August 16, 2022

Prayer by Thomas Merton

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen.

Psalm 130

Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice; *

let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, *

Lord, who could stand?
For there is forgiveness with you; *

therefore you shall be feared.
I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; *

in his word is my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than watchmen for the morning, *

more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, wait for the Lord, *

for with the Lord there is mercy;
With him there is plenteous redemption, *

and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

Image: “Misty road [1920×1200] – arbili” by Douglas Tofoli is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.

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