The Merton Prayer

February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

I found a couple of books by Thomas Merton my Grannie gifted me awhile back, and that led me to look up the man for the first time in awhile. There’s a PBS documentary I’d love to find as well, about his life. His gift of words to evoke the communion between Christians and God is poignant in all that I’ve read by him. The truth in what he writes would resonate with unbelievers too, because all humans struggle with loss, displacement, and discouragement just as we all desire joy and peace and a sense of purpose. The well-known prayer below has stuck with me these past couple of weeks and captures full well how the journey feels at the moment.

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.

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