A Prayer for Comfort & Direction

Here’s a favorite prayer that has traveled long and far with me, a comfort when clouds loomed murkily on the horizon.

“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 that 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 will I 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.”    

Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

Western Cape Province, South Africa

grace, peace & well-traveled prayers

Virginia : )

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14 Responses to A Prayer for Comfort & Direction

  1. Carol-Jo says:

    A beautiful picture and prayer, …

  2. Bernadette says:

    Thomas Merton has a way of saying the most profound thoughts in simple words. Thanks for sharing.

    • Virginia says:

      His writings have had a profound impact on my life. In my early 20s I went on my 1st weeklong silent retreat @ Gethsemane Abbey in Kentucky where he was a Trappist monk. A seminal experience! ✨🙏✨

  3. arlene says:

    Familiar passages from Thomas Merton Virginia. I blogged about this prayer once. I also have the hardcover volume of Thoughts in Solitude.

    • Virginia says:

      Thoughts in Solitude is one of my favs (along with his autobiographical Seven Story Mountain & New Seeds of Contemplation & & &…) In my early 20s I took an evening class @ Georgetown University in DC studying his books – & somehow managed to read all of them whilst working a crazy 24/7-ish job! ✨🙏✨

  4. beautiful prayer and the heart of life.

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