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A friend sent me the following prayer by Thomas Merton. Merton’s story is interesting – agnostic, atheist, deep depression, spiritual searching, coming to faith as a Catholic priest, and finally, Trappist Monk. Years ago, I read his biography, “The Seven Story Mountain.”

His prayer helps me pray when I’m not sure how to pray….

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 my desire to please you

does in fact please you.

And I hope that 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.

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