Faith and Surrender

The Road Ahead

(A Prayer of Faith and Surrender)

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

(1915-1968, Trappist Monk)


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