A Prayer for Discernment

Ron is away at a week long session of The Academy for Spiritual Formation, a two year spiritual formation event created and run by The Upper Room.

We used the following prayer by Thomas Merton in our evening worship tonight, and as I and members of our congregation have been praying for discernment and God’s guidance of late, I thought it appropriate to share:

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. Amen.

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