Friday, August 7, 2009

"That I May Carry Out Your Holy and True Command"

All of us at various points in our lives wonder what is our vocation in life. It does not matter how young or how old we may be, I think all of us ask the question, "Where is God leading me?" And sometimes the answer is not clear. That is why I turn quite often to this prayer by Thomas Merton, who wrote it in his magnificent little book, "Thoughts in Solitude:"

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 alone to face my perils alone.

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