A Great Prayer by a Great Contemplative

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 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 I will 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

Today’s 15 minutes of prayer: At work again, an unfinished task sitting on the desk in front of me. I so wanted to finally finish it, wanted to be productive today. But productivity, busyness, procrastination, can all be parts of the same idol. My goals are not God’s goals for me. The greatest commandment is to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, strength, and by taking time to pray, I can practice that love.

I’m spending this month blogging with other Faith and Inspiration writers at The Nester’s 31 Days challenge. Here’s the complete list of my posts for the month so far.

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