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The Right Road

Thomas Merton

Early morning walk TS 142397968My 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, Thoughts in Solitude
 
 
 
 

You are my God. Show me what you want me to do, and let your gentle Spirit lead me in the right path.
Psalm 143:10 (CEV)

SAY A PRAYER: When you’re feeling confused about the decisions you have to make, pray for God’s guidance and for assurance of God’s presence. Maybe even “borrow” the prayer of Thomas Merton.

—from devozine (January/February 2000). Copyright © 1999 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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