January 22, 2021

A Discipleship Prayer

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me,
so 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.
Amen. 
 —Thomas Merton