I came across this prayer by Thomas Merton a couple of days ago, on an app I use to assist me in my 12 Step spiritual practice. It brought tears to my eyes immediately, as it speaks directly to me  in this time of uncertainty. Perhaps it will also speak to you:

“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.”

 I am very happy to be here in the Salinas Valley. It’s beautiful and very peaceful. I’m grateful that I have the whole day to enjoy this place, the animals, and to take care of myself. I’m reading a book about St. Francis of Asissi. I am cooking for my friends and they are very grateful. The animals are happy to have my company. There is a reason for my presence here; my job is to simply be grateful, present and expectant of miracles.

With an ice pack strapped to my ankle.

The familly photos.

“In my heart I do believe that we shall live in peace someday.” — stitched by Susie Gularte



12 thoughts on “Prayer

  1. God bless you Jody. You are right where you need to be. Thank you for sharing the photos and your thoughts. Often very often we do not feel any special closeness to God and He allows that. It’s our faith, and our will to keep believing and trusting, that is what God cherishes.

  2. Jody,
    How about an orthotic to improve your ankle’s alignment?
    Love Bari

    1. Hi Bari!

      You have had more than one good suggestion. Your idea about riding a bicycle makes good sense. I had not thought of orthotics, but I’m sure it would help. I will consider that possibility.

      I’m still thinking about what sort of buggy, or trailer I might use, or possibly a bicycle, though I would prefer to walk if at all possible. I don’t want to continue carrying a back pack, I’m pretty sure.

      Meanwhile, Rob Gularte is fixing a bicycle for me to use, which will be nice for trips into Gonzales to buy groceries. ? ?

  3. Big hugs and lots of love to you dear friend. Enjoy the peace. ❤️
    Blessings from Mt. Shasta.

    1. Blessings to you dear Jen! Enjoy that sacred mountain and all the beauty that surrounds it. You are an integral part of the spirituality that is so present there and everywhere. ♥️

  4. Blessings Jody.
    Yes, gratitude & presence I think are part of the key of willingness…”to proceed as the way opens”.
    Thank you for sharing your journey.
    Love, T

    1. I like that! “To proceed as the way opens.” Thank you Teresa.

  5. Jody what an amazing journey!!! You are so caring and thoughtful. I can totally see you sharing your peace and love with all those you encounter. May God be with you every step of the way. If or when you make it to Southern CA, please don’t forget to stop by my house.
    Love and hugs

    1. I hope I can do that, Rosa Maria. That would be lovely.

  6. “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.” Thank you for sharing this prayer, Jody. Thank you for sharing your journey. My prayers for your growth and joy.

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