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