Thoughts in Solitude

I found this written on an article — said it was taken from ‘Thoughts in Solitude’ by Thomas Merton.

“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.”

{by Thomas Merton}