The Merton Prayer


Let-It-Happen-1Julie read us this prayer from Thomas Merton a few weeks ago. I like it a lot, so I wanted to archive it.

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.

—Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”

Illustrations by Justin Hopkins (RareBit). Justin is based out of Los Angeles. Images found via But Does it Float.




  1. Posted 03/01/2013 at 9:53 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Becky,

    I’m teaching a retreat in two weeks in New Mexico and this Thomas Merton quote is just what I’ve been looking for! It’s perfect! Thank you!

    Your friend,

    • Posted 03/02/2013 at 12:04 PM | Permalink | Reply

      Awesome! Glad it found you!

      • Posted 06/15/2013 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

        Nice to meet you, Ken, and thanks for putitng to words something I’ve long thought about the sound of rushing water. Some days when I need calm I’ll just lay (lie? I’ll never get that right.) and let the faucet run. Horribly wasteful of me, I know, but so, so soothing. I’ll have to look for I Hate People. Thanks for reading.

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