Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 – The Second Tuesday in Lent
A Poem by Thomas Merton
Today, a prayer by Thomas Merton. Merton was a Trappist monk in Gethsemani, Kentucky, a mystic, and a Catholic priest ordained in 1949. He wrote over seventy books about Life with God. This poem has inspired countless Christians over time and speaks to the ways of God, both gentle and faithful, to mold us toward what it is that He would have us do.
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 my desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope that 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.
What I love about this poem is that so much of it is about putting ourselves in God’s care, trusting that doing so will be ‘enough’. It speaks of our need to surrender, of our failure to know ourselves or much else, of our utter dependence on God to lead us to a land of promise and hope.
Our parishioner, Kathy Hufton, is the latest in a long line of people to share with me how powerful this prayer has been for her. Me too, Kathy.
Questions for the day: When I cannot see what is ahead of me, do I search out God’s presence, God’s direction? Do I think that ‘not knowing’ things about myself or others or even God disqualifies me from Grace?
– Christopher Powell