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Thoughts in Solitude, by Thomas Merton

Sharing this, which was printed on an insert of the bulletin from a service that I attended at Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois. It resonated with me that week. Perhaps it will resonate with someone who reads it today.


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 that I have that desire in all that I am

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.


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