Prayer of Thomas Merton

Sunset lights up the trees along the path across Tillamook Head. Photo by Thomas Robinson. See

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 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.  Amen.

I first found this prayer on a beautifully printed prayer card sitting on the pillow of my retreat room in the Guesthouse at Gethsemani Abbey, near Bardstown, Kentucky, back in 1980s, the Trappist Abbey where Thomas Merton was a monk for 27 years.