Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

How do you know you are doing God's Will? Is there some sign, or even a billboard saying "God's Will 2 miles ahead"? No, most of the time I am not so informed.

Yesterday a little prayer booklet came in the mail. A prayer for Hope written by Thomas Merton is included. It is no surprise that I have doubts about my decisions, but that some one as educated and well written as Thomas Merton, would also have similar thoughts...well, well. Maybe God does send plain signs, or booklets, after all.

For Hope, 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 that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I belive that the desire to please You, does in fact please You.

And I hope I have that desire in all I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I do 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 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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