When You Can’t See Ahead

I’ve taken a break from blogging for the past several weeks as I have been focused on a film production and other writing projects. Jumping back in, I’d like to offer you this beautiful prayer from Thomas Merton, one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the 20th. century (and one of my favorite writers). I hope you’ll be encouraged and share it with someone in need.

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I’m 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 no idea 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.”

Questions: How does Merton’s prayer speak to you today? Where are you right now in your journey with Christ?  What fears or questions to you need to place in Christ’s hands today?

I can’t say enough good things about how I’ve benefited from his writings and insights into walking with Christ. For starters, I highly recommend the following four books by Merson (available on Amazon):  No Man is An Island. A Thomas Merton Reader, The New Man, Echoing Silence: Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing.

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  • http://unhurriedtime.com/ Alan Fadling

    I always love the simple, receptive posture of this prayer. Thanks for posting it here. Blessings in your writing work. 

    • http://www.joeyo.org Joey O’Connor

      Thanks Alan…yes, it is a beautiful prayer. One that I need daily. I had a good conversation with Martin Allen yesterday. I’m sorry I won’t be able to join you guys. Congratulations on your new publishing deal! Blessings back…

  • Sissym Mascarenhas

    We need to believe, have faith, because sometimes life seems so hard, the paths are dark and not know who to trust. This prayer was so good today. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.joeyo.org Joey O’Connor

      You’re right Sissym…these words are so needed. I’m often reminded that it’s the simplest thoughts that realign my heart with God. I’m glad you were encouraged. Blessings to you!

  • http://www.bhoprc.com JERivertriee

    This morning, I have to say, “Thank you Father for allowing me to discover Joey O’Connor!” Its been a blessing to explore your heart for God through your written thoughts & your Story! Very timely for me. Thanks for making it all available here, it made a lot of difference for me today and to think it all started with a Follow from you on Twitter. Thanks!

    • https://profiles.google.com/107350086208954629499 Joey O’Connor

      Thanks Greg for your kind words. It’s a bit amazing how all these tech tools bring us together. Looking forward to getting to know you better!