A Thought

A Thought

From      Thomas Merton, o.c.s.o.
(Prayer of 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 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.

(from “Thoughts in Solitude” © Abbey of Gethsemani.)

       Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed

  I was walking along the beach with the Lord.

    Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

      In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.

        Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,

          other times there was one only.


            This bothered me because I noticed

          that during the low periods of my life,

        when I was suffering from

      anguish, sorrow or defeat,

    could see only one set of footprints,

  so I said to the Lord,

“You promised me Lord,

that if I followed you,

  you would walk with me always.

    But I have noticed that during

      the most trying periods of my life

        there has only been one

          set of footprints in the sand.

            Why, when I needed you most,

          have you not been there for me?”


        The Lord replied,

      “The years when you have

    seen only one set of footprints, my child,

  is when I carried you.”

                                                                    Mary Stevenson, 1936