A prayer for all people

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.


-Thomas Merton