mertonThis week our prayer comes from the pen of Thomas Merton (1915-1968). It contains one of my favourite spiritual thoughts.

‘I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.’ 

Very often we do not clear the path ahead clearly but Merton suggests that providing it is our desire to please God which motivates us then however poor or sometimes misguided are our efforts, God does take pleasure in us.

“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.” Amen