Thomas Merton’s discernment prayer

i’ve been wondering about what a more intentional discernment process might look like for the next year as i figure out what comes next after i graduate from this lovely institution.

yesterday i chose a prayer by Thomas Merton to use for this season of my life as i attempt to discern some big next steps.

today i read a chapter on discernment in a book, Ruth Haley Barton’s Sacred Rhythms, which ended with this exact Merton prayer.  lovely. 

wanted to share it with you all!

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 I am following your will does not mean 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 everything 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.  Amen.