“When I am liberated by silence, when I am no longer involved in the measurement of life, but in the living of it, I can discover a form of prayer in which there is effectively, no distraction. My whole life becomes a prayer. The whole world of silence in which I am immersed contributes to my prayer.”
Thomas Merton, Thoughts In Solitude
The wise and holy, the foolish and the seeking, they all seem to express this idea of life becoming a prayer. When I first starting curating this prayer blog, I referred to Michel Quoist who said the same sort of thing in Prayers of Life:
“If we knew how to listen to God, if we knew how to look around us, our whole life would become prayer. For it unfolds under God’s eyes and no part of it must be lived without being freely offered to him.”
Today’s prayer comes from Thomas Merton’s little “Thoughts in Solitude.” It is a simple honest little thing. It is interwoven with confusion and trust; in other words, it is prayer:
The Desire to Please You, Pleases You
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 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 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.