Vocation Prayer #3

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 pleases 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.

Prayer by Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
Source: Vocation Prayers from National Religious Vocation Conference
Artwork: “Jesus, the Good Shepherd” by Sr. Thoma Swanson, OP