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Thomas Merton’s Prayer of Abandonment and Trust

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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 that I have that desire in all that I am doing.

And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road although 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

Written by MattAndJojang

October 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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  1. A beautiful photo, and wonderful words from Merton.

    They remind me of some of my favorite words from Luther (slightly paraphrased, because I’m feeling too lazy to go googling this morning): “That which you trust and believe with your whole heart, that is your God.”

    One of Luther’s deepest insights is that there are no atheists. The only question is, do you put your trust in false gods, or the true God? It’s caused me to smile in the midst of heated discussions, more than once.


    October 10, 2010 at 11:12 pm

  2. Merton is my childhood hero. I first read him when I was 15 or 16 years old…

    I particularly love this prayer, especially now – because it fits my present situation in life. I am presently undergoing major changes in my life, and I am still in the dark as to what to do next.

    I can only entrust my life to God, and hope that he will turn things around…



    October 11, 2010 at 8:51 am

  3. Wow, this prayer really goes to my heart. The picture too, for walk in this world is a spiritual one.

    The most simple prayer in my life is “Jesus, I trust in you”. Easy to say, but not always easy to live.

    Matt, I pray for what ever you are going through – HIS healing Mercy may wash over you. Thanks so much for sharing this .

    Christopher H

    October 21, 2017 at 7:53 pm

  4. Hi, Christopher!

    Merton’s “Prayer of Abandonment and Trust” is one of my favorite prayers. I posted this when I and my wife were at a difficult time in our lives and I was in the process of making a very important decision. This happened a few years ago, and now on hindsight I made, with God’s grace, the right decision.

    Thank you for the prayers, and God bless your kind heart…



    October 25, 2017 at 8:54 pm

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