Kris Rooney here. For my morning prayer today, I quieted myself and thought about what I wanted to say to God. The first words out were, “I don’t know.” There are things happening that I don’t have answers for, not just in my life (nothing earth-shattering) but in the world (quite earth-shattering). I have no idea what to do or where to even find the answer. Do you ever feel that way? But it is extremely comforting to know that God accompanies me. God accompanies all of us. It reminds me of this prayer by Thomas Merton. He seems to have found better words than my short, I-don’t-know prayer. You may know it, but it’s worth repeating:
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 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.