Embracing the Uncertain Public Event by St. Luke's Church Dixon, IL
Thomas Merton's Prayer & Surviving Uncertain Times
I am sharing this prayer attributed to 20th century Roman Catholic monk and writer, Thomas Merton. I appreciate it, especially in these uncertain times. It allows me to acknowledge both the omnipotence and the omniscience of God, while also acknowledging my own doubts, uncertainties and, at times, crises of faith. I hope and pray it may also appeal to some of you. Blessings. Fr. Wes
"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 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"
Embracing the message of Merton's prayer, I will be hosting a six-week Lent discussion group focused on how we might embrace (and survive) these times by looking deep within ourselves to determine just what lies in the "uncertain" - the murky, weak, and unreliable arts of our soul. It will begin on February 21st @ 6:00 p.m. in the Undercroft of St. Luke's. It is free, all are welcome, and food is involved. We will adjourn promptly at 7:30 p.m. Please join us.
Wednesday 7 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday 14 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday 21 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM