Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year's Post

Today is New Year's Day, and I am beginning a journey of focusing on two things: losing 20 pounds and finding new direction for my life and ministry. I have been challenged by my Spiritual Director to spend time seeking the heart of God for what life will bring during the next 10 years of my journey.

I accepted the challenge.

The first thing that came to mind was this prayer of Thomas Merton. I will keep it handy to begin my time of exploring with God:

“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 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