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The Desire to Please

Ryan prayingI love reading the Psalms because they give words to the joy, sorrow, anger, questions and disappointment that are sometimes realized in my heart.  They also remind me that God knows and is present.

Sometimes God provides other people (contemporary psalmists?) to give expression to the state of my heart.

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 I will 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, “Thoughts in Solitude”

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