You Will Never Leave Me To Face My Perils Alone1
I don’t agree with much of his theology, but I think Thomas Merton’s prayer speaks truthfully and hopefully into the hearts of hurting people of God’s always present companionship.
To people fearful about the future. To single moms, and single dads. To families in trouble. To people who have failed, again. To kids whose parents are divorcing. To men and women struggling with addictions, or shame, or losing hope fast.
God says it best in His word:
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me,
And Merton helps me flesh it:
The Desire to Please 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,
the desire to please you.
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 all-ways.
Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death,
I will not fear.
For you are forever with me.
And you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Here are some additional truths from God’s word about His ever-presence with us:
Deuteronomy 20.1, 31.6, Psalm 27.4, 46.1-3, 48.14, 118.6, Isaiah 43.2-4, Jeremiah 46.27-28, Matthew 28.20, Romans 8.9-11, 26-27, 31, I Corinthians 6.19, Galatians 4.6