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.
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"
© Abbey of Gethsemani
I received this from my Spiritual Director Fr. Roger today. He doesn't know I'm a wannabe runner, and this prayer was to help me gain courage and hope in some career decisions I need to make shortly. But In my mind, it says so much about running that I thought I would share it with you.
I was out on the slush and ice tonight on a 7 mile run (1 mi wu + 5 mi @ 10:48 + 1 mi cd) and I tripped on a big chunk of ice, did a summersault and slid for about 6 yards. Got up right away and stepped lightly on it, then hobbled for a few yards and then ran the rest of the run at 75% with a light touch on the left foot! It's slightly swollen, but I've got Dr. Miracle working on it and I'm listening to her 100%! It was iced and then was taped up with "spider-tape" to immobilize some of the movement. I run next on Monday. I think I should be 98.2% by then!