In many of those Sunday School classes faithful teachers (most of them with gray hair) would have us memorize scripture. To this day I still memorize scripture and prayers from time to time as part of my ongoing faith development. I want to have a reserve of God words in my head during those critical times when I need a word from God.
This month I am memorizing Thomas Merton's famous prayer. I have used it on the phone a few times talking with potential pastors praying about coming to Alaska. It has been deeply helpful to them. Here is that prayer.
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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