A 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 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 that I will never do anything apart from that desire.  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, even 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

 

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A Tribute To The Bible

The Bible is not an amulet, a charm, a fetish, or a book that will work wonders by its very presence.

It is a book that will work wonders in every life, here and hereafter, if acted upon and obeyed in faith and sincerity.

It is Godís inspired revelation of the origin and destiny of all things, written in the most simple human language possible so that the most unlearned can understand and obey its teachings. It is self-interpreting and covers every subject of human knowledge and need now and forever.

As a literary composition, the Bible is the most remarkable book ever made. It is a divine library of 66 books, some of considerable size, and others no longer than a tract.

These books include various forms of literature Ė history, biography, poetry, proverbial sayings, hymns, letters, directions for elaborate ritualistic worship, laws, parables, riddles, allegories, prophecy, drama, and others. They embrace all manner of literary styles in human expression.

It is a book that reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts binding, its histories true, and its decisions immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.

The Bible contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the travellerís map, the pilgrimís staff, the pilotís compass, the soldierís sword, and the Christianís charter.

Here Heaven is opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good is its design, and the Glory of God its end.

It should fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your feet in righteousness and true holiness.

Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully, meditatively, searchingly, devotionally, and study it constantly, perseveringly, and industriously. Read it through and through until it becomes part of your being and generates faith that will move mountains.

The Bible is a mine of wealth, the source of health, and a world of pleasure.

It is given to you in this life, will be opened at the judgment, and will stand forever.

It involves highest responsibility, will reward the least to the greatest of labour, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

Dakeís Annotated Reference Bible Ė Page 241 

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