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Merton's Prayer from "Thoughts in Solitude"

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.

Affirmation from Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" 

In the infinity of life where I am,

all is perfect, whole, and complete.

I believe in a power far greater than I am

that flows through me every moment of every day.

I open myself to the wisdom within,

knowing that there is only One Intelligence in the Universe.

Out of this One Intelligence comes all the answers,

all the solutions, all the healings, all the new creations.

I trust this Power and Intelligence,

knowing that whatever I need comes to me

in the right time, space, and sequence.

All is well in my world.

CAIRNS by Jennifer Hoffmann

Eternal pilgrims we,
on the sometimes broken
sometimes silken
we call our lives.
Longing pilgrims we,
hungrily seeking
stones and rocks
all shapes and sizes
to point the way.
Blessed pilgrims we,
when the stories of our lives
sometimes broken, sometimes silken
are deemed cairns
by the one who truly listens.
Grateful pilgrims we,
gathering stones and rocks
and with the one who truly listens
patiently creating
a cairn of balance
that reaches toward
Wise pilgrims we,
as we bless the cairn
bless the sometimes broken
sometimes silken
we call our lives,
and know that
heaven is the gift
of welcoming
the broken and the silken
with equal measure.