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Pastor’s Epistle – March 2012

Trust in God

Most of you are aware that we have entered into a church-wide discussion on stewardship at Green Tree. And during Lent this year, I am teaching a class on Wednesday evenings on prayer. One of the goals of this class is to stress the importance of being good stewards of the spiritual aspect of our lives. Not too long ago, a prayer by Thomas Merton came across my desk. Merton was a Trappist monk who devoted his life to social justice issues and spiritual renewal. Allow me to share this prayer with you:

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.

Often times, the Lenten journey can be a long one. The above prayer by Thomas Merton gives us some suggestions as to how we might travel this journey. We may not know where this journey will take us and it may not even be a pleasant journey, but it is important that we try to please God in all we do. However, this prayer is more than about pleasing God. It also points out the importance of trusting in God. Christ traveled a perilous journey to the cross but his trust in God was evident. May our trust be equally so.

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