Small Gifts

Earlier today a friend posted a request for encouragement. A favorite song, scripture, quote that might bring enlightenment, a sense of joy, a glimpse of heaven in our midst, an assurance that the struggle of life is worth the fight.

Along with others I shared the following, with a note, that said;

“I may not always know how to please you my Lord but may my wanting to please you, please you.” #ThomasMerton

This simple prayer reminds me of my limited intellect, vision and certainty of knowing, doing God’s will. It allows me to be at peace and certain that if my heart’s desire is to please God, he will take my feeble efforts and make something beautiful.

The older I get, and depending on the day; ancient I feel, the more I become convinced of how difficult a task it is to decipher and act upon what is best, what is holy, what is selfless and noble. We each have biases whether we recognize them or not. We are encumbered by emotional allegiances, cultural influences and slanted upbringings. They shape and taint how we see the world, each other and God.

Wisdom teaches us that awareness of these limitations begins with humility and an acceptance that our perceptions and intentions are finite and restricted. This, however, is not an excuse not to do but that our speech and acts be given as humble offerings and recognized as small gifts given to a needy world and distributed by a resourceful father.




About is a place for sojourners walking this spiritual path called life. - Brian Loging,, is lead writer at tWS. He is also a speaker, author, poet.

Posted on July 11, 2015, in Contemplative Quotes and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. My apologies for the garbage post. The cat walked across the laptop while I was trying to type and I guess she posted. 🙂 The writings of Thomas Merton were introduced to me by a college religion professor and have been very meaningful to me over the years.

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  2. That is a favorite prayer of mine too.


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