Last weekend and the early part of this past week led many of us to do some hard thinking about where we are and what the future holds for the citizens of this land.

People are asking themselves and those they feel they can confide in, who they can trust. Spiritual leaders in the community are finding it difficult not to openly take a stand for or against major issues in the news.

Those who are called to lead or who have been elected to lead are also being called upon to support one side or another. Where is there sanity?

Finding peace, whether it be in your heart, in your soul, in your mind or in the very room you’re sitting in, can be difficult to find in normal situations. But when stress is high, and confusion jumps out at you from the television and radio, or at the table next to you in the restaurant, do you have a go-to that quiets things down?

If we practice prayer like we practice other things in our lives, then the answer would be a definite yes. It would be wonderful to know how many people have a practice of prayer that they do routinely on a daily basis.

For some of us, we wonder aimlessly in search of a “right” way to pray. Yes, often my biggest concern is if I’m praying correctly.

As a Christian I know Jesus taught us how to pray. But there is always that one line in there that asks for God’s will to be done. And that leads to the question of “What is God’s will?”

I do know it’s not a left wing way or a right wing way. It’s a humankind way. The one thing we are to do above all is to love God with all we have. If we are loving that way, aren’t we then loving everyone else and all of Creation? I believe so. And so I practice prayer in hopes of doing God’s will.

There is one prayer that I often use when I’m in doubt about life and the way the world is going. It’s by Thomas Merton. Here’s a portion of it:

“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 I have that desire in all that I am doing ... if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it ... and you will never leave to face my perils alone.”

If you’ve found that resonates with you, pass it on. We need so many others to join us doing God’s will.

The Rev. Peter Mark Gdula is a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.

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