In our morning prayer meeting today, we read a portion of Hebrews 11. Often called the Hall of Faith, this chapter is a powerful inspiration to believers in Christ as we walk through situations where the ending is unclear. We can look to the men and women of our Christian heritage as examples, facing seemingly insurmountable unknowns with incredible faith.
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1
We are humbled to see so many families begin the adoption process, full of unknowns and long waits, with the faith of our spiritual ancestors. We're privileged to accompany you during this journey, and pray daily for each of you. This prayer by Thomas Merton, called "Prayer of Abandonment," was read to conclude our morning prayer, and we hope it will be an encouragement as you live by faith, trusting God for each and every need.
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 that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road although I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I 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.