Meanderings, Quotes

Praying with Thomas Merton

James Martin in a recent interview with Krista Tippett at OnBeing offered this prayer from Thomas Merton.

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.
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 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.

Thomas Merton (Thoughts in Solitude)

Meanderings

Old Spice revenues up 107%!?! Perhaps the mainline church can spice it up! (via Len Sweet’s Na

Old Spice revenues up 107%!?! Perhaps the mainline church can spice it up! (via Len Sweet’s Na

Old Spice revenues up 107%!?! Perhaps the mainline church can spice it up!

(via Len Sweet’s Napkin Scribbles)

The Old Spice shifted from a company trapped in its past (and my dad’s past) to a completely new demographics while revenues climbed 107% in the past year. The new demographics is reflected by its 1.3 million Facebook fans and 30 million views on YouTube. Leonard Sweet notes that the shift comes without leaving its core product – hairy armpits and facial foliage. So mainline, sidelined, over the line, and offline churches should take note and stay focused on our business … helping people learn how to be fully devoted followers of Jesus!