Iceland was fabulous, thank you....Unbelievably cold to one for whom temperatures of 3 degrees or lower spark a "Risk of ice" alert on the car....unbelievably expensive (a £21 pizza to take away, anybody?) but also, and mainly unbelievably beautiful.
Pictures and thoughts to follow soon but meanwhile, because my dear friend Songbird among others is wading through some pretty weighty discernments right now, and because as an ENFP the moment I have a decision made I start wondering about the road not travelled, it's time to post (almost certainly for the second or even the third time) my absolutely favourite Thomas Merton prayer
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 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.