Mr. C (misterc) wrote in rainbow_ark,
Mr. C

Getting What You Need, Not Always What You (Think You) Want...

What follows is a prayer related to me by a friend, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Purportedly it is a prayer recited by an unknown Confederate soldier during the American Civil War.

I hope it touches you as it touched me:

I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed....
Tags: history, inspiration, prayer
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