a prayer

 

“I asked 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 had asked for, but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.”

note: a prayer quoted by Ronald Rolheiser in his book,Forgotten Among the Lilies.

In the internet the prayer is attributed to a Civil War Soldier.

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