A Creed For Those Who Have Suffered

 

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 great things,

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things…

 

I asked God 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 I asked for-but everything that I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

 

I am, among men, most richly blessed!

 

A Fallen Confederate Soldier

 

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