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Answered Prayer

I asked for strength,
that I might achieve;
I was made weak,
that I might learn 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 received nothing that I asked for –
but all that I had hoped for;
almost despite myself,
my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

Author: Unknown Confederate Soldier