A Soldier's Prayer 
(written by an anonymous confederate soldier, US civil war)

U.S. civil war

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 that I had hoped for,
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.


(photo, U.S. Library of Congress) 
| Prayers for All Christians | Hymns for All Ages |
(c) 1997 Washtenaw Covenant Community