Answered Prayer 

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 sickness, 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 for God. 
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life; 
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things. 
I received nothing I asked for -- but everything I hoped for. 
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayer was answered; 
I am, among all men, most richly blessed. 


(Unknown Confederate Soldier) 

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