The Blessing of Unanswered Prayers


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 others;

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 all that I had hoped for.Almost despite myself,

My unspoken prayers were answered;

I am most richly blessed.


(By an unknown Confederate soldier)