I asked God for strength, that I might do greater things,
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.


This article can be found in Mirror 0713.