A Prayer of Gratitude: ‘Richly Blessed’

The following prayer comes from the Notre Dame Book of Prayer and is attributed to an unknown Confederate soldier.

Richly Blessed

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 men [and women];
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 thing that I had asked for,
but everything that I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all [people], most richly blessed.

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