A Christmas 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 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 presence of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I not nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.”
Anonymous but one reference attributes it to a Confederate soldier
As we close out 2010, in this prayer I find meaning. Never would I want to experience a year like this one but having experienced it, I am thankful for the lessons it taught me. Perhaps we need adversity to make us fully appreciate what we have.
Meditate on these words as you conclude your year. Your comments are appreciated and solicited.