I Asked God for Strength

I Asked God for Strength


 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 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 I had hoped for. 

Almost despite myself,

my unspoken prayers were answered.


I am among all men, most richly blessed.






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