God Always Answers

Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives
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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 great 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.

~ A prayer traditionally attributed to an American soldier who was seriously disabled in the Civil War. It is a beautiful example of the depths of discovery of the gifts that suffering that a wound can bring.

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