Monday, June 7, 2010

The Confederate Soldier's Prayer

Discovered folded in the pocket of a fallen Confederate soldier

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked God 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 men, most richly blessed.

Recited by JHM Camp Chaplain Ben Kennedy at the Annual Confederate Memorial Day Service held at the Pewee Valley Cemetery, June 5, 2010

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