A creed for those who have suffered

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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