"I asked for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked God for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I may learn to obey.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power and praise of people;
I was given weakness to sense my 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 I asked for but everything I hoped for;
In spite of myself, my prayers were answered.
I am among all people most richly blessed."
~unknown Confederate soldier