A Civil War Prayer

For Thanksgiving: The prayer of an unknown confederate soldier. He speaks the kinds of blessings that most of us aren't brave enough to request.
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Like the unknown soldier, may you discover your own richest blessings in unspoken prayers. Happy Holiday.
~kleigh
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Soldier's Graves at the Battle of Manassas (Bull Run), 1861
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"I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
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I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
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I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
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I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
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I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I may enjoy all things.
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I got nothing that I asked for, but everything that I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed."
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The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier
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Pictured: "Soldier's Graves at the Battle of Manassas (Bull Run)"
This Original Civil War photograph, and others, can be found at:
Mike Ely Naugh
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