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The Humble Prayer of a Confederate Soldier | Scott Fillmer

I found this poem when I was just out of bootcamp, and into my first year being a Marine.  I read this poem a lot, thinking about what it meant, took me a good few years before I started getting the gist of it.  Glad I did!

The Prayer

“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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The Humble Prayer of a Confederate Soldier | Scott Fillmer

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