Monday, October 02, 2006

Unanswered Prayers

This was one of the readings at Yom Kippur services today. It's my new favorite:

Asking God
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 that I hoped for. . .
Almost, despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all people most richly blessed.

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