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!

  –Author unknown