[From Time Magazine, January 02, 1956]
On the Christmas cards that Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson sent out
during the week, acknowledging cards he received, he struck a humble note.
His card bore the prayer of an unknown Confederate soldier.
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 I asked for–but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I, among all men, am most richly blessed!
Dr Bob Griffin
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”