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The penetrating message was caught in a poem written by an unknown confederate soldier, who finally learned the lesson of the thorn.

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 endure all things.

I got nothing 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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