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An unknown confederate soldier wrote:

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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