Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Blessing of Unanswered Prayers

I asked 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 had asked for,
but eveything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

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Retiredandcrazy said...

I love it. I prayed for tolerance and I am surrounded by the most maddening people!

jess wilson said...

one of my favorite songs ..

garth brooks

chorus is

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers

Remember when youre talkin to the man upstairs

That just because He doesnt answer doesnt mean He dont care

Some of gods greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I needed this right now. Thank you.

Wanda said...

I stopped praying for patience a long time ago.


Deb Shucka said...

Namaste. Love. Hugs.

Go Mama said...

Thank you for posting this.

As one who has had many "unanswered" prayers, I have lived a colorful and adventurous life. I am reminded to be thankful for the abundance that exists all around us, and in offering up that shift in perspective, I become surrounded by the beauty and perfection of the unfolding of life all around me.

Caveat: Of course in hindsight the perfection is 20/20. In the thick of it all, it may look like bushwhacking through brambles.

Ah, the divinity of it all, she says while raising a glass and chuckling. "What a wonderful world...."

Many blessing to you Carrie as you navigate through.

Amber said...