Prayer Poem


He prayed for strength that he might achieve;

    He was made weak that he might obey.

He prayed for health that he might do great things;

    He was given infirmity that he might do better things.

He prayed for riches that he might be happy;

    He was given poverty that he might be wise.

He prayed for power that he might have praise of men;

    He was given weakness that he might feel the need of God.

He prayed for all things that he might enjoy life;

    He was given life that he might enjoy all things.

He received nothing that he had asked for; but all that he had hoped for.

His prayer was answered, and he was of all men most blessed.


May God grant me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the wisdom to know the difference.