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Praying to the same God

“I asked God for strength, that I may achieve; I was made weak instead, so that I might learn to humbly obey.

I asked God for health, that I may do greater things; I was given infirmity, so that I may do better things.

I asked God for riches, that I may be happy; I was given poverty instead, so that I may be wise.

I asked God for power, so that I may have the praise of men; I was instead made weak, so that I may feel the need for God.

I asked God for all things, so that I may enjoy life; I was given life instead, so that I may enjoy all things.

I got nothing I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers God did answered.

I am among all men, most richly blessed.

- A prayer found among the personal belongings of a fallen unknown Confederate soldier.

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