Monday, May 2, 2011

I asked for strength
that I might achieve;
I was made weak
that I may learn to humbly obey.
I asked for  health
that I may 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…most richly blessed.

-Confederate soldier during the Civil War

Sunday, May 1, 2011

There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. 
                                                      Yet that will be the beginning.
                                                                                  -Louis L'Amour