Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier, aka The Creed for the Disabled
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 hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier
Written by an unknown Confederate soldier in America and printed in 'In the Service of Medicine' April 1962, who quoted it by permission of Dr. Howard A. Rusk from Soterie, Journal
Of the Protestant Christian Medical Organisation of the Netherlands, No 12 December 1961.
also cited in time Magazine 1956.