Prayer from my dad’s service.

Sermon by Bill Ivey.  Childhood friend of my dads.  Recited the Confederate Soldier’s Prayer at the service.

Confederate Soldier’s Prayer

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked God 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 had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among men, most richly blessed.

Found on the body of a Southern soldier
1861-1865

A story he also told was about a man who lived in New York, who wanted to work on a ranch in Texas.  When he applied for the job, he was asked what qualifications he had, the only thing he could say was, I sleep well on a stormy night.

March 30, 2010

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