The Confederate Soldier's Prayer
There will still be reenactments, I’ll still be going and selling my books. But I’ll always remember I was part of these special years.
I was given the following prayer, called “Confederate Soldier’s Prayer.” It was found on the body of a Confederate Soldier known only to God. I think it’s a fitting prayer for all soldiers –all of us –everywhere, especially in today’s world.
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
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 got everything I had hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all people, most richly blessed.