A soldier’s prayer.

A Soldier’s Prayer


I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn to humbly obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity, that I might do better 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 for 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 hoped for– but everything that I had hoped for,
Almost despite myfelt, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed!

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~ by cranialrumblings on February 3, 2009.

6 Responses to “A soldier’s prayer.”

  1. Hmmm… Nice… But is that all a soldier has to pray for and talk about? I mean, every man would have the same thoughts and prayers. But not every man would have the power to kill – without questions asked. Not every man would live with the fear of not living to see his children grow up – something he can’t question. Just my thoughts.

  2. Brilliant…my favorite till now.

  3. Enemy

    Please help me
    said a soldier to another
    I am grievously wounded
    Would you not help a brother?
    I would if I could,
    Believe me said the Other
    But I may only pity you
    and fill you with hot lead:
    you are my enemy
    we are at War

  4. Discharge

    I want to go home
    said the boy of nineteen
    I don’t know what I have become
    after all that I have seen
    blood and pain
    and again
    and again
    I came across a wounded man
    and shot him through the head
    I did this not out of anger or hate
    but because I took aim
    and he said Bitte! Nein!
    Not Non! S’il vous plait!

  5. This might be the prayer of a soldier when he/she is not under fire. I think it’s extremely difficult to maintain optimism when in a firefight. But perhaps that is what is expected of a soldier, and perhaps that is what they receive training for.

  6. Honestly, this is your best that I’ve read so far. I’d say, this is more like the “happy stuff” that you can try writing. This has such strength to it. I can imagine the battle-scarred face of the soldier!
    Ok, this is playing like a movie in front of my eyes. He’s standing at a cliff, an edge of some sort.
    “I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,”
    Now at a drill, with his drill sergeant and his mates – “I was made weak, that I might learn to humbly obey”
    Get my drift??
    This is wonderful. I want to film this. I don’t know how, but I want to film this…

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