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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1477
AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: 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 had hoped for
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown.

As “A Creed for Those Who Have Suffered,” this has been used by rehabilitation centers. Adlai E. Stevenson used these lines on his Christmas card, 1955.