Sunday, August 2, 2009

One of VADM James Bond Stockdale's Favorite Poems - Sunday Thoughts

We asked for strength that we might achieve;
He made us weak that we might obey.
We asked for health that we might do great things;
He gave us infirmity that we might do better things.
We asked for riches that we might be happy;
We were given poverty that we might be wise.
We asked for power that we might have the praise of men;
We were given weakness that we might feel the need of God.
We asked for all things that we might enjoy life;
We were given life that we might enjoy all things.
We received nothing that we asked for
But all that we hoped for.
And our prayers were answered.
We were most blessed.

VADM Stockdale said this poem helped sustain him during his many years as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam.

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