July 14, 2006

    I asked 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 had asked for,
    But everything that I had hoped for.
    Almost despite myself my unspoken
    prayers were answered;
    I am among all men,
    most richly blessed.

    -Unknown Confederate soldier

    --I received this in response to yesterday's
    edition, which included the 91st Psalm.
    Gene Donaldson fought in the Pacific during
    World War II. I decided to share it because
    he's 'been there.'  And because he's my dad.

    "It was nice to see the 91st psalm get some ink today. I believe I have told
    you that at one time I memorized it. During my service time, and espe-
         cially when enemy planes or ships were facing us, I did my part as a
four-man crew on an anti-aircraft gun. But I called on a couple of sections
of old Psalm 91 to help me keep my calm. You can bet each one of us
was reaching for some comfort."

    ---Gene Donaldson

    O Tender Father,
    you gave me more, much more
    than I ever thought to ask for.

    I realize that our human desires
    can never really match
    what you long to give us.

    and again thanks, O Father,
    for having granted my petitions, and that which I never realized I needed
    or petitioned. Amen.

    St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
    The second woman to be declared
    a doctor of the Catholic Church.

    And now the Last Word:

    God always answers our prayers
    with one of three possible answers:

  • Yes.

  • Not now.

  • I have a better idea.

    --author unknown, but appreciated