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 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 asked for--but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men, most richly blessed.
LORD, we pray that you give this family what it NEEDS, NOT what the people in it selfishly wants or thinks they need:
Give it peace and tranquility.
Give it unselfishness free of vanity.
Give it honesty and personal responsibility.
Give it humility.
Give it patience and commitment.
…and above all, give it LOVE.