My personal reflection for this year’s commemoration of the Lord’s Passion comes from The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier. It is a wonderful prayer on acceptance and gratitude. Let us celebrate (whether we are at a beach now or not) the beauty of life, which Jesus gave to us by giving up His. Thank You, God the Son!
Adlai Stevenson sent a prayer as his Christmas card after he was defeated by Eisenhower. One of the people who received the Christmas card was the famed Dr. Howard Rusk, founder of the “Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine” in New York City. Rush had the prayer, which was then known as “The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier,” placed in bronze and entitled it “A Creed for the Disabled.” This creed has supposily been in the lobby of the Rusk Institute for over thirty years.
The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier
I ask God for the 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.