By Rosie Moore

Every once in a while I come across a beautiful thought and I feel that I should share it with others. The following is an example:

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.

These words are attributed to an unknown Confederate soldier and published on Google under “A Creed For Those Who Have Suffered.” There are many articles written by people who went through harrowing events in their lives and wrote about them–but they forgot to sign their name! Perhaps they were on a lonely battlefield with only a pencil and an envelope or paper towel and wrote words that came to their mind, not realizing that they would be carried down through the ages. Or, perhaps they were in a hospital room gasping for breath, when suddenly they found the strength to write down a thought that entered their minds.

An Irishman (or woman) wrote these words:

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rain fall soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Blessings to the people who passed their thoughts unto others. Their name doesn’t matter but their words will always continue to nurture and comfort us as we meander through life.

Thought for the day: Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes, American poet, novelist and social activist.

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