SOUL AND SURPRISE
I asked for strength, that I might achieve greatness. 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 hoped for. Almost despite myself, My unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men, Most richly blessed. - Rabindranath Tagore
From A Canopy of Stars: Some Reflections for the Journey by Fr Christopher Gleeson SJ [David Lovell Publishing 2003]
Thought for the Day from Daily Prayer by Church Resources