Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of Himself.  – Ps 33:4

Reflection.  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 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!

– Excerpts from the Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier