Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
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 forbut everything I had hoped for Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
As A Creed for Those Who Have Suffered, this has been used by rehabilitation centers. Adlai E. Stevenson used these lines on his Christmas card, 1955.