Thanksgiving Column from Annie’s Mailbox

Here is one of Ann Landers’ favorite essays, which we feel is quite appropriate for Thanksgiving:

I Asked God (author unknown)

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.

I was made weak, that I might learn 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.

Dear Readers: This was written many years ago by Judy Vekasy, a registered nurse and director of activities in a nursing home in Savannah, Tenn., and it appeared several times in Ann Landers’ column. It originally appeared in the Memphis Commercial Appeal. For those with some spare time this week, please stop by any nursing home and volunteer:

You say you can’t do anything. Can you read? Good. Read to me. My eyes aren’t what they used to be.

Can you write? Good.

(Billy’s Thoughts>> Read more of the above column from Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar.)

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