Paratroopers Prayer

A completely different blog post today but one of originality and which I found so beautiful I deem to share it with you.  It was written by a former SAS soldier, André Zirnheld during the WW II.

I ask you, O Lord, to give me

What I cannot obtain for myself.

Give me, my Lord, what you have left.

Give me what no one asks of you.

I do not ask for repose

Nor for tranquillity

Of body or soul.

I ask not for riches,

Nor success, nor even health.

My Lord, you are asked for such things so much

That you cannot have any more of them.

Give me, my God, what you have left.

Give me what others don’t want.

I want uncertainty and doubt.

I want torment and battle.

And give them to me absolutely, O Lord,

So that I can be sure of having them always.

For I will not always have the courage

To ask for them from you.

Give me, my God, what you have left.

Give me what others do not want.

But give me also the bravery,

And the strength and the faith.

For these are the things, O Lord,

That only you can give.