Interrupted Prayer

by Teresa Spring

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    Dear Lord,

    I knelt to pray for one afflicted—

    But paused with words unsaid

    For I (in my limited wisdom)

    Had been about to ask,

    As always,

    That the sick one be healed;

    That all suffering cease.

    In short,

    That all should have

    a happy ending

    All the time.

    Oh, dear Father, instead I give thanks

    That Thou, (in Thine Infinite Wisdom)

    Art able to

    Edit my prayers,

    Lest, in my well-intentioned concern

    I should shield those I love

    From the very trials

    They may need

    To bring them


    To thee.