Interrupted Prayer

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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.