A Winner’s Prayer
This song ‘Prayer of a Surrendered Rebel Soul’ is from the 6 sucks sex album Sick Twisted Loving Jesus. Credible sources refer to this as “A creed for those who have suffered” by an unknown author. Reportedly, Adlai E. Stevenson (U.S. Senator and Democrat) included these lines in a Christmas card in 1955, and it has been used by rehabilitation centers. http://www.bartleby.com/73/1477.html.
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The short prose work is an amazing series of profound insights into what we believe what want, and what we really do want, as human beings. Only a prodigal could have penned these words – someone I’ve met in my own heart, and whom I’d like to meet on the other side of this crazy life.
It can also be found reposted online with titles such as ‘An Anonymous Confederate Soldier’s Prayer’, with some also claiming it was found on a “CSA casualty at the ‘Devil’s Den’ in Gettysburg.” I’m unaware of any evidence that this is the source. Cool that people on both ends of a sociopolitical spectrum recognize the glory and spirit in these words.
My song includes some additional lyrics at the end that I wrote.
A Creed for Those Who Have Suffered
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 I asked for but got everything I’d hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
[My own lyrics follow]
I am blessed. You are blessed. We are blessed.
I love you! I love you, God! My Abba! My Father! My Daddy! You go, God!