Prayer versus Complaining

One winter on the western front an artillery crew was preparing for trial shots. The test was essential because its results would determine what corrections were necessary for accurate field artillery fire from the gun in that given position. But weather conditions were such that the observer could not see the target, and the test could not be made. Giving way to a sense of frustration at a moment when there was need for effective action, the gun sergeant said bitterly, "I'll bet the enemy prayed all night for this weather!"

"In that case," a near-by officer quietly responded, "they got what they prayed for. Perhaps we had better pray more, and complain less."

The Joyous Business of Giving
June 8, 1946

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