Single Girl’s Prayer

In 1939, Ruth Bell wrote this poem about her future husband. This was before she met Billy Graham.
Dear God, I prayed, all unafraid
(as we’re inclined to do)
I do not need a handsome man
but let him be like you;


I do not need one big and strong
nor yet so very tall,
nor need he be some genius
or wealthy, Lord, at all;
but let his head be high, dear God,
and let his eye be clear,
his shoulders straight,
whate’er his state,
whate’er his earthly sphere;
and let his face have character,
a ruggedness of soul,
and let his whole life show,
dear God,
a singleness of goal;
then when he comes
(as he will come)
with quiet eyes aglow
I’ll understand that he’s the man
I prayed for long ago.”*
*Billy Graham God’s Ambassador, Russ Busby, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1999,page 36.
UPDATE: Linda used the laptop, which was already logged in under my name. She actually posted this, not me — Danny

1 Comment

  1. Becky

    June 3, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you for this. I will forward it to my twenty-something daughter. Sometimes she and her friends lose heart.

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