Give me those things which others never ask of You.
I don't ask You for rest, or tranquility.
Not that of the spirit, the body, or the mind.
I don't ask You for wealth, or success, or even health.
All those things are asked of You so much Lord,
that you can't have any left to give.
Give me instead Lord what You have left.
Give me what others don't want.
I want uncertainty and doubt.
I want torment and battle.
And I ask that You give them to me now and forever Lord,
so I can be sure to always have them,
because I won't always have the strength to ask again.
But give me also the courage, the energy,
and the spirit to face them.
I ask You these things Lord,
because I can't ask them of myself.
That is a prayer that was found on the body of one of the very first British SAS soldiers in North Africa. The paratrooper, who was a Frenchman and philosphy professor when the Nazis invaded France, Lieutenant Andre Zirnheld, was killed during a raid behind the lines in Libya (some sites claim he died in 1941 and others claim 1942). His 'Paratrooper's Prayer' was adopted by the Foreign Legion paratroops.
It is what I thought of when I saw this trailer for the documentary "Outside the Wire". Former Marine and television news producer JD Johannes traveled to Iraq with his old Marine Corps unit (he was honorably discharged in 1999) as an embed for his local TV station. He put his material together in an outstanding documentary. Check out the trailer (it ROCKS):