God Said

By Claudia Menden Weisz

I asked God to take away my pride. 
God said "No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up."

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. 
God said "No.
Her spirit is whole, her body was only temporary."

I asked God to grant me patience. 
God said "No.
Patience is a by-product of tribulations; 
it isn't granted, it is earned."

I asked God to give me happiness. 
God said "No.
I give you blessings, happiness is up to you."

I asked God to spare me pain. 
God said "No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares 
and brings you closer to me."

I asked God to make my spirit grow. 
God said "No.
You must grow on your own, 
but I will prune you to make you fruitful."

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said "No.
I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things."

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me.
God said..."Ahhhh....finally you have the idea!"


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