The Blessing In No

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

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

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, "No.
Patience is a byproduct 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 grow."

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

I asked God to help me love others as much as he/she loves me.
God said, "Ahhh, finally you have the idea."

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