And God Said,“No”

And God Said,“No”
 
I asked God to take away my pride,
And God said, “No.”
He said it is not for Him to take away,
but for me to give up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole,
And God said, “No.”
He said her spirit is whole,
 Her body is only temporary
.

I asked God to grant me patience,
And God said, “No.”
 He said that patience is a by-product of tribulation,
 it isn’t granted, it’s earned.

I asked God to give me happiness,
And God said, “No.”
He said He gives blessings,
Happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain,
And God said, “No.”
He said, “Suffering draws you apart from worldly
cares and brings you closer to Me.”

I asked God to make my spirit grow,
And God said, “No.”
He said I must grow on my own,
 but He will prune me to make me fruitful.
I asked God if He loved me,
And God said, “Yes.”
He gave me His only Son who died for me,
and I will be in Heaven someday because I believe.

I asked God to help me love others,
as much as He loves me.
And God said, “
Ah, finally you have the idea.”

© 1980, Claudia Minden Weisz. Used by permission of the author.
All other rights reserved by Claudia Minden Weisz.

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