And God Said No

Passed onto me and I quite like this so I thought I'd share it.

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I asked God to take away my pride. And God said No.
He said it was 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 was whole, her body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. And God said No.
He said patience is a by-product of tribulations. It isn't granted, it is earned.

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

I asked God to spare me pain. And God said No.
He said suffering draws me apart from worldly cares and brings me closer to Him.

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 for all things that I might enjoy life. And God said No.
He said He will give me life, that I may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me love others, as much as he loves me.
And God said Ah, finally you have the idea!

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