And God Said No

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 is whole and her body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience,
and God said, “No.”
He said patience is a by-product of tribulation. It isn’t granted, it is 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 us apart from worldly cares and brings us 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 God if He loved me,
and God said, “Yes.”
He gave 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,
a woman raised in an alcoholic home,
whose sister was murdered and
middle daughter diagnosed with a severe disorder requiring 24-hour care.

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