Sunday, September 07, 2008

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 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 asked God to help me love others, as much as he loves me.
God said…Ahhh, finally you have the idea!