I asked God

Quite a few people asked to the text of a prayer/reflection we used last Sunday.  So here it is.

I asked God to take away my pride.
And God said “No”.
He said it was not for Him
to take it away,
but for me to give it up.

I asked God to make my child whole.
And God said “No”.
He said her spirit was whole,
her illness 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 asked 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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