I asked God to take away my pain.
God said, “No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it 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 God 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, “Ah, finally you have the idea.”
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