I asked God.........

 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 byproduct 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 ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as he
 loves me.
 God said... Ahhhh,
 finally you have the idea