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;

Her body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience,

And God said, "NO."

He said that patience is a byproduct of tribulation.

I asked God to give me happiness.

And God said, "NO."

He said he gives blessings.

But happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain.

And God said, "NO."

He said, "Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares

And brings you closer to me."

I asked God if He loved me,

And God said, "YES."

He gave His only Son to die for me,

And I will be in heaven someday because I believe and obey.

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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