I was doing some basic organizing at work and came across a long-forgotten poem from 1996 that I had cut out of the newspaper and stored away. Do you remember Ann Landers? She had printed a poem that was sent in by a reader. Reading it over again after so many years I remembered why I kept it in the first place.
And God Said No
By Claudia Minden Weisz
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.
It isn’t granted, it’s earned.
I asked God to give me happiness,
And God said, “No.” He said He gives blessings,
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 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 God to help me love others as much as He loves me,
And God said, “Ah, finally, you have the idea.”