There be wisdom here.  I have seen this attributed to several people, so I’ll stick with Unknown for now.


I asked God to take away my pride.

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 is whole, her body is 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 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 God loves me.

God said… “Ahhhh, finally you have the idea!”

There is significant wisdom in this poem.

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