After requests for the poem read during this Sunday’s Homily, here it is. May we all understand and value the “NO.”
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 by-product 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 He 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!”
Maturity in Prayer occurs when we are able to move from the petition, to the deeper prayer, to allow ourselves to be used as an instrument of God’s love and peace. Let us pray that we will mature in our prayers and our relationship with God.