Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Thoughts

And God Said “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 us 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 if He loves me,
And God said, “Yes.”
He gave me His only Son who died for me,
And I will be in Heaven someday because I believe.
I asked God to help me love others
As much as He loves me.

And God said,
“Ah, finally you have the idea.”

Author: Anonymous (to me)

I was going through some of my papers and found this poem and decided it was perfect for a Sunday post. I must say that I agree with the philosophy underlying the words of the poem. Struggles with adversity are never easy, but it is when I have been struggling that I have grown closer to my Heavenly Father. As much as I dislike adversity I would never give up the truths I have learned while dealing with it in my life.


Today we traveled to Syracuse (Utah) to participate in the ordaining of my grandson, E, to the Aaronic Priesthood. He is 12 years old now, and this is surely a milestone in his life. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining and leaves gently falling from the trees. We took a few moments to take pictures and afterwards the children took advantage of all the crisp, newly fallen leaves. The children threw the leaves around with great gusto. They took such sheer joy in the pleasantness of the day and the opportunity to abandon themselves to the task of being free spirits for the moment. It was a joy to watch them and hard for me not to want to participate myself. I must admit I did enjoy kicking through the leaves as we walked to our car.

Congratulations, E, we are proud of you for the fine person that you are.



chloe palmer said...

yeah it was so cool to be their. I was so glad you were able to make it and I loved seening you there. So thanks for coming. I loved sending time with you on satuday. Thanks again for saving me.

Annemarie Allen said...

We enjoyed being there as well. What a neat experience it was as Gary ordained Ethan. The spirit of the Lord was their very strong, it was as though Ned was with us.

I'll send you some of the pictures we took of the kids. It was so beautiful to see the leaves falling from the tree.

Gerb said...

I love the poem Gloria! Thanks for sharing. It was just what I needed to read today.

The Paper Plates said...

Thanks Mom and Dad for coming. I am so glad that we have you both. It seems are lives are so busy that a 30 minute ride to your house is so hard these days. We will always remember this day.

elaine said...

Wow what an amazing blog; I have enjoyed reading it to this point. How did you find mine? Thanks for commenting on it. My son is doing great in Brazil, so far. :)

It is just so good to be reminded there is likely a caring mission presidency there.

Thanks again,