From Behind the Stories by Diane Eble, page185.
Francine Rivers - "What God Took Away"
When God takes something away, it is to give back something greater. The gift is always a gateway to the Giver, not the end itself.
You, O God, are the Giver in my life. Every good thing that has ever come my way has been a gift from Your generous hand, I know. I pray that I always lay those gifts at Your feet before I try to use them. I pray that there, at Your feet, those gifts will grow and flourish and accomplish the purposes for which You gave them to me.
But You are also the Giver of things I would label as bad, Lord. You place me in circumstances, You surround me with people, You allow disappointments and failures into my life. And these, too, I need to lay at Your feet. I want to see them, too, as gifts from my loving Father. It's those hard places in life that form my character and mold me into the image of You, sweet Lord Jesus.
Remind me, Lord, that everything that touches my life or is a product of my life first passes through Your hands, then into my world.
Use them according to Your perfect and powerful plan for me and for the people my life touches.
What a beautiful sight, Little One. Piled here at My feet I see all the talents and abilities I gave you. I see the opportunities and difficulties of your small life. I see, too, your limitations and failures, and they are also beautiful to Me.
Full circle, My sweet child. A circle that never really ends or begins. It just keeps on going and giving for eternity.