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Thanks for Nothing

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 Thanks for nothing, Lord. 

Oh, I haven’t forgotten about the things 
You’ve done or the things 
You’ve promised to do, 
but thanks for nothing too. 

Remember when I asked for that 
date with Carmen? 
She said no, and I couldn’t understand. 
I blamed You for not helping me. 
You gave me nothing. 
But now I see we wouldn’t have hit it off. 

Remember when I wanted a B in geometry? 
I even prayed before the final test. 
I didn’t get a B, Lord. I got a C. 
I wondered why You didn’t help me. 
But because You gave me nothing, I’m studying harder. 
I got a B+ on my Geometry II test. 

Now I want a car. 
Last month I asked You to find me 
what I want at a good price. 
You haven’t yet. I’m learning to be grateful 
even when You give me nothing. 
I’m learning to trust You no matter what. 

For I know now when I’m with You, 
nothing is something too. 
And sometimes it’s everything. 


This poem originally appeared in the November 21, 1987, issue of Insight. At that time Victor Waller, a graduate of the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University, was teaching English at Peterson-Warren Academy in Inkster, Michigan. He is now pastor of the Park Street SDA Church, Oberlin, Ohio, in the Allegheny West Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 

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