Elaine sends this to me this morning.
This is a quote from the movie Evan Almighty spoken by Morgan Freeman (who plays God):
"If someone prays for patience do you think God gives them patience, or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If they prayed for courage does God give them courage or does he give them opportunities to be courageous? Now if someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings or does he give them opportunities to love each other?"