Friday, May 2, 2008

Pathway of Pain


"Pathway of Pain"
If my days were untroubled
and my heart always light,
would I seek that fair land
where there is no night?
If I never grew weary
with the weight of my load,
would I search for Gods peace
at the end of the road?
If I never knew sickness
and never felt pain,
would I search for a hand
to help and sustain?
If I walked without sorrow
and lived without loss,
would my soul seek solace
at the foot of the cross?
If all I desired
was mine day by day,
would I kneel before God
and earnestly pray?
If God sent no winter
to freeze me with fear,
would I yearn for the
warmth of Spring every year?
I ask myself these
and the answer is plain,
if my life were pleasure
and I never knew pain
I'd seek God less often
and need Him much less,
for God is sought more often
in times of distress.
And no one knows God
or sees Him as plain
as those who have met Him
on the "Pathway of Pain."

Author: Helen Steiner Rice

6 comments:

Audre said...

I loved this poem thank you so much for posting it. I needed it today. Hope your friday is great.

Kathy said...

I LOVE Helen Steiner Rice!! She's my very favorite poet!!

Wonderful poem, and so true! Thanks for sharing!

Corie O'Brien said...

I Love that poem. Can I share it on my blog?

Sheryl said...

Love the poem. You sure know the "pathway of pain" but you also sure know your Savior all the more.

Thanks for the reminder, I need it.

Sheryl

dr_bristow said...

Wow, I love this, and just sent it to a friend of mine who is going through a really hard time right now. Thank you for sharing it! Praying for you.

msharae said...

I realized this morning that i haven't checked your blog since Friday afternoon (I'm an internet addict), so I rushed to check it, and I see that you took time away from the internet, too!

I hope you've had a good weekend, and that you're having a good day now. I've been praying for you!