The Way to God

by Helen Steiner Rice 

I was given this book of poems by a friend when I was very upset over pain. It has helped me immensely. May this poem speak to you in your 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 God's peace
at the end of the road?

If I never knew sickness and never felt pain,
Would I reach for a hand to help and sustain?
If I walked not with sorrow
and lived not with loss,
Would my soul seek sweet solace
at the foot of the cross?

If all I desired was mine day by day,
Would I kneel before God
and earnestly pray?

I ask myself this,
and the answer is plain-
If my life were all pleasure
and I never knew pain,

I'd seek God less often
and need Him much less,
For God's 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. 


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