If my days were untroubled,
and my heart was 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 search a hand
to help and sustain?
If I walked without sorrow
and lived without pain,
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 see 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!

Helen Steiner Rice ~~

Thank you Lora for advising me of Helen Steiner Rice
as being the author of this wonderful poem.

'Love In A Mist' painted by Sophie Anderson
French artist ~ 1823 - 1903



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