Pathway Of Pain
(or The Way To God)

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 without 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?

If God sent no “winter” to freeze me with fear,
Would I yearn for the warmth of “spring” every year?

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.”

Helen Steiner Rice.

  Midi playing is:
Does Jesus Care?
(by Frank E. Graeff)

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth and song;
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

O yes, He cares; I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the longs nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep nightshades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I've tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief I find no relief,
Tho' my tears flow all the night long?

Does Jesus care when I've said "good-by"
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Casting all your care upon Him;
for He careth for you.
1 Peter 5:7.
Yes, Jesus cares for you!

Hereby perceive we the love of God,
because He laid down His life for us...
1 John 3:16.


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