Monday, October 3, 2011

Pathway of Pain

Every time I see my great aunt Mary, she hands me a bag or box full of photos, letters, death notices and other important ephemera. Once in awhile I will sift through it and find something interesting. I was sifting this morning, trying to locate some old photos that needed to be restored (for Daniel's photography class), when I came upon a card printed with the following message:
"If my days were untroubled and my heart always light, would I seek that fair land where there is no light?...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 wickedness 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 send 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."

I'm not sure who wrote it, but I like it, and it is so true.

1 comment:

  1. This is a good one! It's "Pathway of Pain" by Helen Steiner Rice.