"The Way to God"

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by Helen Steiner Rice

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 weigh 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 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."