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 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.

May your heart be comforted in knowing
that God has a wonderful purpose for you.    :|:     stories, etc.