Pathway of PainIf 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."
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