Pathway of Pain


Katherine Unger

Often attributed to 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 search 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 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 “Highway of Pain.”

Katherine Unger (Steinbach EMC) faced difficulties in life and passed away in 2000. She found helpful this poem from Back to the Bible. It is shared on her behalf by her two daughters, Sarah Barkman and Kathy Kroeker (both Steinbach EMC).

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