How good it is when people praise
with grasses green and sunny days,
when all is calm and all is bright
there is no fear of darker nights.
But when heaven’s comforts are on earth
what value has the Savior’s birth?
If from earthly burdens freed
what more of heaven would we need?
How good it is when people groan
longing for a joy unknown,
when life is pain and bodies weak,
the present dark, the future bleak.
For without hurt and fear and loss
what value is the Savior’s cross?
If there were no reason for His death
singing praise would be a waste of breath.
Perhaps the darkness on this earth
can show us what the light is worth.
Hatred, poverty, disease, and sin
can mark the spot where the light begins.
When pain is constant and grief profound,
when our feet are tired, and we hit the ground,
then on our knees, we look up and find
Love excelling, Love divine.
- May 1, 2019
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