DAILY THOUGHTS FOR DAILY NEEDS (A POEM BY HELEN STEINER RICE)

By Yerni Miss Endang Polly

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If we put our problems in God’s hand,

There’s nothing we need to understand

It is enough to just believe

That what we need we will receive.

Life is a mixture of sunshine and rain,

Teardrops and laughter, pleasure and pain

We can’t have all bright days, but it’s certainly true

There was never a cloud that

The sun didn’t shine through.

The more you love, the more you’ll find

That life is good and friends are kind

For only what we give away

Enriches us from day to day.

Often we stand at life’s crossroads

And view what we think is the end,

But God has a much bigger vision

And He tells us it’s ‘only a bend.’

Everything is by comparison,

Both the bitter and the sweet

And it takes a bit of both of them

To make our life complete.

Oh, make us more aware, dear God

Of little daily graces

That come to us with ‘sweet surprise’

From never-dreamed-of places.

You can’t pluck a rose all fragrant with dew

Without part of the fragrance

Remaining on you.

God never sends the winter

Without the joy of spring

And though today your heart may ‘cry’

Tomorrow it will ‘sing.’

Source:

Rice, Helen Steiner. (1971). Lovingly (Poems for All Seasons). London: Hutchinson & Co Ltd.

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