Poetry of Kansas

My Wish

If by this little book of mine,
Some heart may find repose,
Or sunshine come from rifted clouds
On paths where briers grow,
I will be glad that I have lived
And God has made it so,
I could give out a blessing
To some heart and courage give
To those with sadness
And make them glad to live.
 
The birds are singing glad today
Above my window sill,
They fill my heart with peace and
      love,
For God is with us still.
Then courage take and celebrate
With me each new-born day,
Rejoice in God's great love and know
He'll guide you all the way.
And if we stumble we may rise
And breast again the gale,
He'll lead us through the thorn
      strewn path
His love can never fail.
 
I am uncertain of the fate
This booklet may receive,
God knoweth best and I am blessed
Thus knowing to believe
That He will watch above it
Till some hearts are made to know,
That rain and sunshine make the
      flowers,
The pretty flowers to grow.
And thus like them we must expect
The shadow and the shower,
And knowing this we also know
There'll be a brighter hour.
 
Then smile though briers grow apace
In fields where grain was sown,
For through His love and boundless
      grace
He knows and guards His own.
And as the opening of the rose
Reveals its beauty so,
The opening gates of paradise
Some day will let us know.

__Nettie Squire Sutton.

A Book of Poems
Nettie Squire Sutton
(Minneapolis, KS: Messenger Press. n.d.)
Pages 6-7
 

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