Thursday, June 05, 2008


This poem was in the Baptist Voice, a newspaper put out by WCBC. I cut it out and put it next to my desk.

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In golden youth when seems the earth
a summer-land of singing mirth,
When souls are glad and hearts are light,
And not a shadow lurks in sight,
We do not know it, but there lies
Somewhere veiled under evening skies
A garden which we all must see--
The garden of Gethsemane.

With joyous steps we go our ways.
Love lends a halo to our days;
Light sorrows sail like clouds afar.
We laugh, and say how strong we are.
We hurry on; and hurrying, go
Close to the border-land of woe,
That waits for you, and waits for me--
Forever waits Gethsemane.

Down shadowy lanes, across strange streams
Bridged over by our broken dreams;
Beyond the misty caps of years,
Beyond the great salt fount of tears,
The garden lies. Strive as you may,
You cannot miss it in your way.
All paths that have been, or shall be,
Pass somewhere through Gethsemane.

All those who journey, soon or late,
Must pass within the garden's gate;
Must kneel alone in darkness there,
And battle with some fierce despair.
God pity those who cannot say,
"Not mine but Thine," who only pray,
"Let this cup pass," and cannot see
The purpose of Gethsemane.


Cassie Fox said...

What a Wonderful, Beautiful Poem! God is so Awesome! Thanks for sharing that it really touched my Heart! Love, Cassie

tiffanystreasures said...

hey sarah,
where is this picture taken? lol tiff

Sarah Joy said...

Oh, that's my back yard...

Just kidding! We took this picture in Mexico City, it's part of the gardens at the basilica there.