Uninstructed poem

“I am going to send you down to earth,”
Said God to me one day,
“I’m giving you what men call ‘birth’–
Tonight you’ll start away;
I want you there to live with men;
Until I call you back again.”

I trembled as I heard him speak,
Yet I know that I must go;
I felt His hand upon my cheek,
And wished that I might know —
Just what on earth would be my task,
And timidly I dared to ask.

“Tell me before I start away,
What thou would have me do;
What message would you have me say?
When shall my work be through?
That I may serve on earth,
Tell me the purpose of my birth.”

God smiled at me and softly said:
“Oh,  you shall find your task.
I want you on life’s path to tread,
So do not stay to ask.
Remember,  if your best you do,
That I shall ask no more of you.”

How often, as my work I do,
So commonplace and grim,
I sit and sigh and wish I knew
If I am pleasing Him.
I wonder if, with every test,
I’ve truly tried to do my best.

-Edgar A. Guest

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    • Justina Rodriguez
    • June 21, 2011


    • Lee
    • June 22, 2011

    Hello Shawn,

    How beautifully it is explained as to why we are here on earth in this amazing poem. I do believe it is to do our best and that may not always be we know but try is all that is expected of us and whatever we do in this life if it is done with love in our hearts and good will to all, I am sure we will fulfill what was indeed expected. Life is all about learning lessons and we do sometimes stumble and fall by the choices we make but thank God He also gave us family and friends and His love to help us along the way. No one can love us more!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

    • Rahul
    • June 27, 2011

    Beautifully Written Shawn.., Thanks for sharing.

    • Nester
    • July 28, 2011

    Beautiful, It blew me away. Something to think about twice daily, at dawn and at dusk.

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