Sunday, April 16, 2006

Whatever Is - Is Best

This is a poem that I memorized a few months ago -
It's come to mind so many times over the past few months
as we've watched the Embrees deal with the loss of their son
and brother, Ethan.
We know as we grow older
And our eyes have clearer sight
That under each sad wrong somewhere
There lies the root of right!

We that the soul unaided
Sometimes by the heart’s unrest
And to grow, mean often to suffer
That whatever is – is best.

We know there are no errors
In the great eternal plan,
And that all things work together
For the final good of man

That each sorrow has its purpose
By the sorrowing, oft unguessed:
That as sure as sun brings morning,
Whatever is – is best.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

4 comments:

Jackie said...

AWESOME poem! its so sad about Ethan's family. We'll pray for them!

Anonymous said...

i heard about that fam. thanks for the poem.

Anonymous said...

i read it, thinking you wrote it, but i see not. did wheelcox write any others?

Jenn Joshua said...

Quite a few others, actually. She's one of my favorite poets! Thanks for posting.