By Michael W. Raley
If not for the darkness of the night,
We could not appreciate the beauty of the morning light.
Without understanding the depths of depravity and sin,
We could not comprehend the hope and promise of redemption.
If we set our hearts to love and the joys which follow,
We will experience the pains of heartbreak and sorrow.
For most of us to be thankful for the blessings of prosperity,
We first live through soul crushing lack and poverty.
As we begin to accumulate the wisdom of a sage,
We lose the vigor and vitality of our youthful age.
Thus, life is learning to balance the pleasure and pain,
Realizing at times we must let go if we seek to gain.