Pause for Poetry — Why, Lord?

Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.

Why, Lord?

by Frances Gregory Pasch

Why do we only call You

When in trouble or in pain?

When things are going our way

There’s no reason to complain.

But as soon as there is conflict,

And we don’t know what to do,

We lift our eyes and raise our voice

And plead our case with You.

Why is it that we keep in touch

Just when we need Your help?

Why do we try continuously

To do things by ourselves?

Why don’t we come to recognize

That Your way is the best;

That if we learn to lean on You,

Our lives will be at rest.

© Frances Gregory Pasch

Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Her book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry is available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at

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