God has not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God has not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God has promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
I found this poem before Twitter existed. A copy of it hung in my guest bathroom when I got my first house. I keep seeing it paraphrased then tweeted, or put into a meme on Facebook, without anyone citing where they are getting the idea from. I do not know what the title to this piece is, nor who Kristone was; but I know this is the poem that everyone likes to paraphrase into the line “God didn’t promise things would be easy, but He did promise to give you strength!” The next time you see something like that, know that it came from this.
This is actually an old hymn. To see the full lyrics and hear the music go here http://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/nt/720
To read about the author, William M. Runyan go here http://www.hymnary.org/tune/god_hath_not_promised_skies_always_blue