The Only Way

Oh, the roads men make and the ways they take
To lead them up to heaven,
Since the first made man, with his easy plan,
From Eden’s gate was driven!

Some turn and twist through the fog and mist
With a plea of the Father’s kindness;
Some only lead to a newer creed
For the cure of mortal blindness.

Some waver out in the sands of doubt
Where the trail is lost forever;
And some sink in to the swamps of sin
And cease their high endeavor.

Some stop before the open door
Of the Higher Critics’ college;
And some stretch on in the twilight wan
Of Scientific Knowledge.

Some love the way in the miry clay
Of the devil’s specious treason;
Some wander lone in the vast unknown
Of philosophic reason.

But never a way will reach the goal,
Save the Way that God has given,
For “the blood-red road of the cross of Christ”
Is the only way to heaven.

- Annie Johnson Flint -

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

photos and graphics by Mary Stephens
vintage graphic: source unknown
Posted March 2021; CA