From the page: "âoeAfter All We Can Doâ
I had been in that hole for a very long timeâ"
In the dark and the damp, in the cold and the slime.
The shaft was above me; I saw it quite clear,
But thereâs no way I ever could reach it from here.
I could not remember the world way up there,
So I lost every hope and gave in to despair.
I knew nothing but darkness, the floor, and the wall.
Then from off in the distance I heard someone call:
âoeGet up! Get ready! Thereâs nothing the matter!
Take rocks and take sticks and build up a fine ladder!â
This was a thought that had not crossed my mind,
But I started to stack all the stones I could find.
When I ran out of stones, then old sticks were my goal,
For some way or another Iâd climb from that hole.
I soon had a ladder that stood very tall,
And I thought, âoeIâll soon leave this place once and for all!â
I climbed up my ladder, a difficult chore,
For from lifting those boulders, my shoulders were sore.
I climbed up the ladder, but soon had to stop,
For my ladder stopped short, some ten feet from the top.
I went back down my ladder and felt all around,
But there were no more boulders nor sticks to be found.
I sat down in the darkness and started to cry.
Iâd done all I could do and I gave my best try.
But in spite of my work, in this hole I must die.
And all I could do was to sit and think, âoeWhy?â
Was my ladder to short? Was my hole much too deep?
Then from way up on high came a voice: âoeDo not weep.â
And then faith, hope, and love entered into my chest
As the voice calmly told me that Iâd done my best.
He said, âoeYou have worked hard, and your laborâs been rough,
But the ladder youâve built is at last tall enough.
So do not despair; there is reason to hope,
Just climb up your ladder; Iâll throw down my rope.â
I climbed up my ladder, then climbed up the cord.
When I got to the top of it, there stood the Lord.
Iâve never been happier; my struggle was done.
I blinked in the brightness that came from the Son.
I fell to the ground as His feet I did kiss.
I cried, âoeLord, can I ever repay Thee for this?â
He looked all about. There were holes in the ground.
They had people inside, and were seen all around.
There were thousands of holes that were damp, dark and deep.
Then the Lord looked at me, and He said, âoefeed my sheep,â
And he went on his way to save other lost souls,
So I got right to work, calling down to the holes,
âoeGet up! Get ready! There is nothing the matter!
Take rocks, and take sticks, and build up a fine ladder!â
It now was my calling to spread the good word,
The most glorious message that man ever heard:
That thereâs one who is coming to save one and all,
And we need to be ready when he gives the call.
Heâll pull us all out of the holes that weâre in
And save all our souls from cold death and from sin.
So do not lose faith; there is reason to hope:
Just climb up your ladder; heâll throw down his rope."