I needed the quiet, so He drew me aside
Into the shadows where we could confide
Away from the hustle where all the day long
I hurried and worried when active and strong.
I needed the quiet, though at first rebelled,
But gently, so gently my cross He upheld,
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things,
Though weakened in body, my spirit took wings
To height never dreamed of when active and gay
He loved me so gently, He drew me away.
I needed the quiet, no prison my bed
But a beautiful valley of blessing instead;
A place to grwo richer, in Jesus to hide
I needed the quiet, so He drew me aside. (Richard Cardinal Cushing)