Day: 01/04/2014

Helen Steiner Rice

‘When you are in troubled and worried and sick at heart
And your plans are upset and your world falls apart,
Remember God’s ready and waiting to share
The burden you find much to heavy to bear –
So with faith, “Let Go and Let GOD” lead your way
Into a brighter and less troubled day’

Helen Steiner Rice (May 19, 1900 – April 23, 1981)

An American writer of religious and inspirational poetry, Helen Steiner was born in Lorain, Ohio on May 19, 1900. Her father, a railroad worker, died in the influenza epidemic of 1918. She began work for a public utility and progressed to the position of advertising manager, which was rare for a woman at that time. She also became the Ohio State Chairman of the Women’s Public Information Committee of the Electric Light Association, and campaigned for women’s rights and improved working conditions.

In 1929 she married Franklin Dryden Rice, a bank vice-president in Dayton, Ohio. After the stock market crash in October that year, Franklin lost his job and his investments. He fell into a depression from which he never recovered, and committed suicide in 1932.

Rice became a successful businesswoman and lecturer, but found her most satisfying outlet in writing verse for the prominent greeting card company American Greetings. Her poems received wide exposure in the 1960s when several were read by Aladdin on the poetry segment of the Lawrence Welk television show.

The demand for her poems became so great that her books are still selling steadily after many printings, and she has been acclaimed as “America’s beloved inspirational poet laureate”. Helen Steiner Rice’s books of inspirational poetry have now sold nearly seven million copies. Her strong religious faith and the ability she had to express deep emotion gave her poems timeless appeal.

She died on the evening of April 23, 1981, a month before her 81st birthday, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio.

This, and other Inspiring Poets

Hold on my Friend

For my friend

Hold on my friend, hold on,
To hope and mercy and faith,
To unfailing love and grace;
At your lowest, at life’s darkest,
Our Lord’s hand is upon you
And so shall it be always.

With blood on our hands
And sin in our hearts,
Yet our Saviour washes us clean;
The sacrifice made,
The victory won,
For all of eternity.

My prayers speak of you
But it’s Jesus who loves you,
Jesus who will wipe away tears,
Will heal your pain,
Will ease suffering,
Renew hope and banish all fears.

You are never alone,
No matter what the world does,
You are upheld in good friends’ prayers;
You are loved by our God,
You are a brother in Christ,
And our God will find you your way.