Footprints in the Sand



        One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.

             Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

                  In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.

                       Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,

                           other times there were one set of footprints.

                                  This bothered me because I noticed

                                that during the low periods of my life,

                             when I was suffering from

                         anguish, sorrow or defeat,

                     I could see only one set of footprints.

          So I said to the Lord,

      "You promised me Lord,

         that if I followed you,

             you would walk with me always.

                   But I have noticed that during

                          the most trying periods of my life

                                 there have only been one

                                       set of footprints in the sand.

                                           Why, when I needed you most,

                                          you have not been there for me?"

                                 The Lord replied,

                          "The times when you have

                  seen only one set of footprints,

          is when I carried you."


                                                   Mary Stevenson


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"The Road Not Taken", by Robert Frost


Cherokee Wisdom


Footprints in the Sand


"Anyway", as re-written by Mother Teresa


"If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking", by Emily Dickinson


"If", by Rudyard Kipling


Star of the Heart


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