Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002
Subject: Footprints in the Sand
Dear Ethan & Emily:
I am not really “into” poetry and prosaic pieces of literature, but there is one short piece that is popular in Christian literature that has stayed with me over the years since I first heard it, and I would like to load it into your memory banks for future reference and application:
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 scent 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 period 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 noticed that during the most trying periods
Of my life there have only been
One set of prints in the sand.
Why, When I have 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.”
By Mary Stevenson
(Born 11/8/22 died 1/6/99)
So very, very true….
With all my love,