Bonus Daily Poem – Footprints in the Sand

August 3, 2006

Footprints in the Sand

Margaret Fishback Powers, 1964

One night I dreamed a dream.
I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord.

When the last scene of my life shot before me I looked back at the footprints in the sand. There was only one set of footprints. I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life. This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma.

“Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way. But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don’t understand why, when I need You most, You leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you, never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.”

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Here’s an idea for children: Have them make a stamp of their footprint using a black stamp pad, the side of their fist for the bottom of the foot and then their fingertips for the toes, so it looks like a baby’s footprints. Make several footprints on the poem. Now you have a beautiful poem and artwork to go up on a bulletin board!


One Response to “Bonus Daily Poem – Footprints in the Sand”

  1. Churn Says:

    Little Bit of Encouragement: If you ever feel overwhelmed by life’s trials and testings you might find some consolation in the poem “Footprints in the Sand“. I understand that this poem has an interesting history and it is often the target of searches. Occasionally it gets circulated in email lists. I like these brief, daily postings to keybored.

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