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Footprints in the Sand

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One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: One belonged to him, the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of foot prints. He also noticed that it happened at the lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it. “LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you you would walk with me all of the way But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed you the most, you would leave me.”

The LORD replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering  when  you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.

By Carolyn Joyce Carty ©


Music: ‘Dreams’ © Margi Harrell



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25 comments for “Footprints in the Sand”

  1. I feel that those footprints were me also walking alone..and to know and feel the Lord had carried me..makes it more comforting..

    thank you Lord

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    Posted by Joe | April 3, 2009, 3:49 pm
  2. I LOVE IT!

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    Posted by Jen | April 3, 2009, 7:04 pm
  3. Iappreciate seeing this. I have heard and read it many times. It always reminds me that someone who loves us all bears all our burdens.

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    Posted by Otis Harden | April 3, 2009, 9:36 pm
  4. This is one of my favorites .

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    Posted by valjean392000 | April 4, 2009, 8:53 am
  5. i’ve lost a lot of times.. i go the way i know i should never go through.. am looking for my soul.. God please guide me.. i know you carry me to your back.. teach me how to walk again with you..

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    Posted by matetgarcia | April 4, 2009, 9:55 am
  6. wow!!how amazing that the lord is always with us though we cant see Him.HE IS all-knowing Almighty..Amen

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    Posted by kiprono | April 4, 2009, 9:56 am
  7. my grandmother mary loved this poem and when she passed a copy of this poem was placed in her casket. along with a wooden cross. so greifed i was i did not read it in front of anyone, but that did not matter it was with her, and thats all that mattered.

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    Posted by catherine | April 4, 2009, 1:10 pm
  8. this is very inspiring, to know that his strength is made perfect in my weakness

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    Posted by Okechukwu | April 6, 2009, 4:52 am
  9. This is one prayer that I have directed all my beloveds to note and remember. For I know that as long as I am here, He is always near, watching, waiting for me to invite Him to share my life, talk with Him and consult Him. When I share all my thoughts, words and deeds, He has never ever let me down for He is my Infinite One & Only Love, Most Trustworthy Best FRIEND & ALMIGHTY BEING worth living for. Thank For BeingThere For Me Always. I Love You Too.

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    Posted by Caroline Alphonso Lourdes | April 6, 2009, 8:06 pm
  10. it is very inspiring, i have realized how much HE loves me.
    HE said HE will never leave or forsake me.
    THANK YOU LORD.

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    Posted by wunmi | April 7, 2009, 3:50 am
  11. I LOVE THIS AND I NEED MORE OF THIS INSPIRATIONAL WORDS.

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    Posted by Emmanuel A. Jatto | April 7, 2009, 4:57 am
  12. Thank you my Lord & my All, because I Trust in You Lord,I rest assured that you will also be taking care of All my beloved ones.
    Love,Praise,Honour,Thanksgiving, Glory Be & Into Thy Hands I commit my All. AMEN

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    Posted by Carol | April 8, 2009, 6:49 am
  13. It is amazing to always know the Lord bears us under His wings. Glory to His Name

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    Posted by Agbo-iyi Joshua | April 9, 2009, 9:41 am
  14. I’m going through a phase that i can’t understand, but after reading this poem, i felt the Lord lift my burdens right out of my heart. Praise be to God, thank you Lord for lifting me up.

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    Posted by Leon | April 16, 2009, 9:58 pm
  15. This just fills my heart with Happiness, Faith and Love! Truly AMAZING!

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    Posted by rosie | April 19, 2009, 6:23 am
  16. I just feel lyk crying. There is indeed no greater love. Thank you Lord 4 ur love. I love U more than life itself. Thank You.

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    Posted by Ginger | April 23, 2009, 4:12 am
  17. it is wonderful for me at this time when i feel everything is againgt me, Lord i thank you for your unconditional love.I love you Lord.

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    Posted by Kabari | April 23, 2009, 7:05 am
  18. Love. This. Story. AMEN!

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    Posted by Rebecca | May 17, 2009, 10:31 am
  19. the music is touching, i started to cry ..god please lead me in the right path … i love you with all my heart

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    Posted by monmarforever | July 5, 2009, 7:15 pm
  20. I’m happy this has touched so many people in just a matter of minutes. Never loose Faith & never stop praying.

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    Posted by Skip | August 11, 2009, 10:27 pm
  21. April 3rd,2009 I lost my brother, He would have been 56 this August. Every time I read this, I cry even more.

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    Posted by Eugenia | August 13, 2009, 11:06 pm
  22. This is the last day of this year! It has been a very difficult time – so much grief and sadness – sometimes, unbearable. This poem, like so many other inspirational messages takes me to a place filled with so much love and forgiveness – I have no room for negativity in my heart – Our Lord and Savior is there for all of us – all we need to do is ASK and it will be given.

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    Posted by Donna | December 31, 2010, 7:41 am
  23. I have found myself in hard, conflicting places lately. Along the past year I have really lost my passion for God and the knowledge of His love and power. Thank you for reminding me. I am done with the feelings that have been bottled up inside for so long. I am not content with my faith any more, and it’s been hard to realize that the reason for all my heartache is because my faith in God has been so lost. Still, the Lord carries me. I am so undeserving, yet so loved. Thank you.

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    Posted by Shelby | January 3, 2011, 10:10 am
  24. it has made me understand how caring our Lord in heaven. Lord i promise never to get angry with you again. i am sorry i did not realise how much you love, protect and care for me. i just can not thank you enough.

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    Posted by Albertina | January 10, 2011, 4:25 am
  25. I love it.Thank you lord for all the blessings.

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    Posted by Cora | January 14, 2011, 1:33 pm

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