Footprints

The first time I saw the poem “Footprints” was on a poster in my cousin’s room. There is wisdom and encouragement in it. I bought a bookmark years ago to always remind myself of it.

I don’t think I’v talked much at all about poetry, but I have always enjoyed it. When I was in third grade, I kept checking out a poetry anthology–how I originally learned “The Highwayman,” “Lochinvar” and  “Paul Revere’s Ride.” I’ve owned many anthologies since.

I found this version on a website called Poet Seers, which looks very cool. But there are many additional resources. The Poetry Foundation is one of the best

Footprints

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 in the sand,
is when I carried you.’

-Mary Stevenson

footprints in the sand

 

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