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Footprints Poem


footprints sand poem

I am sure most of you know about this famous and popular poem – Footprints in the Sand

It is an inspirational poem/story of of a man who has a dream that he and God are walking along the beach. When the man asks why sometimes there is one set of footprints and other times there are two, the Lord says he has been carrying him during his troublesome times.

The original authorship of the poem is disputed, with several people claiming to have written it. Footprints poem also known as Footprints in the Sand authorship is listed as an Anonymous Contribution to Society. There are three individual names appear on the copyrights of Footprints in the Sand : Authors Robert Louis Scharring-Hausen, Carolyn Joyce Carty & Ella H Scharring- Hausen.
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The following footprints sand poem version was written in 1963 by Carolyn Joyce Carty.

Footprints in the Sand

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 belonging
to him, and 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 footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very
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’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me.”
The LORD replied:
“My son, my 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.”

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