Beautiful Poem by Unknown Author? “Footprints in the Sand”

Whenever I feel that my cross is feeling very heavy, whenever I’m going through very hard times, whenever I feel that God is not hearing me and I feel so lost I like to read and reflect on the following Poem: “Footprints in the Sand”
“One night I dreamed a dream.
As 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.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would 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.”

This morning I was inspire to post “Footprints in the Sand” after reading another Journal Post about someone who lost their baby. As I was getting ready to post this poem, I decided to do a little research to find out who actually wrote “Footprints in the Sand.”  I came across this website:

The following informative statements/research data posted on November 11, 2012 by an author identify as Audrey on this site caught my attention:

“It appears that Mary Stevenson wrote the earliest version of this poem back in 1939 when she was just a teenager”. . .

“Next on the scene to claim ownership was Margaret Fishback Powers who wrote the poem during a Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in 1964.  The poem was actually called “I Had a Dream,” but is now so widely known as “Footprints in the Sand” . . .

“The different versions of the poem “Footprints in the Sand” are very similar and have touched the hearts of millions of people world-wide”. . .

“I wonder if God actually spoke to both of these women and gave them something so special in a season of their lives when they most needed it, then allowed them to share it with us all?”. . .

“I know that millions of dollars have been earned on this poem and it’s only right that the author should receive not only recognition but also compensation, but what if God in all his infinite wisdom and sense of humor actually spoke to the hearts of those that write poems so that it would be read by so many and minister to all of us?”

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“An artistic rendering of the scene the poetry inspires.”



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