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One night I had a dream…
I dreamt I was walking along a beach with God
and across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
one belonged to me and the other to God.
When the last scene of my life flashed before us I looked back
at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at times
along the path of life there was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times
of my life. This really bothered me and I questionned God about it.

“God, You said that once I decided to follow You,
You would walk with me all the way
but now I noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why in times when I needed You most, You would leave me.”

God replies, “My precious, precious child.
I love you and I would never, never leave you during your times of trials and suffering.
When you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Geschreven in 1936 door Mary Stevenson (1922-1966)