Footprints in the Sand


My friend and I had a lengthy discussion about serious matters this morning.  We recalled tough times and I can’t help but admire my friend for her endurance, fortitude and absolute faith in God. Before we said goodbye, I told her it’s a Good Friday’s topic and she agreed grimly. We reminded ourselves that after the agonizing Crucifixion, comes the glorious Resurrection.   

I was in high school when I first read the poem “Footprints in the Sand” and the song that became very famous in many religious retreats and recollections. We have been in the same situation as the man in the poem and all God wants from us is to believe and have faith.

One night a man had a dream.

He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.

Scenes from his life flashed across the sky
and 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 had flashed before him,
he recalled that at the lowest and saddest times of his life
there was only one set of footprints.
 Dismayed, he asked,

“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you’d walk with me all the way.
I don’t understand why, when I needed you most,
you would leave me.”

The Lord replied, “My precious child.
I love you and I would never leave you.

During your times of trial and suffering
when you saw only one set of footprints…

That was when I carried you.” 

Carolyn Joyce Carty ©

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move.

Matthew 17:20



  1. Hi Jules,

    This poem has helped me through tough times when I was studying and through out University.

    Lenten season is for reflection of things that are important to us and how it has made us who we are at the present. It also allows us to contemplate on our relationship with God and confirm our faith.

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