Posted by: 2in10 | 07/03/2010


When I was having chemotherapy 16 years ago, a friend sent me a card with a scene of footprints in the sand partially washed away by incoming waves. I recalled the card at Coast Guard Beach this week where I went to watch the sun rise just after 5 AM.

The text was from the poem “Footprints” or “Footprints in the Sand,” found in versions credited to Mary Stevenson (1936), Margaret Fishback Powers (1964) and Carolyn Carty (1963).

In each, the narrator recalls seeing scenes from his/her life played out in the sky or in a dream as he can see the shoreline where one or two sets of footprints are etched in the sand. The narrator asks God why during times of trouble, was there only one set of footprints — had he been abandoned? Here I quote the Carty version:

The LORD replied, my precious, 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.

I loved this concept, new to me with the arrival of the card, and I kept it close to my heart for support. Years later I thanked my friend again for the meaningful and remembered message and she could not recall having sent it to me.

We can be channels for messages people need to hear. And we don’t always know what impact our presence or words will have.

Thanks again, Kathy.



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