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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."

Author: Mary Stevenson Zangare

And one more to grow on <G>

FOOTPRINTS...A New Version

Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. 

But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns. For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord's, soon paralleling, His consistently. 

You and Jesus are walking as true friends! 

This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus' are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one. 

This goes on for many miles, but gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the large footprints seem to grow larger. Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one. 

This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable mess of prints. 

You are amazed and shocked. Your dream ends. Now you pray: "Lord, I understand the first scene, with zigzags and fits.  I was a new Christian; I was just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You." 

"That is correct.

"And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very closely." 

"Very good. You have understood everything so far."

"When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way." 

"Precisely." 

"So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than at first." 

There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice. "You didn't know?  It was then that we danced!" 

During a week when I was going through what seemed to be one bad thing after another, I received a beautiful little candle from a friend. On the back of the candle was the "Footprints" which is printed above. She had no idea what had been going on. That very same week another friend sent me "Footprints" in an e-mail. Both of these friends are very dear to me and I thank them both for their friendship and the "Footprints" they brought into my life that week!

(((((LAURA & LINDA)))))



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Mark 10:13
The Lords Promise
(a poem)
Paid In Full
Treasure
(a song)
From A Distance
(a song)
 Go Rest High On That Mountain
(a song)
Rise Again 
(a song)
The Look Upon My
Saviors Face
(a poem)
The Little Girl
(a song)
What Do I Believe
My Forever Friend
(a poem)
The Day He Wore My Crown
(a song)
All I Ever Have To Be
(a song)
Talking With Jesus
(a poem)
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Morrison
Poetry By Linda B.
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A Friend
Footprints
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