Footprints on the sand

One night a man had a dream
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord
Across the sky flashed the scenes from his life
For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand
One belonged to him and the other one 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 the saddest time in his life
This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it
Lord you said that once I desided to follow you
You walk with me all the way
But I have noticed that at the worst times in my life
there is only one set of footprints
How could you leave me when I needed you the most
The Lord replied: My precious, precious child
I love you and would never leave you
During your times of suffering
And when you see only one set of footprints
It was then that I carried you

-Mary Stevenson-