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Becoming a CatholicReflectionsFootprints in the Sand    March 22, 2017

 

Footprints in the Sand
Over all my burdens, and through all my fears… Jesus carries me.
Through all my trials, and through all my tears… Jesus carries me.
One night a man had a dream.
He dreamt 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:
"Oh 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, I didn’t leave you, it was then that I carried you."
Over all my burdens, and through all my fears… Jesus carries me.
Through all my triumphs, and through all my tears… Jesus carries me.
 
Oh he carries me across the burning sand, over water deep and wide he gently takes me by the hand and carries me to the other side.
Oh my Jesus carries me.

 

 
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