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I know you have seen either in Church our in a Christian Bookstore the famous painting that included the poem “Footprints in the Sand.” The words of the poem are superimposed over a beautify painting of an ocean and beach with foot prints. Sometimes there are two footprints in the sand, but often there is only one set. I close with Mary Zangare Stevenson’s powerful poem this morning:

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.

Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.

Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,

other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed

that during the low periods of my life,

when I was suffering from

anguish, sorrow or defeat,

I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,

“You promised me Lord,

that if I followed you,

you would walk with me always.

But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life

there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.

Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,

“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,

is when I carried you.”

Mary Stevenson [Mary Zangare Stevenson—SOURCE: http://www.footprints-inthe-sand.com/PoemPage.htm]

Charlie, Kim, family and friends of Barb, BE NOT DISMAYED . Never loose your courage, hope, faith, or joy, for today and always “Jesus will carry you.”

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