Margaret Fishback Powers, 1964  

One night I had a dream.

I was walking along the beach with the Lord,

And across the sky flashed scenes from my life.

In each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand and, to my surprise,

I noticed that many times along the path of life

there was only one set of footprints.

And I noticed that it was the lowest and saddest times in my life.

I asked the Lord about it:

“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,

you would walk with me all the way.

But I noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life

there is only one set of footprints,

I don’t understand why you left my side

when I needed you most.”

The Lord said:

“My precious child, I never left you during your time of trial.

Where you see only one set of footprints,

I was carrying you.”