Footprints in the Sand

Posted by: Aamir

Sep 8th, 2006 • Category: Eye CandyTags: , ,

One night I had a dream-
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with God.
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 was only one.

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 God,

“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most difficult times of my life,
there has only been one set of footprints in the sand.

when I needed you most,
you were not there for me?”

God replied,
“My precious child,
I love you,
and would never leave you.
The times when you saw only one set of footprints,
was when I was carrying you.”

Mary Stevenson, 1936


Posted by: Aamir

Sep 8th, 2006 • Category: Eye CandyTags: , ,
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  1. samuru999
    September 9th, 2006 at 12:52:


    Welcome back Ari!
    You were missed!
    Hope you had the most fabulous time!

    Footprints In The Sand…. are those your footprints Ari?
    Very touching poem… one of my favorites!

    And, I love that beautiful picture of the water, rocks and sand!
    The blue-green color of the water
    is amazing!

    Thanks for starting my day off with this beauty Ari!
    You add joy to all who come here…
    and especially me!
    Take care!

  2. kathy
    September 9th, 2006 at 17:12:


    beautiful ocean photos. I always liked this poem too.

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  3. Chad Oneil
    September 9th, 2006 at 18:03:


    Nice illustrations for this poem.

  4. danne
    September 9th, 2006 at 23:06:


    ari: nice blog. Your pictures blew me away.

  5. Keshi
    September 9th, 2006 at 23:25:


    Webby Ari! Missed ya tons!

    Yes I have seen this one before…I really loved the way it says that He was carrying us. Altho I dun always feel that way anymore. Pardon my negativity since last week…cos of Steve’s death. Im still in shock and willbe for a very a long time.

    Anyways Im glad to see u home…right here…HUGGGGGGZ!


  6. samuru999
    September 10th, 2006 at 00:26:


    Hey Ari!
    So glad you had such a wonderful time!
    And I love those Beautiful Footprints of yours!
    Can I call you Sasquatch?
    And thank you for your nice words!
    You make my day too when I come here to see your beautiful pics.
    And, I love having you come to my blog to read my poems!
    Thanks Ari!
    Take care!
    Here is a welcome home Hug!


  7. Jon Cox
    September 10th, 2006 at 05:57:


    OMG, absolutely beautiful poem & extremely beautiful photos as well! :o)

  8. Gangadhar
    September 10th, 2006 at 08:51:


    welcome back,Ari..missed you verymuch..
    And those ‘re lovely pics with beautiful pics!!

  9. ellesappelle
    September 11th, 2006 at 03:39:


    Those are great pictures to go with that poem. Very nice! That poem never seems to get old, doesn’t it?

    It was interesting to see who it was written by, too. I’d always thought it was entirely anonymous.

  10. Priyankari
    September 11th, 2006 at 05:30:


    hey, lovely post. nice thoughts and really well expressed. the pics are wonderful too. keep going!

  11. Ash
    September 11th, 2006 at 06:41:


    Good to see you back!

    Thats one of my all time fave poems…

  12. Suji
    September 11th, 2006 at 12:27:


    Great pics to go with a great poem. Currently, just hoping that what it says in the poem is true.

    Hope you had a gr8 holiday.

  13. priya
    September 11th, 2006 at 14:35:


    Ari: WB!!!! Hope you had a nice long weekend relaxing awayf rom your job.

    A nice poem with a good picture. Good work buddy!!!

  14. dumbdodi
    September 11th, 2006 at 15:12:


    Hi Ari…welcome back…great story…very touching indeed..Thanks Ari

  15. Robyn
    September 11th, 2006 at 20:54:


    Welcome back Ari! I hope you had a lovely and relaxing vacation.
    This is one of my favorite poems and your photos inspire me to visit a warm place.

    Look forward to seeing more photos from Hawaii.

    Take care,

  16. Aamir
    September 12th, 2006 at 07:20:



    Three poets have claimed this poem to be their own creation.

    Mary Stevenson, 1936
    Carolyn Carty, 1963
    Margaret Fishback Powers, 1964

    The three versions varied slightly but conveyed the same meaning. It was confusing to point this to a particular poet, and hence it began circulating as anonymous.

  17. priya
    September 13th, 2006 at 01:43:


    Ari: If that bothers you, I will remove it. Just playing around buddy. Nothing serious ok.

  18. starry nights
    September 13th, 2006 at 15:09:


    This is one of my favorite poems also.thanks for sharing .

  19. Corinne
    September 14th, 2006 at 22:21:


    The footsteps photo has brought back sweet memories of Maui where I took a similar shot :).

  20. Aamir
    September 18th, 2006 at 17:40:


    Corinne, The first picture was in Maui, at the Ka’anapali Beach and the second picture was from Hanauma bay. This poem is the first thing that came into my mind when i saw foorprints in the sand.

  21. Patty
    October 8th, 2006 at 19:58:


    Hey there, Ari! So sorry for the very late reply! If it weren’t for school, I’d have commented long ago!

    I read this when you first posted it and it was very uplifting! I’m so glad you made that connection between your photos and the poem-which I’ve heard once or twice before. Lovely!

  22. Alex
    April 16th, 2007 at 01:36:




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