Footprints in the Sand

Footprints in the Sand, a beautiful poem!

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

- by Margaret Fishback Powers



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jubilee

6 days ago

Hmmm so inspiring, I so love the poem it remind me that God is with me in every situation

Peter

1 week ago

Why? if the lord loves me does he make the most personal poem so hard to generisies the love I have ? sorry for the spelling. :(

lydia

2 weeks ago

wow i was so blessed aftar i read this poem it is the best we thank God for you wll done

Susan errichiello

2 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful and life affirming gifts I've ever received!

Richard

2 weeks ago

Heard it yesterday i forgot how beautiful it is

Michael

3 weeks ago

It's a beautiful poem. Can not finish reading without crying. It is not the Lord that distances himself from us. It is us that do it.

majae aguilar

3 weeks ago

This one of my most favorite poem in the bible it makes me feel so happy and contented knowing God knows who we are..for what we are..thank u God amen..

mandy

3 weeks ago

What comfort this poem brings now I know I'm never alone.

Maria wallace

3 weeks ago

At my truly lowest moments, in which there have been few, I can recall a warmth and a strength gently holding me upward…it's like nothing of this world yet never scary! 💝💝

Christopher Olusesi

4 weeks ago

This has really made me think about how God has helped me through my life.

Charolette Jackson

4 weeks ago

This poem reminds me that I am not alone in my troubles. Whenever I feel alone, it reminds me that I am not.

Alba Lucia

1 month ago

Amazing page xxx god bless xxx

Helen

1 month ago

This has been my favorite poem for many years. Yes, he has carried me on many occasions. He is always there for me. Thank you my Lord!! I will always trust in You!

carmelta matitu

1 month ago

such a consoling and enlightening poem! Ms. Powers shared inspirations through the poem. I am one who is deeply touched. I never lose communication with The Lord! in my childhood and in this life,the Lord gives me everything from simple to extra-ordinary,I hope,the Lord continue to make miracle in the life on my kind son,Gamaliel! May He always share us the daily blessings including to all my siblings to whom I implanted that God is the secret of all comfort!

Nilaja

1 month ago

A beautiful poem & a great reminder of what Jesus does for us EVERY day. Jesus loves us so much! Thank you God for sending us your son. Thank you Father God for loving us so much. There is NONE like you. I love you so much. You are so good to ALL of us & we would be so lost without you. I will praise your name until the end of time. Thank you for saving me. God you are awesome!

anonymos

1 month ago

this is my FAVORITE poem!

mpho Clifford wa Nkhumeleni

2 months ago

Woow so encouraging

FARHAD ABOLGHASEMI-MALEKABADI

2 months ago

For many years, I have lived and by this poem, and it has truly helped me in my life,,,,

Anonymous

2 months ago

a very nice thought and unexpected

janine

2 months ago

ganda . ")

Anonymous

2 months ago

What a good poem!!

Milk

2 months ago

Nice poem ever ...

Ridz

2 months ago

awesome poem !!!!!!!

Torsten

2 months ago

Simply wonderful!

Anonymous

2 months ago

Theresa; I have a copy in a gold frame and could photocopy it in colour in A 3 size - do you really want one?
Barrie Wilsn

Theresa Rugley

2 months ago

I love this poem. If I could buy this poem in a picture frame I would buy the largest size sold and place it on my wall
I LOVE IT

Nancy Thomas

3 months ago

I love my god, my journey is brighter with him in it

lovetiny7

3 months ago

I THANK GOD FOR EVERYTHING HE DO FOR ME AND MY LORD IS STILL DOING. I'M GOING THROUGH A LOT BUT I KNOW HE'S ALWAYS THERE FOR ME AND MY BABIES

LySue

3 months ago

This poem is right on the nose with me.
I have been through so much pain, horror, and depression in my life.
I am truly blessed my mom recited this to me the last time she was alive.
Then3 days later she passed away.
My mom lead me backto Christ the last time
she was alive.
Know she is in Heaven. This poem is very special to me

Gema

3 months ago

Never has there been a poem, as inspirational, as this to me, in my quest to see better days, and perfect romantic nights, during my Quiet Storms, I have discovered an array of Paradise stars, that rise up in me, knowing, the abilities the Lord has, to provide us with our Freedoms, and in doing so, giving us the ability to live, as stars, amoungst each other, with an unconditional love for a world, of possibilities for us all. Thank you to the Lord, for providing us with a world, that he believed we should all flourish in, and to God, who gave us the opportunity to believe in his Paradise, because through the both of them, our Footprints In The Sand, with the Lord, could not have been made possible!!!

Sarah

3 months ago

Thank you Lord

michelle monk

3 months ago

lord has always been there to carry me or walk beside me.even when i saw no footprints my burden at that time made him lift me and fly with me till i got my feet back on the ground my heart is his.

jeuse

4 months ago

Love this poem

Austin

4 months ago

This poem shows that no matter what God is always with us. He has promised to never leave us and He keeps His promises. When things get too tough and you get discouraged give it to God let Him carry you and He will see you through it all.

Anonymous

4 months ago

This poem has helped me through many rough times in my life

starleigh koger

4 months ago

Most times I do feel like that

Ness

4 months ago

The poem is sooo beautiful that it is always a source of strength since college until now. It made me thank God every day of my life for his presence because He made me who I am today.

Barrie

4 months ago

This is the rock on which a search out of despair can be built, albeit step by tiny step. Read in conjunction with the serenity prayer ("give me the courage to change the things I can change, accept those things I cannot change - and the wisdom to know the difference") trust in oneself, and in other, can grow.

Stephanie

4 months ago

I love this

shyamala murthy

5 months ago

i love this so much that i have displyed it on my bed side and i read it every day when i go to bed.

Carol

5 months ago

This poem blessed me in many ways. Love it.

Suzann

5 months ago

I want my friend Rhonda wray to read this because this is my favorite poem and this reminds me of her.

Anonymous

5 months ago

Have always loved this poem and the poem don't quit

Anonymous

6 months ago

I love this bible verse! And I am putting it in my report for religion class ( I am in junior high, and I go to a catholic school). :) Have a blessed day :)!

M.paul

6 months ago

God means mother,father,brother,sister,friends......n everything in dis world. God is with us Always...!

zinhle

6 months ago

it gives me these massage that whenever i am facing lifes chellenges i must not give up becouse the lord is with me even if i see one footprint.

frank

6 months ago

thank you lord for carrying me in times of my trials in life

Jean101

6 months ago

God is with us always, he already proven it to me countless times...

Jean101

6 months ago

God is with us always, he already proved to me countless times...

shakia jane fanny

6 months ago

hate this poem only because i do not believe in god

crackmanjamaica23

6 months ago

yo dis is real

Keelan

6 months ago

This was the most amazing poem that I have ever read. I felt like crying. Then I realized I was crying in my heart. Lord you are always with me.

Sonia

7 months ago

This poem is so beautiful that even when I was a little girl it made me cry, because I realize how great and unconditional God's love is, and even now as a grown up woman I could not finish reading this poem without crying. God has walked and still walking with me without leavingmy side. Thank you Jesus.

Curt

7 months ago

This is a truely touching verse and it is so true. God truely can speak through people in so many ways... and I know this poem has touched several people in my life not just me. God bless Margaret Fishback Powers for creating such a powerful and beautiful poem.

Bebe

7 months ago

Many thanks to every Christian, who has contributed their thoughts, to the website of, Footprints In The Sand! This poem has inspired me, since I were a teenager, and hopefully will continue to inspire many others, in telling their stories, about the Lord, our greatest Inspiration life has had to offer us, amidst our greatest struggles.

Holly

7 months ago

we said this at my aunties funeral it is so nice and really makes you think about life

Rabena Goriah

7 months ago

I love this verse when I read it I feel lift and I could read this all day long.

victoria

7 months ago

I love this verse.
Last year, my mums Leaukemia came back for the second time after being in remission for 12 months.

Her only hope was a bone marrow transplant from a donor.
All we know, it was young man in 20s from Germany.
We dont know who he is...but both mum and I are eternally grateful to him..
And to God as well.
I prayed to God, mums Leaukemia would never return...But in responce we got a perfect match for her in the way of a donor.

I would like to thank both God and the donor.

QQ

7 months ago

When I read this story the first time I was a teen. I was deeply moved by it. When I read it the second time I have already been though a lot in life as a grown up. When I read it the 3rd time was after i have baptized. This story had help me to understand God's love is so merciful.

Melynda Mecham

8 months ago

I was just told this is not a verse, which disappoints me ... is this true?

shaunna marie

8 months ago

I love this verse it is my favorite. Whenever I begin to doubt and question god I think about this verse. It is what pushed me forward when all hope is lost. I believe again.

Dwain D Coleman

8 months ago

Right now I am feeling pretty low, I filed for a divorce after only 16 months. Moved out of my house, my wife destroyed my car and all my military and personal files. I started asking God wjy me, this poem my mother gave me when I went off to college came to mine, and I calmed down:-)

zac

9 months ago

This poem means the world to me. On Christmas eve I ran away from home because I had a lot going on in my life and needed a way out. I stayed in an old house that no one lived in at the time. I had not eaten anything in four days and the only person that I wanted to be with was my dog. Late at night when everyone was sleeping I went back to my house to get my dog and brought him back to that old house were I was staying. The next morning the state police had found me in the old house, but I couldn't understand how they new were i was hiding. They told me that they followed my foot steps in the snow from my house all the way to the old house were I was hiding. A day goes by an I started to think. When I had left to go get my dog there was no snow on the ground and there was none on the ground when I got back. So whose footsteps were those in the snow? God works in mysterious ways and it was those footsteps that changed my life.

Nell

9 months ago

I love this poem very much. I am making a quilt for my foot doctor and found fabric with footprints in the sand to use on the back of the quilt. I will also give him the poem to read as well. I woke up this morning praying to find this fabric and I am thankful for a loving God who hears and answer prayers. May God bless you with a peaceful day.

Tyna

9 months ago

This is great. God is awesome
.

Erika Klawitter

9 months ago

i love this poem to death. thank you

Emma

9 months ago

Is this poem based off of any Bible verses?

kemeisha

9 months ago

this poem make me cry I love it dearly

Beverly Yarbroughrowe

9 months ago

The words to this poem is true, I am the living witness.

Lola

9 months ago

It is just perfect and brillant

john22

9 months ago

It is the best one I read

**********************

9 months ago

what chapter and verse please? I already read psalm 77.

sala

10 months ago

Inspiring-trust in our God forever

Katie

10 months ago

This poem is seriously beautiful.

Chris

10 months ago

During my rehab and recovery this poem has inspired me to not only become stronger physically and mentally, but spiritually as well. God bless

jay

10 months ago

favourite of mine since forever

crizelle

11 months ago

when i read this poem it inspire me to much.

jireh serato

11 months ago

i like it so nice talaga

Carol Allen

11 months ago

Just beautiful!

lorraine kelly

11 months ago

The lord is like a free phone number to me..I RING HIM EVERYDAY.

marianne

11 months ago

i like the gems because it is wonderful to my eyes

Paula Joy Ong

12 months ago

So Nice :')

steven

12 months ago

god needs to listen am so tired of him not listing.

Anonymous

12 months ago

Alas, whilst I am not truly Christian (or really religious on that notion) It is a beautiful poem that speak to the heart. There's always someone to lean on in times of need, whether it be God or a friend, there's someone there. It puts my heart at ease knowing that.

stewart michael

12 months ago

this is so inspiring and having read Marys book and alado meeting her husband in sleaford uk at the full gospel businessmen's fellowship it brings to us just how much GOD loves us .

all

1 year ago

I guess thats what god wanted us to do read this and get inspired.

trishita

1 year ago

This poem inspires me at hard times

Kaelen

1 year ago

We are blessed

Anonymous

1 year ago

am ok just worried about my sons treatment there pray he gets on the right medication. pray for me and my wife to make it work out. pray i get a job that is regular not temp

jord

1 year ago

Mandisa - I understand how you feel, truly I do. I had a terrible upbringing and at 16yrs old I was honestly ready to end it all as I was certain no-one would care. I'm still looking for that friend but find only those who are greedy and horrid. I am from the south east of England. I hope life improves for you soon.

steven b

1 year ago

I wrote 2 months ago asking god to look over son since than god lisen my disabled son is geting better. See god really does lift us up. To all if you think this inspires you than read mathews 18/18 that will let u know the wonders of god

steven b

1 year ago

Lifes short lived. This gives hope to all ages. I can't believe i touched people with this poem its word so will. I like to give create for who ever wrote this wonderful writing. And for jordon 11 who ever you are keep it real. Keep it real and he will always lead you to sucess there

Jordan

1 year ago

hi my name is jordan and I am 11 I do believe that there is somebody out there but its very hard to believe fully as of all of the illness , disguises , tsunamis , deaths and much much more but at the same time there is birth , joy , happiness and much more of that too so at the moment i am really struggling as i have prayed and prayed to god and i do believe in him as this poem is really meaningful and i have an audition for tracey and amber in hairspray tomorrow so i hope that he helps me get the part as i am dying to try it out thanks for posting this poem as now i believe that there is a purpose for all the good and bad things thanks again xxxxx :) :D

alfredo alfaro

1 year ago

This has been my favorite for as long as I can remember

Anonymous

1 year ago

Amen! I only praise you God. You are true and my new number 1 in life. I am your servant and my job here is to spread the Word and praise you!

BERI ESTHER

1 year ago

IF ONLY YOU HAVE PASSED THROUHG DIFFICUTS MOMENTS IN LIVE YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THIS MEANINGFULL POEM

mandisa

1 year ago

everything is going down south in my life right now. no door is opening....i needed to hear this but why do bad people prosper in life? what did i ido to God? why does he hate my so much?
im norn out of wed lock, both parents married to different people and happy with their lives but no-one is there for me, i figured if i did well in school i would get a job and take care of myself. but no. i have my university degree but two years now still no job.
yesterday i got mugged and they took all i had. money, phone....im at an all time low

Masharia Sam

1 year ago

In the hardest tym of my serfdom,
tying everything to the peak of my ability but nothing positive forthcoming.i was at the zennith of giving up,but thanx to this Gem,It have acted a glucose to keep me going,knowing verily that Ngai still Reighneth,He has not forgotten me Yet,,its my BIG DREAM that need A DEEPER FOUNDATION.

Caroline Manuel

1 year ago

I love this poem so much, thank you for sharing this, I know I am not alone....God bless

Brian bigelow

1 year ago

Im at a low. Needed some spirituality, thanks

emma groves

1 year ago

Whenever I go through a difficult time in my life, I read this verse. It rejuvenates me. Reminds me the lord is with me always. Renews my faith, and keeps me walking along the sand.

Linda Turia Swalili

1 year ago

i am really blessed by this gem. thanks to my sister and friend, Kamea Ralai, for reminding me that He is always with me, and even better when he carries me during my hardest times.

Steven

1 year ago

Hard times with son but i know by reading this it lets me know god is watching over disabled son treatment. He more powerful then any thing if u have a pea size amount of Faith

Anonymous

1 year ago

Beautiful and totally Awe Inspiring

Rob atkins

1 year ago

Please feel free to post the "upon the shore i walked with him at even" poem anywhere you like.

justyn

1 year ago

amazing poem

Marilyn Redding

1 year ago

Beautiful words have been written to this poem and they touch my heart and soul!xx
Footprints in the Sand

Bing Bridges

1 year ago

Tonight at dinner I noticed my friend's medallion illustrating this poem. I will use the poem in my Bible Study tomorrow to illustrate how Job could not see the hand of God, nor understand his suffering, but he trusted implicitly in His love, mercy, and justice. In the end God blessed him immensely. As the Apostle Paul put it, "We walk by faith and not by sight.

Jord

1 year ago

I so want to believe in God yet as I look at all the suffering and illness, together with evil that restrains us from making our lives what they should be, and the pain my sister is going through, I find it impossible to do so.
Though when I read Footprints, something stirs my emotions and urges me to look inside at "something" that seems to be with me.

loren jane sollano

1 year ago

i love it soo much , its inspire me that god really loves me ..

Anna

1 year ago

I am 9 years old and read this for the first time and it is amazing. To think.... God has taken care of you all your life, he has never given up on you. I am proud to be Cathlic. :)

Rob

1 year ago

1. Upon the shore, I walked with Him at even
And I looked back upon the path we'd trod
And in the sand I traced our way at even
And I was glad I'd walked through life with God:
For side by side we'd journeyed through together
All through the world's wide wilderness of care
And side by side we'd journeyed through to even:
Safe at his side the Lord my God had brought me here.

2. But in my joy I caught a strain of sadness
To give me pause when thinking of my way
For on the shore I saw he'd left me lonely
When I had most the need of him to stay:
When I was tried he'd left me worn and wandering,
He'd left me lone when I was fighting fears,
He'd let me tread the steepest slopes in solitude
Before he came back to my side to dry my tears.

3. But then the Lord drew near to me in comfort
And in his tenderness he made it plain
That in the times when dread and darkness threatened
He was my shield and shelter from the pain:
For on his shoulders he was gently bearing
And on his shoulders I from harm was free:
The single trace of footprints of the Master,
The single trace of footprints shows he carried me.

4. So on the shore I walk with Him at even;
I face the latter days of life secure,
For if my pilgrimage reserves me sorrow
The footprints show that He is strong and sure:
If I am near the gates of heaven weary,
No longer strong enough to stride alone
The footprints show that he is there to carry me:
The footprints show the Lord my God will bear me home.

May be sung to 'Londonderry Air' aka 'O Danny Boy'

Jane charette

1 year ago

My favorite passage during very difficult times in my life, sent to me by my father years ago. Thank you for posting this beautiful piece.

Trevor

1 year ago

This is a lovely poem and it's been a great comfort to many people. It isn't from the Bible. The only time God's footprints are mentioned in the Bible is in Psalm 77 when the writer describes the people of God crossing the Red Sea and away from slavery in Egypt. He says to God;
"Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen."
At a time of great crisis for God's people, God's footprints could not be seen at all... but he was with them every step of the way.

tweety

1 year ago

love the poem

Steven buell

1 year ago

This gives me hope for my son who suffers audtism my marriage my kids my job my house gives me hope ybat lets me know gods will prval to help

bro jimmy

1 year ago

thank God, He really reminds me of His great love and mercy.

Osama Akhter

1 year ago

Pure Beauty..I think this is the feelings of every person in this world.
and yet expressed beautifully!
Loved it! :D

Anonymous

1 year ago

..I love this poem.

Anonymous

1 year ago

i remember this poem since when i was a child, its touching, beautiful and is simply

jayson fangon

2 years ago

i love and like this poem...god bless us all. . :)

Missy May

2 years ago

I love this poem I writing to a friend, and a grandson who are both in a Florida state prison and one my grandson has not found Christ yet, but here is always hope and the other has so I send them both things like this poem to give them strength in the Lord who carries us all, every day, every minute and very second of each day.

Debbie

2 years ago

Brings me Peace! Brings me Hope! Brings me Love!
Brings a Tear! Such comforting words.

kristen

2 years ago

what verse out of the bible is this?

Marti Buechlein

2 years ago

Too choked up to say anything besides thank you.

Samantha

2 years ago

this is my favorite poem of all times for.i know he is always with me. i am so blessed.and.have.come so far because he has always been by my side and sometimes carrying me. thank u Lord. i am blessed....

Tes

2 years ago

God is Love,God is Good,God is Great all the Times.

God is my Saviour!

Tiss Stevens

2 years ago

This wonderful poem by Mary Stevenson ?? was given to me several years ago by a very dear friend. It has been such a comfort during days of despair.....but also uplifting knowing Jesus walks with me at ALL times...Thank you.

Faye Brown

2 years ago

Thank you so much for this poem it is just the encouragement I am looking for to present to the
residents at the nursing home.
Be Blessed,

Ann

2 years ago

Bless u Yvonne your health is bad yet u put the poem for us to read it has helped me ,get well soon x Ann

Yvonne

2 years ago

It make,s me happy to see so many people love this poem ,you start to believe again ,as my health has got worse but the poem lifted my spirit up bless you all love Yvonne.

Brooke

2 years ago

That's an amazing poem. One of the best ever!

Brooke and Ashley

2 years ago

What a mind blowing poem it changes us

SG

2 years ago

What verse of the bible is this?

Yvonne

2 years ago

Hi Rick I am pleased you found it again it is wonderful the words mean a lots regards Yvonne.

Rick

2 years ago

i remember as a young boy seeing this on the wall of our house i always got will hang onto it from now on t
THANK THE LORD FOR FINDING IT AGING GAVE ME BUTTERFLYS IN MY STOAMIK

Yvonne

2 years ago

Could make a none believer, believe I do now believe this happens if I had a printer this is one I would print to give to friends it helped me at my worse time Yvonne. XX

Ruth Limkemann

2 years ago

I'm 94 yrs. old and this poem so beautifully explains where I am. As I began to realize that He is now carrying me, this poem that I heard in my youth came to mind. I'm so happy that I've found all the words. Thank you.

cyrill

2 years ago

foot print in the sand great

Anonymous

2 years ago

i love this poem

Monique

2 years ago

God is great

Anonymous

2 years ago

god be with you

trudi evans

2 years ago

In my deepest dakest time a friend gave e this and I cried so much. tHAT WAS BERORE i BECAME A cRISTIAN

Leiam Faye Franche Gestre

3 years ago

.. What a beautiful and inspirational poem..God never leaves us even in our times of sorrow and pain.. God loves us..

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