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Friday, September 08, 2006

Footprints in the Sand

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.

Why,
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

39 comments:

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

    Wow!
    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!
    Gorgeous!
    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!
    -Margie:)

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  2. beautiful ocean photos. I always liked this poem too.

    Have a great weekend! :)

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  3. Nice illustrations for this poem.

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  4. Margie, i had a wonderful time there.
    Yes, they are my footprints on both the pictures. Do they look like those of a Yeti :D

    Thanks again for the nice words. I love having you here. You make my day with your words and your poems.

    Take care
    -ari

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  5. Kathy,
    Thank you. I love that poem too. You too have a great weekend.
    -ari

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  6. Chad, Welcome to my blog, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. See you around.
    Take care
    -ari

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  7. ari: nice blog. Your pictures blew me away.

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  8. 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!

    Keshi.

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  9. 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!

    Margie:)

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

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

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  12. 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.

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

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  14. Good to see you back!

    Thats one of my all time fave poems...

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  15. 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.

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

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

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

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  18. 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,
    Robyn

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  19. danne, thank you for stopping by my blog. I loved your pictures too. See ya around.

    -ari

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  20. Thank you Keshi,
    Have faith in God. If it werent for the sad days, you will never appreciate the happy days. If it were for the bad times, you will never be able to thank god for the good times.

    Steve's death was a big shock to me too. He was a dare devil and a person who liked to live life on the edge. May his soul rest in peace.

    Hugsss to you toooo.
    -ari

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  21. Hey Margie..

    hahaha... sasquatch.. you can call me whatever you want. The first picture has both mine and my wife's footprints. The second pic has only mine. I guess i was carrying her.... hahahaha... (i'm no god though :-p)

    -ari

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  22. Jon Cox, Welcome to my blog. Im glad you liked the pics and the poem. See you around.
    -ari

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  23. Hey G,
    Thanks for the comments and i missed by blogger buddies too :)

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  24. ellesapple,
    welcome to my blog and thanks for the comments. It still remains one of my fav poems though i have heard it over a hundred times.

    There is a big history behind this poem. 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.

    See ya around
    -ari

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  25. Priyankari, welcome to my blog. Thanks for your comment. See ya around :)
    -ari

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  26. Ash, good to have you here and thanks for your comment :-)
    I love your pictures, especially the part where you pay attention to parallels and verticals along with a combination of colors. Good going :)

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  27. Suji, great job on the floral decorations on your blog. Thanks for your comment.
    -ari

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  28. Thank you Priya, I had a very tiring vacation. Slept through most of the weekend. It was total fun though. Thanks for your comment.
    -ari

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  29. Thank you Radhika. That is one of my favorite poems. Been reading that since when i was a kid. This poem was the first to come to my mind when i saw the footsteps on the beach.

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  30. Hey Robyn,
    Thanks, i had a wonderful and a tiring vacation. I hope you visit this warm place, but try to make it when it is not peak time and when kids are busy with school. I have more pics of hawaii for you :)

    Take care
    -ari

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

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

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

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  34. pria, that's okay. thanks for the nice comments :-)

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  35. Starry, my pleasure. Hope your weekend was good.

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  36. 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.

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  37. 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!

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