Footsteps In The Sand

Related to the prior post regarding God and charity and virtue, I was pondering the poem Footsteps In The Sand. Since it was never copyrighted, I presume to have license to make a few changes (underlined).

Footprints in the Sand
        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 Father,
      “You promised me Father,
         that if I followed you,
             you would walk with me always.
                   But I have noticed that during
                          the most trying period of my life
                                 there was only one
                                       set of footprints in the sand.
                                           Why, when I needed you most,
                                          were you not there for me?”
                                  Our Father replied,
                          “If I did not forsake you then,
                   if I assisted you through your ultimate trial,
            your atonement would have been incomplete.

I would have failed you.”

                                                   Mary Stevenson (as abused by me)

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