20 March 2009

Friday musings..

I have long been a fan of the words to the poem Footprints, ever since I came across it funny enough just before my Mum died in 1992. It struck me then as something which was not only uplifting but also a revelation.

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 was one only.

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

Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

I do believe that in times of deep despair that there is something there that holds onto you, drags you forward and generally keeps you going through the hardest of days...

I realise that I am blessed in that the support of friends, family and even bloggers have aided my steps when I thought I might fail and I think I can see two sets of footprints behind me again.

Thank you everyone, even those who haven't said anything but have thought it, but especially to those who took the time to get in touch and leave messages of support.

My other favourite quote I shall end with is by Omar Khayyam

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it


Anonymous said...

I love *Footprints*. A friend sent me a, personalised, copy of the poem - printed out and framed...

...it's always been a favourite of mine :-D

Asclepius said...

It is a nice poem. Sadly I've never been a terribly religious person, my upbringing forced me to accept that you are the only person who can pull yourself out of the holes life throws you in. Although sometimes it takes a good friend to point you in the right direction.

Hope all is well.

Janet said...

I did "Footprints" in cross stitch for my stepfather several years ago. I also love the last quotation.