Mary Stevenson version of Footprints in the Sand

Below is the version of Footprints in the Sand by Mary Stevenson, written in 1939. This version of the poem is the oldest version and on On May 3, 1997 proof of authenticity was given to Mary Stevenson for this poem.

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 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 have only been
one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?”

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

– Mary Stevenson

5 thoughts on “Mary Stevenson version of Footprints in the Sand”

  1. Thanks for sharing. Even though it’s in the web elsewhere, the fact that you took time to share means a lot for the kingdom of God.

  2. Since I was a little girl, this has always been one of my favorite poems. And where we are in 2023 and it still holds so much weight and meaning in my life. Prayers and blessings to the family of the original author Mary Stevenson, and prayers to you woman of God for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much Ciara for your sweet comment. This is my favorite poem of all time as well. I still have the poem that my mom had hanging up when I was a child. It not only brings back such wonderful memories but it also reminds me that although mom may be gone, Jesus will never leave me.
      Be Blessed,

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