I received the book Footprints by Margaret Fishback Powers, for my birthday four years ago. Coincidentally it was also written the year I was born, in 1964!
The book is a collection of scripture reading and reflections all based on her poem, (which was written for her husband), and is a treasure trove which I can dip in and out of most days. I also take it with me when I go on our caravan holidays!
I suppose like most people, I have experienced times of anxiety, sadness and worry as well as many happy times. The words of this poem and, indeed the whole book has helped me through all these times.
The poem is rather long but the last part is here for you...
“…But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don’t understand why, when I needed You most, You 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.”
What more can be said…