Margaret Fishback, a young woman, who searched for direction at the crossroads of her life, composed a beautiful poem with the title Footprints”. “Footprints” has appeared on plaques, and cards, calendars, and posters and is treasured by millions all over the world.

“One night I had a dream – I dreamed of walking along the beach with the Lord and across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints, one belonged to me and the other belonged to the Lord.

When the last scene of my life flashed before me I looked back, I looked at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of life, there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of my life. This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.

“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way, but I have noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you most, you should leave me.”

The Lord replies, “My precious little child, I love you and I would never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

The Good News given to us today is that while the journey of life will not always be easy, it need not be travelled alone

Submitted by Fr. Joseph Dovari