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One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was
walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the
sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene
he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one
belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he
looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed
that many times along the path of his life there
was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it
happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD
about it: "LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I
have noticed that during the most troublesome times
in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't
<understand why when I needed you most you
would leave me."

The LORD replied: "My son, my precious child, I love
you and I would never leave you. During your times of
trial and suffering, when you see only one set
of footprints, it was then that I carried you."