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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sad day for my friend

I really don't want to be a downer, but the daughter of one of my best friends is going through a rough time. One of her childhood friends has passed away(she was not even 19 years old) and she will be traveling to the funeral this weekend. She has never flown before. She probably has never been this far away from home before. She has had some tragedies to live through, but this hits so close to her heart. She doesn't want to go, but she wants to be there. There is such an ache in my heart for her and her mom(my friend). It is one of those times that you just have to give it all up to God. He has to be there for her...there's nothing else to hang on to. I know it is in these times, when there's nothing else that you can do, when God shows up and carries you through. It's like that poem that I love called "Footprints in the Sand".
**Footprints in the Sand**
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."
-Mary Stevenson

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