One night a young man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the winter forest with me.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the snow: one belonging
to him, and the other to me.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the snow.
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 me about it:
"Hey, 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."
And I 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."
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