Footprints

March 3, 2009

Sarah White Coat (22 of 22)-700

I wanted to thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement these past few days. This morning around 10am my grandfather passed away with my parents by his side. We are all sad that he will no longer be here with us, but feel a sense of relief that his pain and suffering has finally come to an end. He is finally at peace and being welcomed by those that have gone before him.

I have been searching for something profound to say, but my mind is blank..........

So instead, I thought I would post this poem because it has always been a favorite.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I had a dream...
I dreamed I was 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 in the sand;
One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of my life flashed before us,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life,
There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in 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 in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, "My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
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."

By Mary Stevenson


The picture above was taken this weekend and I almost deleted it because Sarah looked down and Pat was in the background.....I am so glad I didn't because it's as if this picture were made to acompany this poem. If only the grass were sand........

71 comments:

Jodee Leader said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your Poppop today. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

The picture of Sarah is perfect. I love the poem too!

Sending you a big Nebraska hug today!

Kate said...

Lisa,

I am so sorry about your loss. Your post is so moving. Our prayers and thoughts with you all at this difficult time.

Kate

Aspiemom said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

{hugs}

sandra said...

I'm so sorry, Lisa. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Michelle said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I LOVE the picture ... it fits beautifully with the poem.

Marla said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Lisa. I will cover you and your family in prayer. {big hugs for you}

OH MY #6 said...

Oh Lisa, I am sorry for your loss. I am sure this is tough for you. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you process this.

Lea
xo

OHmommy said...

Beautiful picture for a beautiful poem. I am so sorry for your loss Lisa. My prayers are with you and your family during this time. Hugs.

Rebecca said...

Lisa - my heart fell when I read about your grandfather's passing today. I know he is in a better place, but the death of a family member leaves such an empty space here on earth! I remember my feelings when my grandfather died - I still miss him!!

Your family is in my prayers. I love the picture & poem you chose for this post. The photo feels very magical... almost as if that is Poppop in the background watching over Sarah. Just beautiful.

Special K said...

Very sorry for your loss. I hope knowing that he is at peace with your grandmother can bring you some comfort. Hugs.

Dawn said...

Lisa,

I am so sorry to hear about your Poppop. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your post was so beautiful and the picture was perfect for it!

Dawn

Gail said...

Lisa, I'm so sorry of the loss of your Grandfather. That poem is so appropriate and moves me...I still remember when I first read it probably 20 years ago. I'll be praying for your family, it's so hard to lose a loved one. Take care.

Gail

Felicia said...

You're in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for the loss of your grandfather. Big hugs!!

Laura said...

Lisa,

I am so sorry for your loss. But to think that he is with the love of his life makes me happy. We are thinking of you and your family!!

Laura

Sandy Toes said...

So sorry for your loss...you will be in my prayers during this time...may your memories of him be sweet.
sandy toe

Jboo said...

I am so sorry for you loss. What a wonderful long live he had. Hope you are all able to find some comfort in your memories. Great photo of Sarah and Pat. Take care.

Janet

Carol VR said...

Sorry for your loss, we continue to pray for you and your family.

carolinagirl said...

Oh Lisa, I am so, so sorry for the loss that your family has experienced today. Although you know that your Poppop is rejoicing in Heaven right now, I'm sure your heart is breaking here on earth.

My condolences to you and your family in the days ahead. Hang in there!

Beautiful picture. I love it!!!

Sharie said...

And God Said…

I said, “God, I hurt.”
And God said, “I know.”

I said, “God, I cry a lot.”
And God said, “That is why I gave you tears.”

I said, “God, I am so depressed.”
And God said, “That is why I gave you sunshine.”

I said, “God life is so hard.”
And God said, “That is why I gave you loved ones.”

I said, “God, my loved one died.”
And God said, “So did mine.”

I said, “God, it is such a loss.”
And God said, “I saw mine nailed to a cross.”

I said, “God, but your loved one lives.”
And God said, “So does yours.”

I said, “God, where are they now?”
And God said, “Mine is on My right and yours is in the Light.”

I said, “God, it hurts.”
And God said, “I know.”

Posted on the wall at the Oklahoma City bombing site.

Bridget said...

Lisa -

I am so sorry about the loss of your grandfaher. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Bridget

Briana's Mom said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you long distances hugs.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Huge hugs...

Though I am not a religious person... I do love that poem...

Casey said...

I am so very sorry about the loss of your grandfather. I love your post on the importance of family and food. I wish you much peace, Casey

Suzie said...

Thinking about you today and praying that you find comfort in knowing that your Poppop has been reunited with your Nana.

You are all in my prayers.

M3 said...

I'm so sorry...

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

"BIG HUGS"..
Love ya girly..

Sherri said...

No words can express the sympathy felt for you and your family. I'm sure he's busy catching up with your Nana...holding hands in heaven.

Take care...
♥Sherri

Belinda said...

Lisa,
SO sorry to hear about your Poppop.. my heart is so sad for you and your family.
Belinda

3D said...

My deepest condolences...

Jessica said...

Sorry Lisa for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. I love that picture...it's a great picture and I've always liked that poem. I hope you will be comforted at this difficult time.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I'm so sorry for your loss...

Jennifer said...

Lisa,
I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Poppop today! I will be thinking of you and keeping you and your family in my prayers! I wish I lived closer to you to help you in some way!

This is a great quote....
"Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die."

Huge hugs to you!!!!

Jen

Michelle said...

That picture is beautiful.

And I didn't get a chance to say so before but I am very very sorry for your loss.

Our Complete Family said...

Lisa,
I'm so sorry. You and your sweet family are in my prayers hun.
I am so glad you did not delete this photo. You are right~ it goes hand in hand with that poem (which is one of my all time favs as well).
Many hugs, love and prayers, Les

Shelly and Family said...

Oh Lisa...I am so sorry to hear about your loss...our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with you & your family...

As for the photo, I think it is so beautiful! In my opinion, you captured "the moment"!

Take care, my friend.....HUGS

Lucy said...

Dear Lisa,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your Poppop. It is so hard to lose a grandparent. I just lost my last remaining one this past summer and it is so hard. You are in my thoughts. Take care and sending you a big hug.
Lucy
P.S. That photo is beautiful.

Keisha said...

Sorry to hear about your Grandfather. The picture is Very fitting.. Just Precious!
My prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Hugs!

Polar Bear said...

Lisa,

I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

The picture is perfect.

Kayce said...

Lisa and family...

I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kayce

Heather said...

I am so glad that you did not delete that picture. It has to be one of the most precious pictures.

Sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts & prayers as you go through the next couple of days fellings lots of ups & downs.

Dita said...

Oh, Lisa...I am so sorry for your loss today and praying that Poppop and your Nana are sitting have a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs somewhere after a nice long bike ride! What a lovely picture.

Gorgeous picture of two of your loves and that poem is just the perfect accompaniament.

Big, big hugs, my friend.

Kam said...

Lisa, I'm so sorry for your family. What a hard time. But there is good news, there is peace and he is the best he's ever been! I will continue to pray for all of you.

And what a lovely photo.

Colleen said...

Many prayers and thoughts sent your way! I know your Poppop is at peace now, but still so difficult for you all. I pray that soon you will find peace in all the wonderful memories.
I too am SO glad you did not delete that photo...it is perfect!

Michaela said...

I am sorry for your loss. He is with your Nana now and they're both watching from Heaven.
Sending hugs,
Michaela

Shawnstribe said...

i too am so sorry, ((((hugs)))) for this difficult time
xxx
s

Michelle said...

Lisa,
I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I love Footprints, too. May He carry you and your family during this difficult time.

Hugs,
Michelle

jenbusymom said...

I am so sorry to hear that you've lost your Poppop. I'm glad that you got to make his favorite meal the other day in honour of him, even if he didn't get to enjoy it with you.

I love that poem too. I will be thinking of you through this difficult time.

Natalie said...

So very sorry about the loss of your Poppop. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Norah said...

The picture is perfect. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are surely with you.

Lisa said...

I'm so sorry Lisa! Even though we know that he is in a better place, it's still so hard!!! I'm sorry for your loss.

Sue said...

Sending hugs. I'm sorry for your loss.

Sue : )

The photo is really nice. : )

redmaryjanes said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Mandi said...

Lisa,

That poem is one of my all time favorites as well! So sorry to hear about your Poppop. At least you know he is back with the love of his life.
My thought and prayers are with you.

That picture is amazing!

Mandi

Jennifer said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

The picture is perfect for the Poem.

Take care,

Jen

kerri said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your PopPop, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Hugs..

Colleen said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need me please call me or email me...I'm always here for you.
{{{{hug}}}}}

wife.mom.nurse said...

My condolences to you my blog friend. It is so hard to say goodbye.

Footprints in the sand...so comforting.

What a delightful picture of the little one.

Sending prayers your way.

Julie

Kerry said...

Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss. Clearly you had a special relationship with your Grandfather. Please know that I am thinking of you.

With love,
Kerry

Sandy said...

It's so hard to think of profound during a time like that. Love, thoughts and prayers are with you!

Cindi said...

Ah Lisa,

I've been away too long... I'll be praying for your family during this difficult season. When my grandfather passed away a few years ago after months and months of painful illness, it was the good memories and the fun times when he was healthy, that we all mourned. That's what we missed. We knew he was finally "home," but it was still hard...

Cindi

Kristin said...

My heart goes out to you in your loss. Many prayers your way. Beautiful picture of your daughter, Sarah.

Terri said...

So very sorry for your loss...

Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers...

I have always loved that poem too....the pic is beautiful

Hugs
Terri

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss. I do feel blessed for you that you've had so many good years with your grandfather. Now go eat some spaghetti and meatballs for him!
Carrie

At Home In Georgia said...

I am sorry to hear about your Grandpa. May we all live such a long and wonderful life as he did.

Jo said...

Oh Lisa, I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Just know that he lived a full life surrounded by a loving family. Who could ask for more?

Warmly,
Jo

3 Peanuts said...

I am so very sorry for you loss. Praying for you and thinking of you.

Kim

Patricia/NYC said...

I am so very sorry for your loss, Lisa...you are all in my thoughts & prayers...I pray you find peace and comfort in your wonderful memories of your PopPop.

Hugs, my friend.

paige said...

thinking of you....
love love love this image

Jennifer said...

Lisa, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Poppop. We are definitely praying for you guys.

Jennifer

Dawn said...

I am so sorry for your loss..you are in my prayers.

I love the first picture of Sarah...great job!

Debz said...

So sorry about your grandfather...
beautiful poem...I never get tired of that one.