Growing up, I read the story, “Footprints”, about a faithful man coming to the end of his life and finally having the opportunity to meet Jesus at the gates of heaven. Throughout his life he’d been promised that Jesus would always walk with him if he believed. As he reviewed his life, he saw there were two sets of footprints in the sand — one set his own and one set belonging to Jesus who walked beside him as promised. But, he noted, during the most stressful times in his life there was only one set of footprints in the sand. He asked Jesus, “Why would you abandon me during the most trying times of my life?” And Jesus answered, “It was during those times, that I carried you!”
I see the footprints in the sand… and I know that I am NEVER alone! I am surrounded by the footprints of those God sent to help me, love me, save me… Including the unique footprints of my beautiful children who happen to have been born with an extra 21st chromosome. And I know that through my most stressful times, it is THIS gift especially — my amazing children and their undying, unconditional and all-encompassing love… for me, for life, for all — that will carry me through my most stressful times. I believe and I thank God for them every single day!
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