"Footprints", is a popular allegorical text written by

American Poet Carolyn Joyce Carty


American Poet Carolyn Joyce Carty

authored Footprints

April passion week 1963


Footprints Poem


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 of his life. This really bothered him and questioned the Lord about it.

"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. However, I noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."


The Lord replied, "my precious, 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." 


Authored By Carolyn Joyce Carty American Poet Author of Footprints ©


Footprints - The original author Carolyn Joyce Carty rewrote Scharring-Hausen’s version in 1963. Carolyn Joyce Carty’s version is now known as the popular version of the Footprints Poem; Dedicated to Ella H. Scharring-Hausen. "The Footprints of God; Jesus Footprints in the Sand" is " truly the most popular poem in today’s times,  follow Jesus Footprints American Poetry Journals.


 Ella H. Scharring-Hausen & Carolyn Joyce Carty

American Poetry American Authors

Carty has compiled her collection of 25 New Books from over 9 decades of cherished memories and are now on the market.