What’s your favorite and most important tattoo?

Daniel“I guess it would be have to be the verse. It’s actually “Footprints in the Sand”. It was my brother’s favorite prayer is why I got it. He passed away in ’05. (Joshua) He was 22. He overdosed on drugs. It was his favorite and it just makes sense. I’m not sure why he liked it but it goes with I guess how he passed at the end of it. He was really a lost soul. He had one cross with it engraved in it and I still have that. You’re about to make me cry.”

Footprints in the SandIMG_3536
by Mary Stevenson

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

Editor’s note: Humans of North Lake is our nod to the amazing website Humans of New York! Participants in our project have agreed to have their photo taken. For students, this is an opportunity to apply narrative reporting and digital storytelling methods.


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