The Vatican has just confirmed that Pope John Paul II, Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, died tonight. Men much greater than I will pay tribute to this man who has lead the Church with grace, courage and dignity. I pray that the Holy Father is with the God he loved so dearly.
At times of sadness, I believe this prayer can offer solace to those who feel bereaved.
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 there was only one set of
He also noticed that it happened at the
very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really
bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.
'Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you'd walk with me all of 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.
The Lord replied,
"My precious, precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your time of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints, it was then
that I carried you."