One night I dreamed that I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints and other times there were only one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord, You promised me Lord that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have been only one set of footprints in the sand. Why when I have needed You the most You haven’t been there for me? The Lord replied “my precious child I love you and would never leave you. The times when you have seen only one set of footprints it was then that I carried you.” (Author unknown)

Often in sobriety I don’t think about the addict and alcoholic who are still using or drinking and the hell they are going through. I know in my heart it isn’t where they want to be. None of us want to lead this life and the chaos it brings to those we love. We are so deeply stuck in our disease that it seems impossible to change. We feel that even God has left us behind. This poem is for you; the still sick and suffering addict and alcoholic. You are not alone.

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