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Footprints in the Sand by Leona Lewis – When Thou Heart is Full of Sadness and Despair

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis, doth sing another beautiful moving song named  “Footprints in the Sand”. Written by Richard Page, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger and Simon Cowell and for Leona Lewis’s debut album, “Spirit”,    it will be released in March 2008 as Lewis’s third single,   as a double A-side with   “Better in Time”.

This song does capture the essence of the original allegorical text that describes a dream in which the person is walking on a beach with God.    Several writers have claimed authorship of the parable. This version is very beautiful.

Footprints

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.”

The End

The last sentence strikes us,   as we now see the story through different eyes.    We see the story now through eyes of love.

When we are lost in great despair and great sadness we sink into an abyss of darkness.    As we plunder deeper we loose our sense of connectedness to the world.    We are pulled away from all we hold dear and we fall before the feelings of being forsaken.     Everything that we once believed in is now questioned and we see the fragility of our bonds, the emptiness of the material,  and the hopelessness in our hearts.

I cannot think of many situations,  which create the feelings of being alone and forsaken as deeply,  as for those who endure severe physical pain that has no end.    The chronic pain will block you physically,  emotionally,  intellectually  and spiritually from all around you.  It erects walls that are so high that you fear you will never see the light again.    And as the last light dims and the suffering continues on,   you do not believe that anyone can penetrate that darkness.    Perhaps not even God.    A great source of pain is being separated from our power,  our loved ones  and life.    The ultimate source of pain is being separated from the divine love of God.

In the story, the man, when he sees only the one set of  footprints,  concludes that during his greatest need no one was there for him, not even God.   The loneliness and feelings of abandonment were like a final dagger in his soul.    But alas,  he learns the truth.     Love with arms  of compassion, caring and strength lifted him during those times and did not abandon him.

If you are engulfed this moment in a torrent of pain remember that somehow someway that you are, with courageous heart,  a “Knight of the Pain Table” who is loved and will always be.    Love can reach into corners that other forces cannot see.    And compassion from those who understand will ride the distance and never leave you to fight alone.    You will find our footprints in the sand.

I thanketh you for visiting Camelot where loneliness is banished and compassion is weaved into the garments of all who enter.    Pray thee well.

Your humble Scribe,
Lady Sharon
Knight of the PainTable

We thanketh Leona Lewis for her gift to make us all feel less alone.

Leona Lewis will perform “Footprints in the Sand”  on Dancing on Ice on 9 March 2008, with a special ice dance routine performed by Torvill and Dean.

Listen to Leona’s beautiful rendition of Snow Patrol’s “Run”.

Watch Leon’s official video for Footprints in the Sand”.

Footprints in the Sand Lyrics

You walked with me
Footprints in the sand
And helped me understand
Where I’m going
You walked with me
When I was all alone
With so much I know along the way
Then I heard you say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is filled with sorrow and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand

I see my life
Flash across the sky
So many times have I
Been so afraid ooh
And just when I
Have thought I’ve lost my way

You give me strength to carry on
That’s when I heard you say
I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is filled with sorrow and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand
When I’m weary
Well I know you’ll be there
And I can feel you
When you say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is full of sadness and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand


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3 Responses to “Footprints in the Sand by Leona Lewis – When Thou Heart is Full of Sadness and Despair”

  1. Logan says:

    Omg i love this song it makes me cry every time i listen to it well g2g byeeeee
    ♥always logan~

  2. Lady Sharon says:

    Dear Logan,

    Wilcume and thank you for your passion for this song. Some songs have wings that envelop us in a special way. Me thinketh that this song is one of those songs.

    Thank you for having a special heart.

    Take care,

    Lady Sharon

  3. Lady Sharon says:

    Good Tidings Anonymous,

    So happy you liked the writing concerning “Footprints in the Sand”. I thanketh you for noticing our aberation in the lyrics section.

    Apparently Sir Dagonet, our proofreader in Camelot, was found under the Pain Table having feasted on a little too much Mead. It is not the first time! We loveth when our readers doth help take pen in hand.

    Thank you again, Anonymous. Please stop by anytime.
    May you find beauty in this day.

    Lady Sharon