"Footprints in the sand" ... from a 1936 poem by a 14-year old girl by the name of Mary Stevenson (1922-1999) --- and later set to music as spoken and sung here by Christy Lane
 
(Spoken)
One night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the lord.
And across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One set belonged to me, and the other to the lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. And I noticed that many times along the path of life, there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life. This really bothered me so I questioned the lord about it.
 
(Sung)
One set of footprints in the sand
Lord, you promised me you'd hold my hand
Tell my why in the troubled time I looked back and I would find
One set of footprints in the sand

(Spoken)
Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But I've noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there's only one set of footprints. I don't understand why in times when I needed you most you should leave me. And the Lord replied: My precious, precious child, I love you. And I would never, never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you saw only one set of footprints in the sand, it was then that I was carrying you.
 
(Sung)
One set of footprints in the sand
Oh yes, at last I understand
Through every storm he carried me now I praise the lord each time I see
One set of footprints in the sand
One set of footprints in the sand