Statement By Burrell Webb about "Footprints in the Sand"


Know all mankind by these presents that I, Burrell Webb am the original author of the work titled "FOOTPRINTS" (aka:  footprints in the sand, aka: I had a dream, aka: One night I had a dream, et al.)
Know that no one authored my work before me. No one authored my work after me. No one authored my work besides me and no one authored my work instead of me. The work in fact is nothing but a conversation that I had with the LORD.
I was an orphan and as is usual with orphans, I was bitterly abused all of my life. During my 18 - 19 Th. year I came to a point where I could no longer deal with the abuse and I was talking to the LORD about my horrible life.

The words attributed to me ( the man in the prose) essentially embody my words and thoughts as I expressed them to the LORD. The LORD'S response in the prose is essentially what the LORD answered back to me.  You will note our conversation is not remarkable except in the part where the LORD answered me. It is that part and that alone which has carried it around the world and into the hearts of so many  people.

It helped me so much that I decided to share it with the world so I took it to a person who published it for me and it has spread from there to where it is today.
I deliberately left it with the author unknown so that everyone could enjoy it and benefit from it freely.  In retrospect I am afraid that this was a mistake on my part. I should have realized that weak persons would be tempted to claim and try to profit from it, thereby falling into sin. For this I am profoundly sorry.  I deeply regret that I have caused brothers and sisters in the LORD to stumble.  I humbly beg forgiveness for my inequity and for the harm that it has caused. 

With deepest regrets, I am


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 belonged to him the other to the LORD.

When the last scene from 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 lowest, saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him, and he questioned the LORD about it. "LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would 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 the 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. "

by Burrell Webb
Authored in the Fall of 1958


Having thus defined my work and having laid my claim before you; To any who challenge and to any who question or doubt the validity of my claim  I offer the following;  

That I will agree to submit to polygraph testing by any third party anywhere in the world  provided that transportation and temporary quarters are provided for me until I am returned to my home. I further propose to all claimants of my work that they join with me in submitting to  the same polygraph examination.   If their claims are true they have nothing to fear from the polygraph. 

I took the step of going to the state police polygraph examiner on the 7th of May, 2005 and having myself tested to prove my authenticity. He said that I have passed his test and according to his examination I am the author of FOOTPRINTS. The written report is (#050507128) and can be obtained by writing to Burrell Webb.

If you have any comments or grievances over this, please write to me, Burrell Webb at: 

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