Footprints in the sand

Carly Hoyer

By Carly Hoyer

(Editor’s note: Carly Hoyer, an eighth-grader at Holy Trinity Catholic Junior High School in Fort Madison, shares this reflection:)

I walk through life leaving footprints.  Like footprints in the sand, my path in life is marked by the people that I touch.

My family and friends accompany me on my adventure leaving footprints each day. Sometimes I walk alone, but more often, I’m walking with others. I have always loved to walk on the beach, leaving footprints in the sand. The sand sinks into my toes and makes me feel warm and safe.  My footprints are like memories left behind.  Some are of good times and others are not as happy.

I realize how much I have changed and grown when I look back at the pictures from our many family vacations at the beach. My footprints in the sand always trail behind me, showing where I have been and giving only clues to where I am headed. They are like memories.  I can look back on them, but must also be ready to create new ones. I look forward to making new footprints with each day.


Feet are the foundation of everything that I am and want to be. They allow me to jump to new heights, and are there to stop me in times of danger. My feet help me stand up for what is right.  With their support, I can lead. My feet help me be the best that I can be. 

My feet are my foundation, much like Christ is the foundation of my soul. Christ guides me and leads me in the right direction, the direction of eternal happiness with him.  It is through his steady support that I can take on what tomorrow brings.

Like footprints in the sand, memories can fade. Each day I walk the path of life making my tracks in the world. 

I must always learn from my footprints, trust in myself and listen for God’s directions and guidance. With God’s grace my feet will always carry me.

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