This past week a beautiful lady from our church took her final journey. I didn't know her long but in that short time it was apparent that she had a deep faith and love of Jesus. It was expressed also in the eulogies that came from friends and family.
When we travel, we are often reminded of the saying, "Take pictures. Leave footprints." (Except when we're diving it is "Leave bubbles.") Footprints of faith are made of love and are not like those made in the sand and washed away or even made on rock where they may not be visible. Faith footprints are what are impressed in memories, written on hearts, preserved as treasure that others might follow.
There is a song I love that expresses the importance of footprints of faith. The chorus goes like this:
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
(Find Us Faithful, Steve Green)
As I listened to the wonderful memories Mervine inspired, I could only hope to do the same. Will the footprints that I leave lead them to believe? Will yours?