Footprints In The Sand

I wanted to share “Footprints In the Sand” with all of you. If you’ve never read it before, it is a spiritual poem that brings comfort to me. I hope that it can also comfort you. It describes a dream where the person is walking along the beach with God. The footprints represent stages of the person’s life, and it has a very beautiful ending. My sister Sandy said it is one of her favorite prayers. She has been so supportive throughout my writing. So I would like to dedicate this to her tonight.

Footprints In The Sand

 

About Zina

Zina Hermez authored the book Not Without God: A Story of Survival and created the Spinal Cord Injury Solutions! on line website. Zina works as an English Language Instructor, and has been an educator for nearly fifteen years her thousands of students have been from many parts of the world, and she’s worked with all ages.

Zina writes articles on faith and overcoming disability and her stories have been featured in Christianity Today, Spinal Cord Injury Zone, SCI Access, newsletters, and medical journals among many other various publications. To learn more about Zina visit http://zinahermez.com.

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Not Without God – A Poem

Tonight I would like to share a poem that I wrote from my book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. Regina, my nurse had put this in a plaque for me as a gift and she gave it to me on my birthday – a few months after my accident in 1994.

Regina was not only a nurse for many years in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. She was also an ordained Baptist minister, and woman of faith. She was the first medical professional to tell me I would walk again after my all of my injuries.

GOD

GOD I am crying, crying out to you.

Will you help me, help me get through.

Through the hard times with faith, strength and wisdom.

And be able to face whatever the outcome.

I will give my hardest to do what I think is best for me.

With everything I got, heart, mind, ability will you hold my hand through this PLEASE?

But if in the end I will be upset, I’ll be thankful, thankful for being here with family and friends.

And thank you God we finally met.

I wrote this poem after I found out some of the hospital staff were saying I would never walk again. I’ll never forget how I felt when my sister and Regina broke that news to me. In this poem, I was asking God to get me through the crisis while believing, and accepting.

My nurse found this poem so special that she framed it. It still sits on a mantle in my living room. I still read it, and to this day I am thankful. In awe of God’s mercies and all He has done for me. This is from Chapter 2 of my book.

 

About Zina

Zina Hermez has authored the book Not Without God: A Story of Survival and has created the Spinal Cord Injury Solutions! on line website. Zina works as an English Language Instructor, and has been an educator for nearly fifteen years her thousands of students have been from many parts of the world and she’s worked with all ages.

Zina writes articles on faith and overcoming disability and her stories have been featured in Christianity Today, Spinal Cord Injury Zone, SCI Access, newsletters, and medical journals among many other various publications. To learn more about Zina visit http://zinahermez.com.

The Epitome of Faith

Lord, in this day I am filled with happiness.
Although doubts try to surround me, and worry tries to betroth me,
I have kept Your promises.
There’s something in my heart that won’t let me go,
and I know it is not of this world.
It is sent from above.

I look to You for guidance day-by-day.
And You’ve replaced my sickness
with healing and praying.

I don’t understand it always–
these love-moving emotions I feel inside.
All I know is they have completely changed my life.

And this gift You are trying to give me,
and the restoration of my soul that You have replaced within me.
How can I say thank You enough, Lord?

Thank You.
I do really love You.

I know I am not worthy.

I Pray

 

I pray for a place of Power,

where kings shall reside in Peace.

I pray for a Heavenly foundation,

where God’s wisdom grows

alone, untouched, and only believed.

 

I ask for a brighter Tomorrow,

and a Son-shining today.

Where there is no room for misery,

nor is there room for pain.

 

I have faced adversity,

and tribulation came to visit me.

God’s love never failed.

 

It is true what it says in the Bible,

His love proves eternal

and even withholds the test of time.

 

My Lord is loving,

His Kindness, Compassion, and Love endure forever.

I can’t believe

how much He loves me.

 

He protects me with High Mountains,

and His Valleys run deep.

Yet there is no explaining,

all the good He has done for me.

 

I have known a great amount of tears,

I have watched defeat and have been defeated.

 

I have been sick,

and I have been blessed.

But all the while Risen

through Him who loves me.

 

I have carried my cross.

The weight of it was sometimes heavy,

and my shoulders were burdened.

Pain bombarded me

for days on end, continuing.

 

Many times I thought there was no such thing as healing.

There was no hand to lend itself,

so I thought about giving up.

 

I was wrong, mistaken, deceived

the Lord brought me through.

 

Each dream, each episode of my life

was given to me through visions before it was perceived.

And finally–my faith walk was complete.