Bell – John Alan, 13th August 2020, peacefully, at hospital, his loving family by his side. Dearly loved husband of Gillian, dearest dad of Karen and David. A Committal Service will be held at 3.30pm on Tuesday 18th August 2020 at Roselawn Crematorium. A Celebration for Alan’s life will take place at a later date. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Alan, if desired, may be made payable to the R.N.L.I c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed.

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."