Johnston – Alexander (Alex), 27th July 2022, peacefully, at home, his loving family by his side, late of Springvale Road, Ballywalter. Beloved husband of Agnes, devoted dad of Samuel, Leonard and Alex. A Service of Thanksgiving for Alex’s life will be held at 10.30am on Monday 1st August 2022 in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter, followed by committal in Kirkistown Cemetery at 12 noon. Flowers welcome. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. “Safe in God’s keeping.”

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."