Hodge – Andrea (née Cooke), 15th April 2022, peacefully, at Downe Hospital, aged 76 years, her loving family by her side, late of Lecale Lodge Care Home, Downpatrick, formerly of Bangor. Dearly loved sister of Denise, adored aunt of Natasha and David, Paul and Cat and Rebecca and Steve, great-aunt to Cameron, Alexandra, Daisy, Charlie, Alexander, James, Justin and Calley. Funeral arrangements private. No flowers please by request. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. “At Peace.”

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."