McCready – Bernadette (Bernie), 6th May 2017, suddenly at home, late of Meadow Close, Ballywalter. Beloved wife of John, dearly loved mum of Robert and Jane, cherished mother-in-law of Darren and devoted nana of Alyssa and Alex. A private Service of Thanksgiving for Bernie’s life will be held at the family home on Wednesday 10th May 2017, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery at 12 noon. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Bernie, if desired, may be made payable to Holy Trinity Parish Church c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure; you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.”

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."