Gulliver – Colin Thomas, 10th January 2022, peacefully, his loving family by his side, late of New Court, Portavogie. Loving husband of Eileen, dearly loved dad of Angela and her partner Marty, devoted granda to Rhys, Maddox and Hudson. House and funeral arrangements strictly private. No flowers please, by request. Donations in memory of Colin, if desired, may be made payable to Parkinson’s UK Northern Ireland c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. “Your restless days are over; your sleepless nights are past. God put His arms around you and gave you peace at last.’’

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."