Thompson – Ellen (née Cardy), 31st July 2017, peacefully at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, her loving family by her side, late of Lemons Road, Portavogie. Beloved wife of David, cherished mum of Beverley-Anne and the late Joanne. A Service of Thanksgiving for Ellen’s life will be held at 1.00 pm on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 in Trinity Free Presbyterian Church, Portavogie, followed by committal in Kirkistown Cemetery. Flowers welcome. “Redeemed by the Precious Blood of Christ.”

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."