McCormick – Irene (née Cairns), 19th February 2022, peacefully, late of Grange Road, Bangor. Dearly loved wife of Wallace, much loved mother of Pauline and Mark, highly respected mother-in-law of Jim and Veronica and adored granny of Mia. A Service of Thanksgiving for Irene’s life will be held at 1.00pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2022 in Carnalea Methodist Church. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Irene, if desired, may be made payable directly to Assisi Animal Sanctuary, 1 Old Belfast Road, Conlig BT23 7PU. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all her family.

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."