Walker – John (Jackie), 8th August 2018, peacefully, at Seaview Private Nursing Home, late of Tonic Fold, Bangor. Beloved husband of the late Anne, devoted dad of John and Gail, cherished grandfather and friend. A Service of Thanksgiving for Jackie’s life will be held at 10.30 am on Saturday 11th August 2018 in Adair Funeral Home, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ, followed by committal in Clandeboye Cemetery. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Jackie, if desired, may be made payable to Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke c/o Adair Funeral Directors (address as above). “Safe in God’s keeping.”

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."