Keenan – James Hagan, 25th March 2017, peacefully at home, late of Harbour Road, Portavogie. Beloved husband of Mavis, dearly loved daddy of Yvonne, Shirley-Anne and Amanda, much loved father-in-law of George, Mark and Simon, cherished granda of Glenn, Mark and Jamie. A Service of Thanksgiving for James’s life will be held at 2.00pm on Tuesday 28th March 2017 in St Andrew’s Parish Church, Ballyeasborough, followed by interment in the adjoining churchyard. Flowers welcome. Deeply regretted by the entire family circle. “Anchored Safe in the Haven of Rest.”

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."