Layland – Janet, 1st August 2020, suddenly, late of Lawson Park, Portavogie. Precious wife of Geoffrey, adored mum of Christopher, Stephen and Jonathan, dearly loved daughter of George and Barbara, cherished sister of Lorraine, Paul and Sam, much loved mother-in-law of Angie and Aideen, devoted gran of Connor, Chloe, Molly, Jessica, Ben, Sophie and Thomas. Sadly, due to current government restrictions, a private Service of Thanksgiving for Janet’s life will be held for family and close friends only. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Janet, if desired, may be made payable to NI Children’s Hospice c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by all her family. “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”

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."