Smith – Kenneth Keith (Ken), 11th January 2020, peacefully, late of Saltwater Close, Ballywalter. Beloved husband of Margaret and dearly loved daddy of Alison and the late Diane. A Service of Thanksgiving for Ken’s life will be held at 11.00am on Thursday 16th January 2020 in Ballywalter Presbyterian Church, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery. Flowers welcome or donations in memory of Ken, if desired, may be made payable to NI Children’s Hospice c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “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."