Thompson – Margaret Elizabeth, 26th February 2018, peacefully, at her daughter’s home, St Mark’s Court, Newtownards, late of Shuttlefield Fold, Robert Street, Newtownards and formerly of Dunmurry. Beloved wife of the late Thomas (Tom), loving and deeply loved mother of Barbara and Terence, devoted grandmother and great grandmother. A Service of Thanksgiving for Margaret’s life will be held at 12 noon on Friday 2nd March 2018 in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, following a private family cremation. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Margaret, if desired, may be made payable to The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity (RVH) c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “God has you in His keeping; we have you in our hearts.”

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."