Thompson – Margaret (née Bailie), 20th January 2018, peacefully at hospital, her loving family by her side, late of Park Avenue, Ballywalter. Deeply loved wife of Norman, devoted mum of Adrian and Romayne, loving mother-in-law of Gillian and dear sister of Marie and brother-in-law Ernest. A Service of Thanksgiving for Margaret’s life will be held at 11.00 am on Wednesday 24th January 2018 in Glastry Methodist Church, followed by committal in Ballyhalbert Family Burial Ground. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Margaret, if desired, may be made payable to Glastry Methodist Church c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

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."