Blakely – Maurice, 16th March 2019, peacefully, at hospital, his loving family by his side, late of Portavogie. Beloved husband of Christine and dear father of Megan and Ursula. A Service of Thanksgiving for Maurice’s life will be held at 11.00am on Thursday 21st March 2019 in Adair Funeral Home, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery. Family flowers only please by request. Donations in memory of Maurice, if desired, may be made payable to Cancer Research NI c/o Adair Funeral Directors (address as above). Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all his family and friends. 

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."