Ayre – Martha (Meta), Called Home 17th May 2022, suddenly, late of Whitechurch Meadows, Ballywalter. Beloved wife of the late Billy, much loved mum of David and Louanne, highly respected mother-in-law of Lin and Michael, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother. A committal will take place at 12 noon on Monday 23rd May 2022 in Whitechurch Cemetery, followed by A Service of Thanksgiving for Meta’s life at 12.30pm in Ards Evangelical Church, Loughries. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Meta, if desired, may be made payable to either Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital (Cardiff) or Waakisa Ministries c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Our hearts are broken at her sudden passing but we have the steadfast assurance of a final breath on earth and the next in Heaven. Precious memories of a wonderful lady we will never forget. Will be greatly missed by the entire family circle. “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."