McVea – Ruth, 17th April 2020, peacefully at hospital, late of Manse Road, Carrowdore. Beloved wife of Eric, devoted mum of Peter and Christine, highly respected mother-in-law of Susanne and Jim, cherished sister, aunt, nanny, great-nanny and friend. Sadly, due to the current public health crisis, the funeral will be private and restricted to a small family gathering. Family flowers only please. Will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by the entire family circle. “Till we meet again. At home 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."