McIlroy – Thomas Alexander (Tom), 5th October 2015. Loving husband of the late Deborah, dearly loved father of Trevor and Derek, devoted grandfather and great grandfather. A Celebration for Tom’s Life will be held at 1.00 pm on Thursday 8th October 2015 in Ballywalter Presbyterian Church, followed by interment in Whitechurch Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Tom, if desired, may be made payable to NI Hospice c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “To know him was to love him.”

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."