Monday, February 7, 2011


today is my friend ryan's birthday.

he's 26 but instead of partying down here with us in richmond, he's partying with Jesus.

it's a happy and sad day...

ry battled cancer for  a long time, and although you would never hear him whine or complain, we all knew he was in pain.  he never let on.  he still came to class whenever he could and he wasn't getting different treatments, he drove his beloved truck until it had to be taken away, and he never lost the smile on his face.

last year, we (all the cd girls) surprised ry with a bday party at gillums.  it was great... our professors came, all the girls came out and we just had a blast...
ry with his 22 girlfriends

a short time later, right before graduation, ry left us for the beauty of heaven where he's fully healthy and happy...

at church yesterday, the sermon was on miracles and a glimpse of what heaven is like, and i couldn't help thinking that ry was experiencing that:

and i heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "look! God's dwelling place is now among the people and he will dwell with them.  they will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  'He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.' He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" then he said, "write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
 - rev 21:1-5

it's happy that ry is experiencing  that... no more death, mourning, crying or pain... it's good he's free from the cancer and the treatments and the pain, but still, how can you not miss an awesome guy like ry?  it's hard for all us down here...

we, as a class, miss ryan every day... he brought us together, made us a family, and showed us truly how to live as if each day is your last and to trust Christ to your last breath.  i am so glad we all got to spend his last earthly birthday with him, it is one of those moments you just keep in your heart.  i can't wait to see you again in heaven, friend!  

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