Sunday, October 13, 2013

A fitting memorial

Today, Ryan's grave marker was put in place. It took me an exceptional amount of time to think about exactly how to put who Ryan was into a two-foot wide slab of granite. Lots of thanks to Ryan's parents and my friends for being my sounding board and offering suggestions or affirmations. Thanks also to Ryan's cousin David for the beautiful craftsmanship. 

What I ended up loving the most about this stone is the scripture that is on it. "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." (Psalm 20:7, NIV) This scripture so embodies who my Ryan was. Although he loved horses and was often defined by his cowboy lifestyle, he was most defined by his faith in Jesus Christ. The picture also illustrates the way that Ryan led his life fully submitted to his Savior. Oh, I am so proud of you, Ry. 

In case you are interested in visiting this, Ryan was buried at Hersey Village Cemetery, an eighth of a mile west of the main street in Hersey (near his hometown of Reed City) on Three Mile Road. His gravesite is at the extreme east end of the cemetery.


Lorie Jager said...

Having been in very similar shoes to yours six years ago, your words about trying to create the right memorial resonated so very much (along with many other blog posts as well). Isn't it wonderful that the bible provides verses that not only glorify our God, but share a bit about our loved one. Thank you for continuing to blog and being an inspiration to so many.

Lorie Jager

lynette philippus said...

What A True InspirationTo So Many. Thinking Of You Still Everyday Kendra.

Megan said...

I don't know what made me think of you tonight but God placed you on my heart. Prayers for you and your son.