Many of our summers and winters have been spent in Colville, and it was always action packed for Ryan.  He loved it there, spending time with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Whether it was fishing, chasing cows, playing video games, riding a four-wheeler with Dad, making a snowman, being pulled behind a tube on the lake, or popping balloons while jumping on a trampoline, Ryan enjoyed every moment he spent in this quiet mountain town.  When we lost Ryan, we knew this was where God intended us to lay him to rest.


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God saw he was getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So He put His arms around him,
And whispered, "Come with Me."
With tearful eyes, we watched him fade away.
Although we loved him dearly,
We could not make him stay.
A sweet young heart stopped beating,
His tiny hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

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When we lost Ryan and were planning his funeral, we wanted a portion of his service to be reserved for personal reflection.  We could not decide what music or song would be appropriate to honor Ryan and convey our feelings.  We struggled with this for several days. 

The morning before the funeral, a contractor working on the house we were staying at heard some of our conversations about this difficult choice.  Unknown to us, he went to his house and brought back a cassette tape and suggested we listen to the song; “If You Could See Me Now”, performed by the group “Truth.”.  Through tears we listened to the music and focused on the words, knowing that we had been given the perfect song at the perfect time with the perfect message. 

“IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW”
Written by Kim Noblitt and performed by Truth

Our prayers have all been answered;
I’ve finally arrived;
The healing that had been delayed;
Has now been realized.
No one’s in a hurry;
There’s no schedule to keep;
We’re all enjoying Jesus;
Just sitting at His feet. 

Chorus 

If you could see me now;
I’m walking streets of gold.
If you could see me now;
I’m standing tall and whole.
If you could see me now;
You’d know I’d seen His face.
If you could see me now,
You’d know the pain’s erased.
You wouldn’t want me to ever leave this place.
If you could only see me now.
 

My light and temporary trials;
Have worked out for my good.
To know it brought Him glory;
When I misunderstood.
Though we’ve had our sorrows;
They can never compare;
What Jesus has in store for us;
No language can share. 

(Repeat Chorus one time) 

Last Chorus 

If you could see me now;
I’m walking streets of gold.
If you could see me now;
I’m standing tall and whole.
If you could see me now;
You’d know I’d seen His face.
If you could see me now,
You’d know the pain’s erased.
You wouldn’t want me to ever leave this perfect place.
If you could only see me now.
If you could see me now.
If you could only see me now.
 

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