The gloomy wet weather this week has been very similar to the mood here in our community. We lost a great guy early Monday morning when Ryan Prudhomme died and it has literally been raining and dreary ever since.
I will never forget the first time I met Ryan, we had just moved up here, and it was the middle of winter. My parents were up so we took a drive to see the area. We found the one restaurant that stays open year round in a neighboring town, and went in. It's a very small bar/restaurant and when we walked in we saw 2 cowboys sitting at a table and I remember thinking..."where do I live?" It seemed like a picture from out west! Well, my dad, who never knew a stranger, decided to talk to these guys. He goes on to tell them who we are and that we had just moved to the area. They were both very kind and said they worked at the Ranch at Grace Adventures. So I wondered if they were just dressed that way because of the ranch or what, I mean they were in full get up, hat, bandanna around the neck, big belt buckles, vests, leather slicker coats, the real deal! I had seen several cowboys out west, and even knew one, but most people in Michigan, just wear the boots or hat or whatever not the whole shebang! After living here a while I came to realize that indeed they were true cowboys. And not only that, they had a passion for the Lord and used their love of all things cowboy at the camp to help others grow in their faith and knowledge of the Lord. It was a blessing to get to know Ryan, yes he was a great man of God, he was also a lot of fun and quite mischievous, he shared some great stories around campfires about his growing up years. He will definitely be missed!
Today we went to the visitation and were once again reminded that we have a living God who cares for us and gives us the grace we need to deal with the difficulties of this life. His wife, parents and brothers were all a picture of this kind of amazing grace. While we are all so very sad that he is no longer with us, we are not like those without hope. I cannot imagine going through life without the hope that is found in the Lord.
Please keep Kendra, Colton and their families in your prayers.