Sunday, July 11, 2010

Celebration of Luke's Life

Kristin and I spent the day making arrangements for our sweet boy's Celebration of Life Service. This will not be a typical funeral service but literally a celebration of our son and celebration of Jesus Christ. We ask that anyone making plans to send flowers or gifts to consider making a donation to Luke 1:37 Ministries so that Luke's story can live on and continue to bring glory to God...you can do so through the funeral home listed below.

Location
Parrot & Ramsey Funeral Home
418 Lebanon Ave.
Campbellsville, KY 42718

Visitation
Tuesday, July 13th
After 5:00pm est

Celebration of Life Service
Wednesday, July 14th
11:00am est
Parrott & Ramsey Chapel
Bro Brian Rafferty, Bro Troy Long & Bro Rob Hughes officiating
Musical selections by Steadfast and Hannah Ellis

Resting Place
Memorial Gardens
Campbellsville, KY

Again, thank you for lifting up our family through the past several weeks. Keep believing and keep praising God for the blessings in your life!

Luke 1:37 - Nothing is impossible with God!

-- Benson

42 comments:

  1. Benson, Kristin,
    My heart goes out to you. Luke was such a sweet baby, and so handsome. I feel blessed to have known you and been part of Luke's care. I wish it could have been under different circumstances. I pray that you continue to hold tight to your faith and each other in this difficult time.
    Love and Prayer's,

    Jackie Thacker, RN PICU

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  2. You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

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  3. I ache for you all! It's awesome that the ministry will live on... your little boy had such a great impact on everyone!

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  4. When you feel a gentle breeze caress you when you sigh, it's a hug sent from Heaven from a loved one way up high!

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  5. Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that they are happy.

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  6. Praying for both of you during this time and in the months to come.

    It is my hope that both of our Lukes (my son was born into heaven in October) are friends in heaven. My heart breaks each time I hear of another parent going through this.

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  7. I learned of your story through a facebook friend and just wanted to offer my deepest condolences for your loss. Just 10 months ago, I buried my baby girl and my life has been forever changed. I know there are moments when you feel like questioning and others when you have never felt God as closely as you do right now. God is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
    Please know you are in my prayers and the prayers of many. You and Luke have touched so many with your testimony.
    Please feel free to contact me through my blog or email if there is anything I can do to help.
    Love in Christ.

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  8. Dear Sexton family:

    I learned about your story from a friend of mine named Chris Rountree....my name is Brandi La Rocco...my husband and I lost our son 3 weeks ago today. I was 37 1/2 weeks pregnant...our little Boston was born still on June 21st...due to a freak cord accident.

    It has been the toughest time of my life...but God has provided so much strength for my husband and I. We had a wonderful Celebration service for Boston on June 25th. The outpouring of love, prayers, calls, and stories of true inspiration have surrounded us since Boston went home with our heavenly father. I take great comfort in knowing that Boston will not hurt here on earth...and he is in the safest place...and I will see him again. .. I recommend a couple of things to you...I am reading a book called Empty Cradle, Broken Heart...there are a lot of things in there that help all the feelings make more sense... and a song called Glory Baby by watermark. Amazing song...extremely comforting.

    I know how you must feel at this moment..but reading all the messages the both of you have posted I know your wonderful family support and your faith in God will carry you both through...just as it has me and Matt. I will continue to pray for your comfort and healing during such a trying time. I know you don't know me....but if there is anything I can do...or you just need to talk to another mother that is hurting like you are...my email address is brandilarocco@yahoo.com

    God bless you both! I am sure Boston and Luke will have fun playing in Heaven...waiting on their parents to see them again.

    Brandi La Rocco

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  9. Luke's life has touched mine through your beautiful testimony. Thank you for sharing him. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    (((HUGS)))
    Leslie

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  10. I am so excited to see what the Luke 1:37 ministries is going to do. If he could do this much on earth, just think of all the things Luke and Jesus are going to accomplish as a team! I know your BG family and friends are praying faithfully and will always be here to comfort you both in this storm. Thank you for sharing you all's deepest thoughts, concerns and Luke's precious life with the world. Each one who has been on this blog will forever be changed!
    All our Love,
    Mindy, Travis, and Embry Hayes

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  11. As a mother who has recently lost a baby to HPLHS I just wanted to say that I am so very sorry. I am praying for the days and weeks ahead for your family.

    This is a hard and long journey, as we are the ones left behind while our children are in God's cradling embrace just waiting us to join them.

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  12. I want to say thank you because the life and testimony of Luke and the two of you has touched mine and I will be forever grateful to the three of you for giving us such an important reminder to never take one second for granted and to appreciate every minute and every second of the life i brought into this world. My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time and pray that God sees you through it each and every day.

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  13. I just want to tell you both how deeply sorry I am for your loss , but what a blessing it was in heaven to have a sweet little boy delivered back again . Luke will always be right there in both of your hearts , and he will live cradled in the arms of Our Lord . In your time of sorrow , and pain , Keep your eyes toward the Lord , and he shall comfort you both . From one mother to another , What a great job you both have done , and what a blessing little Luke brought into this world . Now little Luke will have everything he will ever need , and the Lord shall keep him safe untill you both can cradle him once again . You and your entire family are in our prayers .

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  14. May the following song give you the peace I received when I was going through a difficult time in my life.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p0P9fTnzBY

    My prayers have been, and will continue to be, with you. May God place His arms around each of you, and give you peace.

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  15. My heart goes out to you all during this difficult time. Thank you so much for sharing Luke's story with the world that he has impacted so dearly. Luke was such an adorable, precious baby. I have followed his story through your blogs from the beginning. At first, I'd read about him and just stare at that cute little face while I was in tears, wishing there was something I could do. Now I can look at his picture and smile, knowing that he is no longer in pain. If I can be of any help, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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  16. A friend of mine introduced me to your blog. I am a NICU nurse from Cincinnati, now living in California and your story has touched my heart. I am so sorry for your loss. I am not experiencing what you are going through right now, but I can tell you that it is so devastating as a nurse to not be able to help those babies who are very ill. Even when we try every medical procedure possible to try and help without avail, it is reassuring that they are now free from pain and living amongst the angels. God bless you and your tiny angel. For those of us who had the opportunity to hear Luke's story, he will never be forgotten.

    Katharine Hammond
    San Diego, CA

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  17. I'm so sorry for your loss. Luke sure fought through the most difficult of circumstances. May you find peace in knowing that he's in Jesus' arms and his heart is fully healed. God bless you and keep you...
    Heart hugs,
    Katie (Maddie's mom, HRHS)

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  18. You both are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  19. My heart goes out to you all. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Your stories have been such an inspiration to me.

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  20. To die one's self is a thing that must be easy, & light of consequence; but to lose a part of one's self--well, we know how deep that pang goes, we who have suffered that disaster, received that wound which cannot heal...It is one of the mysteries of our nature that a man, all unprepared, can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live. It will take mind and memory months and possibly years to gather together the details and thus learn and know the whole extent of the loss.
    ~Mark Twain, 1888, on the death of his daughter, Suzy Clemens

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  21. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.. Sweet Baby Luke may now rest in His arms! I lost my mother almost a year ago to AML.. the things you described took me back to the months in ICU with mom.. Your words give me comfort as I struggle with my own grief. Thank you for sharing Luke with us!! hugs, nicole cook-fircaro
    www.caringbridge.org/visit/welovebev

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  22. I am so sorry for your loss! Amidst all the sorrow and grief you will feel comforted and you will find a way to honor Luke and God. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and remember the great day when you will be reunited with Luke and we will be reunited with our Bosty....Bostonkjensen.blogspot.com. Love, hugs and an understanding of where you are.....

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  23. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been touched by the very short life of your precious one. My heart has been broken by your faith, your words and your suffering. Thank you for sharing your story and for allowing God to use your pain and loss to reach me at a very low time. Prayers have been lifted and will continue. I will remember Luke.

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  24. My heart is broken for you, I cant imagine the pain you are feeling, please know that I have been changed through this. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  25. I am so sorry for your loss. This is the hardest thing you will ever go through. My husband and I lost our 1st child, Gabriel, 12 years ago. Without the lord and each other I never would have made it. Your story has touched many people. I'm not sure why this happens...I have been able to witness to others and talk about my loss. Maybe that was the lord's plan for me. Time DOES heal, but his memory will live on forever. There will come a day when you can talk about him without the lump in your throat and the tears in your eyes. You and your family are in my prayers.

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  26. I'll start off by explaining to you who I am. My name is Missy Nugent, my dad is David Edwards, my grandmother is Lois (Sexton) Shoemaker. I live in Greenfield Indiana, near Indianapolis. I just want to let you both, and your families as well, know my heart truely goes out to you all. Your son is absolutely beautiful. His story is heart breaking. What amazing strength he was blessed with, to fight the way he did for the short time he was here with you. I pray for god to give u the strength to make it through this tragedy. I truely believe that god has a bigger plan for Luke. I will continue to keep you & your families in my thoughts & prayers. I know he's in heaven with Uncle Tommy watching over you all. May your faith in god help u find peace.

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  27. I have never even met you, Ive never seen your face but you touched my heart in many ways and taught me to have faith

    Luke you are an angel and GOD has called you home, but your short time here on earth has made prayer forever strong

    Only GOD knows why he took you, though no one is promised tomorrow but I want you to know no matter what that strangers feel the sorrow

    I have never even met you, Ive never saw your face but GOD has wrapped his arms around you to feel his full embrace.

    Dedicated to Luke Sexton
    Author: Tyler Coppage
    Campbellsville, KY

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  28. Benson & Kristin:

    Kristin you will probably not remember my mom which is also Lydia's meme. Benson you will remember the little lady with the white bun of hair. My mom changed her address to Heaven exactly three months ago today. We hope she will get to babysit your little Luke in Heaven because that is what she love to do on Earth.
    We are praying and right now tears are streaming. Heaven just keeps getting more precious.

    Linda, Mike and Lydia Tiller

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  29. Dearest Benson & Kristin,
    What a touching journey of faith & hope....
    God gives these tests to parents all over the world...
    Larry & I are one of those... Janssen was born 1 & 1/2 years before Easton was born......(he weighed 8lbs4oz & was diagnosed with a diaphraghmatic hernia & lived on this earth 2 hrs) & he blessed with twins, Abby & Brady 5 years later!
    Our children of 6 ( heather & jen) were 1st & 2nd, & Janssen was our 1st Son, .... Bur God needed him in Heaven.... We don't understand, but we know God's plan is perfect! Our earthly human pain is devastating, but we have God on our side... & believe me from experience..... He will NOT put mote on us than we can stand..... The angels are rejoicing in Heaven for all y
    the ones little handsome Luke has drawn so many on their knees, drawn closer to Christ, & even brought some to Christ...
    What a testimony you all have been!!
    Love & prayers!!!
    Sheila & (Larry)

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  30. Benson and Kristin,

    Brian and I truly wish we could come and celebrate Luke's life with you! Your faith and commitment to the Lord through this time is unbelievable, and truly inspirational to all. You guys prayed the bravest prayer any Christian could pray - for God to use your family in extraordinary ways. And look at the mountains he is moving through this! If we could all pray that prayer and continue to live for God's glory through his response (no matter the outcome), then God could be using ALL of us to move mountains in his Name! I pray that Brian and I both can have the faith you all do when we pray that prayer. Luke is a beautiful little boy - and he had the best earthly Mommy and Daddy - and now rests in the arms of our heavenly Father. Our heart aches for you, but also rejoices with you as you celebrate Luke's life and the impact he is having on this world. Our son will grow up to know Luke's story and the faith of his wonderful parents. Luke's story will impact the world for days, months, and years to come. Amazing. Love you guys.

    Christy & Brian & Easton

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  31. may God bless u both you have glorified God by letting him use u both and your son to touch people who need to hear of Gods great Love your faithfulness is the great testimony I have been praying for all of you may God wrap u i his loving arms and give you his peace

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  32. You are in my thoughts and prayers. You have touched me life so much. Stay strong in your faith.

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  33. You continue to remain in my prayers. I pray that God will give you the strength to weather this storm and that the story of Luke will continue to inspire others. I have taken for granted the blessing of healthy children and grandchildren, it is through Luke that I realize the many "little" blessings in life that I need to thank God for every day. Thank you for sharing and I pray that God will give you comfort and peace.

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  34. Benson & Kristen:
    The prayers of our family are with you daily and in the months to come. Our family experienced a loss to the same condition of my little nephew Logan who fought 5 days. He and Luke can be big buddies in heaven. It is hard to know what to say, but God is in Control even though we are left here. I do know there are people who will be saved by Luke's witness in his short life. I know from experience that this is true for my own daughter was brought back to Christ from our loss. When Logan passed, I prayed, Lord if just one person out there comes to you from this, your word says you will rejoice. Little did I know,that my own daughter would be that person. Your lives and witness combined with little Lukes' will change lives for Christ. We will all be reunited soon, for the Lord is coming soon and we will all rejoice together in his presence.

    God's blessings and presence are with you daily. Praying for your strength.

    The Albright, Glass, and Colley Families
    Grace Church of the Nazarene
    Clarksville TN

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  35. I only learned of your sorrow today. I am sorry for your loss, and more sorry that I didn't have a chance to pray for Luke. Your faith is amazing, and I am sure that Luke will be an inspiration for a long time. May God Bless your family!

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  36. I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Luke was an inspiration to everyone. God bless you & your family! He will give you the strength to get through this. Luke 1:37 "Nothing is imposible with God!" :)

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  37. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. Luke was such a sweet baby with the most precious face. I am blessed to have had the chance to meet such great parents and to take care of Luke.

    Dawn Williamson RN

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  38. will there b a visitation b4 the fneral

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  39. Thinking about u all and praying for you today.
    Mary

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  40. I learned of your story through some of my friends through Facebook. I am so sorry to hear of your lose. May God grant you peace and healing through your grieving process. He is our almighty comforter, just as He is now comforting your sweet, little Luke in His hands at this very moment. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Take care & God bless. Love in Christ, Heather Nickel (Louisville, KY).

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  41. Benson and Kristin:

    I do not know you, but your story has deeply touched myself and my husband. God has not blessed us with children yet and I cannot imagine how it must feel to endure such a process with a sick child. We have been praying you and Luke and will continue to do so for the months to come. I wanted to say that your faith through all of this is just amazing. Your story is truly inspiring.
    God Bless you both.

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  42. Kelly Prenn - Eminence, KYJuly 15, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    I have been blessed with the desire to make the most of each day in this life and I thought I was doing a pretty good job at it, until I became aware of this blog. The story of Luke that you shared with the world has taken me to new heights. I absolutely hate that you are without your sweet baby Luke. I find it necessary to tell you that now I not only live for each day, but each breathing minute.

    Lifting your family up today, as things slow down, and your mind still races this way and that...I pray that the peace God has given you remains strong.

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