Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Cry of Parents

Allysa Gooden shared this Scripture with me this morning, and it is what we stand on today: Lamentations 3:55-57 says, "But I called on your name, Lord, from deep within the pit. You heard me when I cried, 'Listen to my pleading! Hear my cry for help!' Yes, you came when I called; you told me, 'Do not fear.''

Luke is not doing well again today. His feet and hands are not receiving proper blood flow and the doctors say that those tissues may be dying. They say there comes a point where they do things 'to' Luke instead of 'for' Luke. They do not believe we are totally at that point, but it may not be long.

We still stand firm on our faith and believe that nothing is impossible with God.

-- Benson

46 comments:

  1. Have been praying for you all this last week. Listening to Selah yesterday and these lyrics continued to remind me to pray for you...

    ...There is power, power, wonder-working power
    In the blood of the Lamb
    There is power, power, wonder-working power
    In the precious blood of the Lamb

    Lord, how we need Your power
    Every day and every hour
    Lord, how we need
    Your power Every day and every hour

    Lord how we need Your
    Power, power, wonder-working power
    In the blood of the Lamb
    Power, power, wonder-working power
    In the precious blood of the Lamb...

    Praying for baby Luke to pull through this latest hurdle and for his mommy and daddy to continue to have strength and peace as they walk through this time.

    A friend in C-ville...

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  2. Praying for you and your SWEET LUKE!! He is a special little boy. As a mom of 2 boys I KNOW just how special they are!! Cling to that scripture today.. God hears the cries of HIS people!

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  3. Kelly Prenn (A friend of a friend)July 8, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    My Lord, my God, I cry out to you. I pray. And then I hope that I said the right prayer. I worry. And then I ask forgiveness for not relying on you. I always hold my babies close, but today I hold them closer. I have Baby Luke on my mind, in my heart, and in my prayers. I plead to you to shock those doctors, cause an uproar in that hospital, perform the miracle that only you can perform. Kristin, Benson, and their whole family are waiting on you Lord...

    While I'm Waiting, By: John Waller
    I'm waiting
    I'm waiting on You, Lord
    And I am hopeful
    I'm waiting on You, Lord
    Though it is painful
    But patiently, I will wait

    I will move ahead, bold and confident
    Takeing every step in obedience
    While I'm waiting
    I will serve You
    While I'm waiting
    I will worship
    While I'm waiting
    I will not faint
    I'll be running the race
    Even while I wait

    I'm waiting
    I'm waiting on You, Lord
    And I am peaceful
    I'm waiting on You, Lord
    Though it's not easy
    But faithfully, I will wait
    Yes, I will wait
    I will serve You while I'm waiting
    I will worship while I'm waiting
    I will serve You while I'm waiting
    I will worship while I'm waiting
    I will serve you while I'm waiting
    I will worship while I'm waiting on You, Lord

    It is in Jesus' Perfect Name that I pray. Amen

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  4. What God has Promised

    God has not promised
    skies always blue,
    Flower strewn pathways
    all our lives through.

    God has not promised
    sun without rain,
    Joy without sorrow
    or peace without pain.

    But God has promised
    strength for the day,
    Rest for the laborer
    and light on the way.

    He promised grace for the trial
    and help from above,
    Unfailing sympathy
    undying love.

    ~ This poem has given me peace through my own trials, and I pray that it will do the same for you. Your faith is such an inspiration, even in these dark moments. God will be with you no matter what the outcome. I am praying without ceasing.

    Ashlee Tomes
    ~ Mommy to London (HLHS)

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  5. There is power, power, wonder-working power,
    In the blood of the Lamb;
    There is power, power, wonder-working power,
    In the precious blood of the lamb!

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  6. Praying for a miracle for your family! Our God is able!!!

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  7. I pray for a miracle today, just one positive comment, one hopeful sign. God is going to show up and show out just in His time. Stay faithful and positive. Much love! Mindy

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  8. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; GREAT is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.(Lam. 3:22-26) Praying and fasting today for you and your little guy!

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  9. PRAYING FOR YOU AND LUKE!! God can work miracles and he will do them in his time. I have faith the Lord will touch Baby Luke today and move through him restoring blood to his limbs!!

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  10. wow what strength from an awesome mommy and daddy. You are truely children of our Lord. May God give doctors and nurses knowledge and hands/hearts of love to help this precious little boy. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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  11. Benson & Kristin, I read this scripture this morning and thought of you both and Baby Luke. He has touched so many lives and there are many that are praying for you. I spent hours last night praying for your family and your adorable little son! THE PRAYERS WILL CONTINUE!

    Praying....Trish
    2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

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  12. I am a NICU nurse and understand your agony at watching your little guy go through this. I pray for your baby and your family. God will be with you and give your strength. Miracles can happen, and when they don't God is still there. I am praying for all of those caring for Luke as well.

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  13. I am praying for the blood to flow through his little body. My family has been blessed my the miracles of God. I know God has a plan for Baby Luke he is already using him. Just stay strong pray and believe God will do the rest. love you all!!!!!!!!

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  14. Praying for you both but most of all praying for good blood flow through out Luke's little body....from the tips of his little fingers and down to his little toes. I pray that the miracle of his improved blood flow is evident to your eyes, the eyes of the nurses and doctors. That this supernatural miracle be seen by all. That all will be amazed but know that it is only through our Heavenly Father.
    Luke 1:37!!!!

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  15. We continue to pray for a miracle and complete healing.

    Julie Nale

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  16. I am a friend of a friend and Baby Luke is in my prayers! I have faith that there will be blood flow everywhere! I opened up my devotion this morning and read this: When Life Throws you a curve , run to God. His spirit is willing, and your MIRACLE may be just around the corner!
    Then He took the five loaves and two fish and looking up to Heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. Luke 9:16

    Know that I am praying for your Miracle and for you!

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  17. I have been continually praying for the three of you. I can only imagine what you are going through. When our son Brandon was born he spent 10 days in Kosairs. It was such a scary time. Now when you look at him you would never know he had such a rough start. I pray that it will be that way for Luke too. The doctors and nurses there are wonderful. You are in good hands. We attend French Valley United Methodist Church. My husband has always gone there and still refers to your dad as his favorite pastor. May God hold you tight and continue to bless you. Love and prayers, Amy Leach

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  18. I don't know you all but saw the link on Facebook and wanted you all to know that I am praying for you. Praying for a miracle for Baby Luke. Praying that Jesus continues to be your comfort when nothing else makes sense. I am a mom and can't imagine what your heart is going through. Praying.

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  19. I join with you in prayer for Luke, my heart cries out to God for your precious little one.

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  20. Believing for a miracle!!

    Healer-Kari Jobe

    You hold my every moment
    You calm my raging seas
    You walk with me through fire
    And heal all my disease

    I trust in You
    I trust in You

    I believe You're my healer
    I believe You are all I need
    I believe You're my portion
    I believe You're more than enough for me
    Jesus, You're all I need

    You hold my every moment
    You calm my raging seas
    You walk with me through fire
    And heal all my disease

    I trust in You
    I trust in You

    I believe You're my healer
    I believe You are all I need
    I believe You're my portion
    I believe You're more than enough for me
    Jesus, You're all I need

    Nothing is impossible for You
    Nothing is impossible for You
    Nothing is impossible for You
    Nothing is impossible for You

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  21. Today's light I hope.
    Today's grace I hope.
    Today's miracles I hope.
    Today's strength I hope.
    Today's courage I hope.
    I wish I could take away your pain. I hope.
    I wish for healing. I hope.
    I wish for love and understanding. I hope.
    I wish for peace. I hope.

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  22. More prayers going up for you, Kristen and Luke. May our awesome God perform a miracle as only He can do and cause the blood to flow freely throughout Luke's body. May you feel God's loving arms around all of you and your families through these trying minutes and hours.
    Luke has already touches so many, many lives and I know God, in His infinite wisdom will continue to use Luke and your and Kristin's faith to bring others to Christ/ Love you all.

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  23. Laura Hatfield ShepardJuly 8, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Benson and Kristin...Please know that you have an Army of people here in Madison Alabama praying for you and your Luke. Miracles don't always happen the way we expect them but they do happen! Your faith and resolve gives me strength and so many others as evidence by this blog. What a blessing Luke has become and will continue to be. God knows what He is doing, we just have to trust Him. Love, Hugs and Prayers to you all.

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  24. Hello, I found you via Heather Spohr. I and my family will keep you in our prayers. We will pray for peace and strength for your family, and healing for your little boy.

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  25. My 3 year old son prayed for baby Luke today. He prayed " I hope he feels better so he can play with his cars"...continued prayers are coming for Luke and the rest of your family.

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  26. Please Lord, be with this family and give them the strength to weather this storm. Be with the doctors and give them the knowledge, strength and tools they need to change the circumstances and help Luke come through stronger and better. Please Lord, let the problem cease and the healing begin.

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  27. Hang in there little man, you will be ok! <3

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  28. My prayers are with baby Luke and you all. God has a special plan for your precious little one, so don't give up, for God has not given up neither has baby Luke. I pray that the blood flow will flow back into his little arms and legs. The pictures of him are so precious and you can tell he is a little fighter. Prayers and Blessings sent up for you all.

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  29. Prayers for Luke and all of you from the Owings family

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  30. Praying for precious Luke for healing and strength as well as strength for you Benson and Kristin as well as peace from our Savior. God bless you all...He Reigns!!

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  31. God does do MIRACLES !!! We are all praying so hard for God to heal this beautiful baby boy, your faith in God is strong and that is what is carrying your through this very difficult time in your life, you walk by faith not by sight, and God is always there right beside you!! Prayers are goin up 24-7 . God Bless Love and Prayers, Rick, Sarah Dillon Dustin,& Jessica Flowers, Russell & Saundra Jo Smith, and Kenny, Pauletta Jo, Kendra, & Keylee West and Families.. The power of prayer is a powerful thing ! WE BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!!

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  32. Since this morning when I showed my three year old son your beautiful pictures of Luke, when I get on the computer to check my email, he'll say, "Mommy, are you looking for our baby, Luke?". So I get on here and show him the pictures and he'll say, "Let's pray"... his prayer (as well as mine) goes like this, "Make our baby, Luke, better and send him home" Many, many prayers sent your way!
    Erica Guffey

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  33. I too am the parent of a Hypoplastic kid, God works miricles everyday and I pray that we see His hand with you and Luke. With God all things are possible. All of you are in my prayers.

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  34. Psalms 4:1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. 4:3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call unto him. Keeping your family in my prayers.

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  35. Heavenly Father, watch with us over your child and grant that he may be restored to that perfect health which it is yours alone to give; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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  36. Please know that my family and I are sending up many many prayers for all of you. I am good friends the Julians from TN and Jennifer let me know about your situation. In 2008, my husband and I went through a very similiar situation. Unfortunately, our little guy went to live with Jesus 7 days after his birth. Since then I have been on an amazing spiritual journey. Your faithfulness to Him will be rewarded no matter the outcome. One thing that helped me was,"Peace be still and know that I am God." Sometimes when we were at our most chaotic times we must just be still and feel His love, comfort, and assurance. I am praying for the best for your little guy and for the both of you. As a parent who has been there, I pray for your courage, your comfort, and that you may feel his abounding love.

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  37. Prayers going up, baby Luke has touched so many in a great way god has a plan for this little angle & he is a true fighter. God bless this little bundle an comfort his loving parent's.

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  38. The Columbia Church of Christ had a special prayer before service for Baby Luke. We will continue to pray. Keep the faith!!

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  39. Father, I'm praying for Benson, Kristin and Luke and others in my circle of family and friends who need Christ...

    You are the God who gives life to the spiritually dead. (Romans 4:17b)

    I thank You that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But Scripture asks, How can these I'm praying for call on Jesus if they have not believed in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they've not heard about Him? And how can they hear without someone bringing the truth to them? And how can they hear unless that person is sent? (Romans 10:13–15a)

    I ask You to send someone into each of their lives, someone with the message of life, the Word of Christ—for Your Word does not return empty; it accomplishes what You desire and achieves the purpose for which it is sent. (Romans 10:17; Isaiah 55:11)

    May they hear the words of Christ, for His words are spirit and they are life. May the words that they hear not be stolen from their hearts. ( John 6:63; Luke 8:12)

    Send someone they can respect to bring them the truth. In Jesus' name, amen.

    Thank you for spreading Your word through Luke and showing us a miracle in him.

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  40. There are prayers going up throughout northern Georgia right for the healing of sweet little Luke. I stand in awe at the healing God has worked in the lives of countless others (as well as myself) as a result of ya'lls faith and compassion and Luke's remarkable story. God is so good in that he takes that which is difficult and terrible in our lives and is able to turn it into the furtherance of his kingdom. Luke in his young life has in his own way been a minister and proof of God to 1000s. I pray that he continues to improve leaps and bounds and that he makes a FULL recovery ALL to the glory of God! Your family has been a blessing to so many. You have made me stronger in my faith and my determination. Thank you for setting such an incredible example of complete trust in God. I will continue to pray daily and will spread your story as much as possible each day so that prayers will be multiplied even further for Luke's healing. I love you guys.

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  41. I seen your link through a family member about baby Luke. I am a mom & grandmother that has lost a son & grandson a little to early because GOD needed another angel with him. My little angels are in Heaven with GOD walking the streets of gold now. I still cannot understand what you as Luke's parents are going through. I do know that my heart is breaking for you & right now I am praying. Your faith & complete trust in GOD has made me realize how much I need to strengthen my relationship with GOD! WOW! What an example and testimony you have set for me.

    Dear Lord, I now you are our strength, comfort & our ever guiding light. I just ask that you watch over baby Luke give him the strength he needs to win this fight & may blood poor throughout little Luke's body to help make him better soon. I ask that you give baby Luke's parents the strength they need to get through this trying & crucial point in their life. Lord, I just want you to know you have some amazing parents of baby Luke that is witnessing & giving their testimony of 'How Great Thou Art". I thank you Lord, for your guidance & your love & most of all for not giving up on me personally when it seems I have given up on you. I love you Lord & please continue to strenghten this family & baby Luke. I ask this and all unspoken requests that are out there tonight be heard. In JESUS name, AMEN.

    Baby Luke,each time I see & hug my granddaughters there will be an extra hug for you also. Baby Luke you & your family will be in my every prayer and I just know with all the love and prayers that are going up for you little one that our prayes will be heard and they will be answered..

    I hope I get the chance one day to meet you & your parents as they are so awesome at the strength & faith & love that they have for you & in GOD!!

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  42. Praying for strength for Mom and Dad and Healing for Baby Luke.God hears the cries of his Children.

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  43. There is no way for anyone to know how to deal with the situation that you are in unless they have experienced something like this themselves. I lost one of my little boys due to a birth defect as well, and although my situation is a bit different than yours, it is still very difficult. It has been 3 years now, and I know in my heart that God had a much better plan for him and that he is in the most wonderful place he could ever be. I pray that my little Dane is taking little Luke under his angel wings and is showing him around in heaven. What a peaceful thought. All things occur for a reason, and we must stay strong and faithful. We serve an Awesome God and he has his reasons for everything even when we don't understand. I promise, if you just stay strong and never doubt him, he will lead you all to understand.

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  44. I'am so sorry to hear this. Luke want be going threw the pian and suffering. He was a 'lil' man that faught hard-with his parents by his side♥your in our prayers♥

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  45. -it's hard to lose a baby:(
    but having a baby for 11 days is a lot harder.
    i couln't imagine the pain there going threw.
    -i believe with god you can pull threw..
    -my best wishes♥

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