Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Please pray...we have to have a miracle

2nd UPDATE: Luke has stayed strong this afternoon. I feel in my spirit that once again he is beating his odds. I can't describe the feeling I get every time I see his little arms and legs and the color they have turned...however, the doctor said that he thinks his color is getting a bit better.

Kristin and I have cried a lot and we have laughed a lot. When Kristin told me she posted the Caring Cards link yesterday, I immediately started to laugh. I went on to say that we will be billed for a new printer, toner, ink cartridge and paper. Each time the girls visit Luke's room with goodies, they bring a stack of Caring Cards...all we can do is laugh at their reactions to volume and then we cry as we read your wonderful words. Keep them coming folks, not to bring attention to any of my family, but to show what God has revealed to you through my son's life. In our deepest, darkest moments, we read your Caring Cards, emails, facebook posts and text messages and it provides the counseling we need to pull through.

We mentioned in an earlier blog that over a year ago we prayed for God to use us in extraordinary ways...sometimes the answer to prayer is scary. But, we know that God has used our boy's heart to touch the hearts of many people. Luke 1:37 is alive and spreading the news that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.

UPDATE: After cardio rounds we found that Luke literally must have a miracle to survive. They are doing everything they can to help his little body try to recover. All his meds have been changed out and all the Heparin has been stopped. A new blood thinner is being issued; it is a medicine that is not used a whole lot from what we understand. The doctors are turning all support back on full flow and giving him 24 to 48 hours to pull out of this setback. It really is up to the Lord from this point on.

As you might have guessed, Kristin and I are very tore up this morning. We have not lost faith that God can heal our little boy fully and we are walking by faith and not by sight. Even though his body and his situation looks bad, we are resting on our faith.

So today as you pray, pray that God completely heals Luke. Pray that when the doctors visit his room the next time, the only thing they can say is, "It's a miracle!" But also, give God praise and glory for what He has done. We have experienced many miracles in the last week. God has revealed Himself in many ways and thousands of people have been touched. God has used our little guy as an evangelist. People are on their knees for the first time in a long time - maybe ever, restoration has taken place, lives have been changed, relationships restored, brokenness made whole, people have reevaluated their priorities and the greatest of all - people are coming to know Christ Jesus! In my family's darkest hour, God is moving - and we pray that He continues to move. He is worthy to be praised!

Thank God today for all the small things in your life. Kristin and I would give up everything we have in order for Luke to be healthy and wake us up screaming and crying in the middle of the night because he is hungry; it's the small things in life that really matter the most. We pray that God blesses each and every one of you today as you draw closer to Him.

Luke is having a bad morning. His body seems to not be tolerating the blood thinner, Heparin, right now. His little arms and legs are really purple and it is a scary sight. Please pray that as the doctors and nurses work to change his medication that his little body begins to react in a positive way.

-- Benson

67 comments:

  1. Kristin,
    I am praying for you all. Luke is a beautiful little man. I know that God is with him and will give him the strength to get thru this hurdle. Your BG family lives you and is praying for you all.
    Lisa, David, Lauren, JP and Reece

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  2. I am praying for Luke this morning, for his doctors and nurses, for his Mommy and Daddy and grandparents there with him. Love to you all from more of your BG family.
    Sherry, Randy, Mallory, and Lindsey Simpson

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  3. We know that Luke is meant to be whole, complete, and perfect in this moment now. We know this in our deapest of thoughts and this should be part of our prayer. It is mine. Through this prayer God will heal him. In my prayers I have already thanked God for doing so, as I have full faith that it will be done. Sometimes things get a little worse before they get better. I haven't prayed this hard for something in years but I find myself praying for little Luke throughout the day. He is a beautiful baby and he has the power of prayer on his side.

    I also pray for the doctors and nurses. I pray that God will work through their hands. I am 500+ miles away but when I pray I can see the spirit of God not only in the room with Luke, but inside of him as well.

    I also pray for the two of you. I am a mother and cannot imagine being in your shoes. I cannot imagine the day-to-day of it all. You both seem to be so strong where, I am afraid, I would find myself weak. Just remember, it is important not to keep your emotions bottled up. Just because you express your frustration, hurt, anger, fear does not make you any less. It is important to get that all out so you do not carry it back into the room with Luke. So that, when you are with your little baby you can focus on him. You have to let all of those thoughts out and release them so that your deepest thought of KNOWING he will be healed can prevail.

    I don't know either of you but went to school with Benson. I came to your blog through FB. I wasn't raised in the church and haven't been in years but I know the God that speaks within my soul. My God tells me not to worry about Luke being ok but to KNOW that he is going to be ok. This is the most powerful of prayers.

    I will never forget little Luke's story....and I feel certin that his story will be a long one, one of healing.

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  4. Rick and Terry MilesJuly 7, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Benson after 33 years as a doctor I have learned that we can do many things to keep a person alive and to try and heal them. But, in the end we are all on God's time and in His hands. We are praying for Luke and his family.

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  5. Psalm 73:26 "God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." I pray that God would continue to heal Luke's heart! Praying that you all have a better afternoon!

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  6. Praying for Luke and for his mommy & daddy. Ephesians 3:20 tells us, "Jesus Christ is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than you can ask or imagine." Look at what He has already done for Luke and I feel that He has much more planned for him!
    Love you all, Remona & Sid

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  7. Dear Lord, please watch over Luke's little body today. Help the doctors to figure out what they need to do. And please help to comfort his mommy & daddy.

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  8. I've never met you guys, a friend of yours posted your blog on our message board and I've been praying for you all since I saw her post! I am praying for a healing in little Luke's body, and for strength and peace for both of you!! God Bless!
    Julia

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  9. Sending a little Matt Redmond your way this morning little buddy... Let those breaths bring life and blood to the tips of your little toes and fingers!!

    Let everything that, everything that,
    Everything that has breath praise the Lord.
    Let everything that, everything that,
    Everything that has breath praise the Lord.

    VERSE 1:
    Praise You in the morning,
    Praise You in the evening,
    Praise You when I'm young and when I'm old.
    Praise You when I'm laughing,
    Praise You when I'm grieving,
    Praise You every season of the soul.
    If we could see how much You're worth,
    Your power, Your might, Your endless love,
    Then surely we would never cease to praise.

    VERSE 2:
    Praise You in the heavens, joining with the angels,
    Praising You forever and a day.
    Praise You on the earth now, joining with creation,
    Calling all the nations to Your praise.
    If they could see how much You're worth,
    Your power, your might, your endless love,
    Then surely they would never cease to praise.

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  10. Praying for all of you.

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  11. I pull from your strength and Im so sorry to hear what little Luke and your family is going through. I would like to say a prayer for Luke if that is ok.
    Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give Your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ. Rest Your weary ones. Bless Your dying ones. Soothe Your suffering ones. Pity Your afflicted ones. Shield Your joyous ones. And all for Your love's sake. Amen

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  12. I got up this morning and read your update that they had to discontinue Lukes Heparin. I set and prayed as hard as I could pray. You three have been an inspiration to so many and you have touched my life in ways you can't imagine. I get overwhelmed and lots of times I take things for granted. As a Mother, Luke has touched me so much, making me realize that a mother must never take things for granted and God deserves all the praise for having a child and it being healthy! I have no doubt in God and I know that he is going to bring your little miracle through this ordeal! Yours and Kristins strength and faith have been such an inspiration!! I set my little girl on my lap last night and as I read your update and Lukes pictures came up, My little girl leaned over and kissed his picture and said "pritty babbiiee" and it touched my heart. WE WILL BE PRAYING FOR LUKE AND HIS WONDERFUL, LOVING PARENTS!! May God bless you with peace and touch Luke with a wonderful cure. OUR GOD IS A WONDERFUL GOD!!

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  13. Lukes story brings me to tears just about everytime I read it. Not sorrowful tears all the time but tears of redemption because of this incident bringing me closer to God. Tears of love for both you and Kristin. I am father and I know exactly what you are feeling.

    I want to comment on what Rick and Terry Miles said above. He is exactly right. A doctor friend of mine once said that doctors can only treat the symptoms, God is the one who heals.

    I pray that God continues to keep His hand upon you. I pray that God continues to be lifted up and exhalted above all things. I pray that God reaches down and touches Lukes little heart and recovers it. Maybe one of the doctors needs to know Christ. Father I pray that today would be that day.

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  14. Sexton 3, we have mutual friends, Mr. Richard Hunley and Jesus Christ, our Lord! Please know that you have many people praying for Luke's miracle. May God grant this miracle through any means he chooses...may he guide everyone involved with Luke's care...God bless this family!

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  15. We will continue to pray for you and your family. You sure do have a handsome young man on your hands. The enduring faith you all have shown in this situation is a lighthouse to all who see.

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  16. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

    May God grant you the strength and peace you need during this time. May His Holy Spirit be with you and surround you with comfort. May His healing hands reach out to Luke and heal his little body so that he can live a life of glorifying and serving the one true God. His miracles are many and mighty and you can be sure that prayers for a miracle are being said on Luke's behalf. Even people who don't know you, such as myself, have been moved by this tiny little person, his strong faithful parents, and their story of hope. I came upon your blog through a friend on Facebook and have been praying for you since. I am a mother of two miracles, one of which has had a heart condition since he was a little boy--Dr. Arennsman was our doctor too--but I can only imagine what you are going through. I admire your strength, courage, and faith. God bless you all.

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  17. I believe that I have prayed more in the last week then I have in a long time for one certain thing. Luke has blessed me in so many ways and he is only a week old. Luke has already witnessed to more people then most will in a lifetime. He is so strong and his parents are amazing people! The Sexton 3 are on my mind ALL the time. I thank you so much for allowing me to be blessed through your story.
    "God bless Luke even more today. Place both hands upon his body and breath healing into him. Continue to give Kristin and Benson strength to face another hour and faith to believe that you are the great Healer!"

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  18. Letting the Holy Spirit speak my heart's requests to the Savior Himself for all of you... Expecting a miracle in EVERY way!

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  19. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

    Hebrews 10:23 NLT

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  20. Praying for all 3 of you!! May God lay his hand upon your precious little one and heal him in a way doctors have no power to do. May God guide the doctor's hands so they know which path to go in treating baby Luke!! Your story has showed me that my Faith needs improvement so thanks to you and your precious little boy my strength is improving day by day!! I am so thankful for you all and pray that you get the little miracles you deserve!!

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  21. We are praying for God's hands to touch Luke's body & the ones taking care of him. He is a very special boy with 2 amazing parents.
    It is such a blessing to watch the Faith that you two have thru this storm.
    Aaron, Victoria, Jacob, & Brayden

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  22. Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb!

    Father, I praise You from the dept of my heart, for who YOU ARE! I join my prayer for little Luke with the many others. In the precious, mighty, all-powerful, healing name of JESUS,I ask for complete, total, documented, healing of Luke. From this day forward let there be no more setbacks, only improvement, supernatural improvement. Thank you for all you have already done. Let the name of Jesus be exalted! Amen

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  23. Your story has truely touched my heart... I am sending positive thoughts your way.

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  24. I am on my knees for little Luke

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  25. My friends Molly & Tyler Pepper told me about your blog and ever since I read it, I have been praying for you three. We have a 10 month old baby boy right now and it so easily could have been us in your place. I have prayed for you, told others about you and even blogged about your story. We will be praying without ceasing for God to heal Luke's broken heart and to just send angels to watch over his little crib. Hopefully we will all cry tears of joy soon!
    Peace of Christ to you!

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  26. Carrie and Jamie ZapfJuly 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Luke is beautiful! We are praying for all three of you.

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  27. Sending prayers your way. Keep the faith God can move mountains.

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  28. Marcus & KelliJuly 7, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    In the name of Jesus, Luke be healed! Father, we speak to the heart in the name of Jesus, Heart be healed. Every vein we command you in the name of Jesus to work properly and every capulary do what they are supposed to. We ask the purity of Christ's light enter into baby Luke this morning and all imperfection flee from the body. Sickness must go and imperfection must go and the heart must, in the name Jesus Christ, begin to work properly.
    We pray all of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Amen

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  29. My prayers go out to you all and your family....Luke is in God's hands and he knows best. Your story really touched me and after reading and seeing pictures I then realized I went to school with Kristin. Luke is a very cute lil boy. You both have outstanding faith in the Lord and he will see you all through this time in your life. I will keep you all in my prayers. God Bless
    Krystal Penick Coppage & Family

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  30. Praying so much for your son!

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  31. Praying...praying...and praying. We love you all three! Kayla & Shed Johnson and family

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  32. All of you are being held very close in my prayers today.

    Laura

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  33. Praying for you! Doing all I know to do right now, and I know many others in this town are doing the same.

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  34. Down on my knees---praying---

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  35. I'm praying for Supernatural Progress today! Father in Heaven, in the name of Jesus, I pray that you take Luke's heart in your hands and heal it to perfection. Please give Benson and Kristin the strength they need to endure this fight. Please give Luke healing and be with the doctors that they may know what needs to be done next!! In Your Name, Amen!!

    Sexton 3 - you are always on our minds and we continue to lift you up in our prayers!!!

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  36. Benson, Kristin and Luke,

    There has not been a moment over the past week where you have been out of my thoughts and prayers. The work that God has done already in Luke's life is amazing and I pray for that work to continue.

    Benson and Kristin- You have so many people that love you praying for you each and every day. We will keep praying for strength for the two of you as each day brings unique challenges.

    Luke- Keep fighting. You have a family that loves you very much and friends who are waiting anxiously to meet you.

    With much love and prayer,

    Ritchie

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  37. O Everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as thy holy angels always serve and worship thee in heaven, so by thy appointment they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
    and ever. Amen.

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  38. We're praying for your little guy here in Austin,Texas!

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  39. Benson, Kristin, and Luke,
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    With much love,
    Anissa

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  40. hoping his morning turns around!

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  41. We are thinking of you all daily!Tiffany, Andy, and August Mann

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  42. My husband and I are pastors and also have a miracle-in-progress daughter. When the doctors said she would not live past 2 years old we kept our eyes on the Great Physician and Healer. She just turned 16. PTL!! Jesus already paid the price!! It was a high and horrible price but He did it for us. The doctors can help and certainly want to help. We appreciate them. But when they've done all they can...God is still able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or even think!!! We have healing scriptures on CD, sermons about healing on CD, testimonies of healings on CD/DVD/books, healing scripture books (to read over Luke), etc. All these will help build & sustain your faith. We've spent many hours in KCH. We understand where you are in nearly every way. If we can bring you any of the above mentioned resources, please let us know. If you need folks to be there in person, we would gladly come. We understand that you may have all this already in place but just in case you don't, we wanted to make the offer. We stand in agreement with you for a miracle for Luke in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ!
    Blessings, Jack and Geri Stanley
    jackstanley@windstream.net

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  43. Don't worry about anything:instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Phillipians 4:6)Your Christian hearts have led you with an outpouring spirit to others. Your story has been difficult for you and a blessing to so many.Your testimony & Lukes carries on and on.
    We are praying for a healing.

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  44. I admire your strength, courage, and faith. You continue to be an inspiration to more people than you will ever realize. Sending out prayers for Luke's complete healing and your continued strength. God bless you all.

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  45. My prayers for little Luke will continue. Keep your faith for God hears the prayers for this precious child and He can still works miracles!

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  46. Our prayers continue for little Luke! We pray that his little body is made whole! We thank God for what he has done so far and also for what he is going to do for and through little Luke! We also pray that Benson, Kristin and their families receive peace that surpasses all understanding.

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  47. I don't think I know you all personally, but I saw posts today on facebook on my friends pages. And so I wondered who the "Sexton 3" was and what was your story. I found your blog and have read the entire story and have sat and cried like a baby. I am a nurse and have 3 children of my own. I have seen God truly work miracles with sick people and nothing else can explain it. We serve an awesome and mighty GOD. I immediately prayed for you and your family after I read this. I will continue to pray daily and pray for a miracle for baby Luke. You all have more faith than I have seen in a long time. How inspiring. May God richly bless your family and you receive your miracle. I am adding your blog to "my favorites" to stay updated.

    Amy

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  48. praying hard for a miracle.
    Thinking of you all, especially Luke at this difficult time Xxx

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  49. We hope and pray that Luke is better this afternoon. Please stay strong for little Luke so he will see his parents and know that he is loved so very much.

    Please, Lord, heal this little guy and let his family rest and have peace and happiness.

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  50. Sexton family. I am praying for you all right now. Praying that God will put his healing hands on this beautiful baby Luke. He is in God's hands now and I am praying a miracle in on your way. God Bless you all.

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  51. Isaiah 65:24 "Even before we call on Him, the Father has already begun to provide all that we need."

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  52. I have been praying with you both all day. Little Luke has touched my heart in so many ways. I know that Luke can feel all the love that is around him. What a beautiful little angel he is, he has touched so many lives. I pray that God will heal his little body. God Bless you.

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  53. Psalm 18:30 "As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him."

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  54. Dear Benson and Kristin,

    I am a sorority sister of Sarah Gardner's and I came across your blog on Sarah's Caring Bridge website. Even though I dont' know either of you, my heart aches so much as I cannot imagine how hard this is for you and your family. I am praying VERY hard for Luke and for you all as well. I check your blog everyday to see how your precious baby is doing. God Bless!

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  55. I am Krissy Cooper-Smothers' grandmother from NC and I sent your story to all my friends. With God nothing is impossible...I am praying for you and family....and especially little Luke. May God give you strength and encouragement day by day as only He can give. Ann Faircloth

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  56. I dont know you all, but I am a mommy. I feel for you and precious, little Luke.
    I am getting on my knees right now to pray for God's healing on his life. God will never leave us nor forsake us. HE is faithful!

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  57. I got a link to your blog through a friend. I know you don't know me but I just want to let you know that I am praying for Luke. Your faith has touched my heart and I appreciate your reminder to be thankful in every thing! I needed this reminder and I am earnestly praying for Luke's miraculous healing and that God will calm your hearts and help you through this very difficult time in your life!

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  58. Prayers for your precious baby boy.

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  59. Sharon (Shae) CampbellJuly 7, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Kristin, you may not remember me. I am Laura Campbell's mom. You were her admissions counselor last year at CU. You are at least 90% of why she chose CU. We have been reading the updates daily on little Luke and have been praying for his full recovery and strength for you and your husband. Nothing is impossible with God and nothing is a surprise to him. All of Luke's condition and changes are part of his plan and he is completing the outcome. I have full faith that Luke can and will be healed. Keep your faith strong and lean on each other through this difficult time. You are loved by so many people that you barely know, and obviously by this blog, many people that you know well. Love and prayers to you and yours,
    Laura and Sharon Campbell

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  60. I read your blog, I am part of a small group of prayer warriors for Jesus Christ... your son is now in our prayers and believe me Gods hand is in this situation and on your son. I am praying for a complete healing and yes there is sorrow now BUT! Joy,mercy,love and grace will come in the morning......
    I pray Holy Spirit will minister to you all and Jesus is in the middle of this storm, God is faithful keep praying with all you are and we will do the same...

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  61. As the mother of a baby born 7 weeks premature, we could've just as easily been in the situation you all are in. Through prayers, we now have a healthy 3 month old baby girl that only spent 2 1/2 weeks in the NICU. That was difficult enough for me so I can't even imagine what you all are going thru. We will continue to keep Luke and his family in our prayers until he has been healed.

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  62. We are praying for baby Luke, and you all as well, Was thinking back to when Adrienne was in the hospital for months and wanting to be home as I know you are. Just as Benson was saying God is working through Luke to bring people closer to him. Will pray for all to soon be well, we love you all.

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  63. Remember, as much as you love little Luke, God loves him more. He will never leave nor forsake you.

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  64. Praying for your little guy! WE have four miracle babies in our lives. One was born 1 lbs 10oz, and he's 10 and going strong. We also have twin boys who were born 5 1/2 weeks early with a lot of problems and one with Wolfe Parkinsons White Syndrome (a heart condition) and she's only on one cardiac medicine right now and is doing great!

    There is power in prayer and we'll be adding you all to our prayer list! I'm a friend of one of your co-workers. Keep the faith and we'll be holding you up in prayer!

    Our sincerest love and prayers!

    The Hartell Family

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  65. I know in my own way what you are dealing with because I had 10 week premature twin sons in 1984. Their lungs were not developed and Adam went to be with our Lord at 11 days, but even though the doctors gave no hope for Alex, God healed him and he's going strong today at 26 years old. I know what you are talking about when you talk of the darkened skin. It is scary. But God can and will heal, If it is His Will. You are All in our prayers.
    Kathy Rexroat and family...Russell Springs, KY

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  66. You are in my prayers! As a mom of a baby born at 28 weeks, and had all sorts of problems.. God truly preformed a miracle in front of our eyes. My son is now perfect and is almost 2. I know your pain, but don't give up!!!!!!!! Our God is greater, He is our healer! He is the author and finisher of live. Praying for you!!!!!!!!!!

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