Saturday, July 10, 2010

Resting in the Arms of Jesus

As many of you probably know, Luke went home to see Jesus last night. Yesterday was a the nightmare of all nightmares for me and Kristin as his little body took an extreme turn for the worse. As a father, I cannot find the words to explain what his little arms and legs looked like. The doctor's are still not quite sure why the perfusion stopped to his extremities, but by noon yesterday there was no blood flow to any of them. If he had survived off the ECMO support, his limbs would have been amputated.

In the coming weeks we will take journeys back as we recall the few days our son had on this earth and how it made each of us grow closer to the Lord, and grow closer as a family. For the next few days, we will arrange Luke's Celebration Service, one in which God will orchestrate and the Holy Spirit will minister.

I will tell you that we had church last night and it echoed throughout Kosair. Brian Rafferty, Troy Long and Rob Hughes led a special Christening Service that turned into a worship service. Leah Hayes sang like she has never sang before to her little boyfriend. But most of all, God was glorified. We thanked Him for the ministry opportunity that He gave our son.

Though Luke was not healed in his physical body, he received complete healing last night! As hard as it will be for Kristin and I for the rest of our lives, we know that we know that we know that Jesus is Lord and that He did not fail us. We prayed for healing and for His will to be done. We never gave up on our son or on the promise of healing. Down to Luke's last breathe, we spoke life. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our faith is not superficial and neither is our Savior. He is the King of Kings, and the the Lord of Lords.

Our prayer today is that as we begin to grieve the loss of our son, you will celebrate the miracles in your life. Thank God for all your blessings, and most of all draw closer to Him and enter into a personal relationship with Him.

Continue to lift my family up in your prayers. We never dreamed that we would ever have to face this kind of storm in our lives, and we don't understand why it had to happen, but we know that we have a support system beyond comprehension and that our little boy touched the world.

Luke 1:37 Ministries is alive and will always proclaim and believe that "Nothing is Impossible with God!"

-- Benson

118 comments:

  1. Benson and Kristin, You all are on our minds, in our hearts, and continuously in our prayers. My heart aches so badly for each of you.. Luke and you two have been an inspiration that has shaken everyone around. Luke will not only live on to all those that know his story now but he will continue to live on as we share his story to others and it continues to get passed along. Carter will grow up knowing about a little baby boy named Luke and his parents, and the absolute amazing testimony that you all have been. God bless you and may he hold you in his comforting arms..

    Katie W. Curry

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  2. Whitney Moss introduced me to your family. What a beautiful boy. And I am just so sorry for your heartache and loss. I have shed tears for your family and lay awake last night not even knowing how to pray.
    In the midst of this sorrow I know that it is Christ in you that continues to worship Him and it is beautiful.
    I am so sorry for your loss, but so thankful for Luke's life...he has touched many many lives.

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  3. so i just cried incredibly hard reading this but not in pain! in the Holy Ghost!! I yearn and strive for the faith of you and Kristin! I cannot even begin to ACT like i understand even in the smallest what your family is going through and for that i'm sorry. Luke--Even though I didnt know you little buddy I want you to know that you have given my a deeper compassion and love for our unborn baby! Although everyone wants you here on Earth--what better way to "grow up" than with Jesus on the streets of Gold. Give him a fist bump for me :) and tell him to rain down special blessings on your AMAZING mom and dad!
    Benson and Kristin- Thank you for sharing the life of your amazing little man with all of us and giving us a chance to draw closer to the sweet refreshing holy Ghost!!
    God is in Control!- My biggest prayers are out for you guys!!
    Love you!
    -Bethany Graves- (Brandon Thompson's little sister)

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  4. My family's hearts go out to you and your entire family. Luke's story has touched so many lives, and will never be forgotten. You all will continue to be in our hearts and prayers. Keep yourselves strong through this heartbreaking journey, and always remember that Luke will be watching over you and with you forever and always. May God Bless you.
    Maggie Hale

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  5. So So sorry for your loss i have been reading ur blog daily and u hadnt written since thursday ive checked every hour or so and i am very sad to hear that he passed but know that he;ll always b ur lil gaurdian angel and i wish u strength in the next years especially the next few weeks wen u get home i am a mother of three and i could not bear going thru this stay strong and keep the faith

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  6. You are in my prayers. Hold on to Jesus and let him carry you. Feel comforted to know that your child will never experience pain again and he is with the One who loves greater than all. You'll be in my prayers in the upcoming weeks...your story has renewed my faith and made me appreciate so much more my family. Your Luke was angel sent to you for a short time but made such a great impact on so many lives. What great parents you are and what a special little one

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  7. I came across your blog through another... I read the story of your son and was brought to tears. I prayed for all three of you while my computer screen still sat with your story in front of me.
    We too lost a son. We found out at 30 weeks when I went into pre term labor that he would not be able to live outside of me.
    He lived for a few short hours, but has touched my life and my husbands life more than anyone else ever has.
    And I know this will be the same for you two. It is a tough road you both are on. But lean against eachother and stay close to the Lord and he will guide you through each minute of every day.
    You will continue to be in my prayers.
    Laura T.
    Take care of eachother.

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  8. Benson -

    The faith that you and Kristin have is incredible. I pray that God comforts each of you. I am so sorry for you guys and even as I type the words they seem shallow. But please know that my heart breaks for you today and I am lifting your family up often.

    Carla Schooler

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  9. Your story has touched me deeply. It has caused me to take note of the blessings in my life and stop to praise God for the blessings that I so often take for granted. I cannot imagine what you must be going through but you are in my prayers. As I look at my own sleeping daughter and think about Luke, my heart can't help but wonder... But God answers me: "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the surveying? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sand together and all the angels shouted for joy?" Job 38:4-7

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  10. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this hard time. I admire your faith and know that God will help you to heal, and that he is taking such very special care of his newest Angel. Prayers for you all!

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  11. I just found out about Luke and your blog yesterday and I have been praying hard for you. I'm so sorry, but I know Luke is with Jesus and is now completely healed. As others have said in their comments, lean on the Lord, each other and your loving family and friends. God will guide you and comfort you; He is our strength. Thank you for being unselfish enough to share Luke's story during this difficult time in your lives. He has inspired me and touched me in ways I can't express. Please take care of each other in the coming days. I'll continue to pray for you and your family.

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  12. Luke has touched so many lives. Luke will be big brother guardian angel to his unborn siblings and will continue to bless your family for eternity.

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  13. i am so sorry for ur loss. i know u guys are in a lot of pain right now , just know that now little luke is no longer suffering and is ur guardian angel. god bless u all

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  14. While I can not imagine the pain and sorrow you must be feeling right now, I pray that it brings you some measure of joy to know what an amazing impact your precious little son Luke has had on thousands. Your story has spread far and wide, and your testimony of faith during this trial has brought thousands to their knees. I know without a doubt that there are people following your blog that have similar stories of children who are ill or other life altering circumstances, and your steadfast hope and confidence in the Lord, even while facing this devastating loss, may very well prompt some to reach out and take hold of His salvation for the very first time. God never promises us a life free from pain, grief, and sorrow, but He does promise to walk with us through it all, giving us hope, peace, and a purpose. May your story be the catalyst for many to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and may they experience the same hope that shines through you. Not many of us can say we've reached thousands for Christ. Luke did more for the Kingdom in his short life than most of us do in our decades on earth. Our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your sweet son. Sending prayers of peace and comfort to you- from a stranger in Texas.

    Blessed be Your name
    When the sun's shining down on me
    When the world's 'all as it should be'
    Blessed be Your name

    Blessed be Your name
    On the road marked with suffering
    Though there's pain in the offering
    Blessed be Your name

    Every blessing You pour out
    I'll turn back to praise
    When the darkness closes in, Lord
    Still I will say

    Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Blessed be Your name
    Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Blessed be Your glorious name

    Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Blessed be Your name
    Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Blessed be Your glorious name

    You give and take away
    You give and take away
    My heart will choose to say
    Lord, blessed be Your name

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  15. Many, many prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray God gives you much peace and comfort.

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  16. Kristin and Benson,
    My heart is heavy for you all. I know it hurts so much and we don't understand, but one day we will. I do know this that Luke has touched so many with his life here on earth and I believe Luke will continue to touch lives while he works in heaven as the LORD's angel. I love you all and we still have all of you in our prayers. GOD IS holding Luke now and HIS grace surrounds you all.
    love and kisses, Teresa,Anthony,Amanda,and Drew
    Aunt Kate too xooxoxo.

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  17. My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. I too have gone through a loss within the last year and I have a slight idea of what you are going through. Granted I had so much more time with my loved one than you did with you precious angel. No one can understand how you feel until they walk in your shoes.
    I commend your faith in God. The story you have shared with each and everyone of us that have read your blog proves your dedication to God. You were awesome parents for the little time that you had your angel with you. Please know that God has his newest angel home with him now and that he is looking down saying...that is my Mom and Dad....they loved me with everything they had and never lost their faith. We all could take lessons from you both.
    I want to thank you for being an inspiration to me and showing me that I need to take a good look at myself and my relationship with GOD. Luke served his purpose on this earth and from what I can see from all the reply's to your posts it was to bring people closer to each other and back to GOD. Well done Luke...you did an AWESOME JOB...AND THANK YOU.

    May God hold his comforting arms around you in this time of need and sorrow. God Bless you and yours. My prayers will continue for your loss and your family. Take Care of each other and know that you are special...

    A Very Thankful Friend

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  18. The prayers of all those touched by Little Luke filled the Heaven with Love and He will continue to fill our hearts and heaven with Love. For this I am thankful for and praise GOD.
    We love you and you are all in our prayers.
    love, Teresa,Anthony,Amanda,Drew and Aunt Kate

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  19. Benson I Don't Know You And Kristin But I Have Kept This Site Up Reading The Up Dates And Comments This Is A Heart breaking Story When I First Read This Page It Broke My Heart And Now Even More That Baby Luke Is Gone He Was A Fighter I Just Knew He Was Going Pull Thru It All And First Thing This Morning i Checked The Page And I Made A Call To My Sister To See If She Had Heard Anything And She Got A Call At That Time From A Friend That Told Her Baby Luke Was Gone She Called Me Back To Tell me And I Had This Page Up But I Could Not Find The Right Word's To Say But I Want You All To Know That I Am Thinking About You All And May God Find Peace For You I Know There Is Nothing I Can Say Or Do To Take This Pain Away But God Bless The Family...Joyce Williams

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  20. Praying for you both as you grieve the loss of your son. My husband & I lost our daughter 2wks ago due to premature labor & I can tell you with absolute certainty it was the prayers of everyone in our "real" life & blog life that have sustained us, I pray the same holds true for both of you.
    Three songs that gave us great comfort & we used in our daughters memorial service were Smallest Wingless by Craig Cardiff, Held by Natalie Grant, & Hope Now by Addison Road. I pray that God grants you both the strength & grace for the journey ahead.

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  21. My heart breaks for you both while at the same time I have been so touched and encouraged by your strength and courage and constant praise and worship that has been present throughout what has to be the worst experience parents can go through. I do not know either of you but know that you both along with your precious child have forever touched my life. I truly feel that as many lives have been touched during the last few weeks, that Luke's ministry on earth has only begun. As much as he was able to do in his few days of life.... He can now do so much more. Thank you all for sharing your story. You have all truly blessed my life.

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  22. My God bless the both of you. I've followed your blog every day.. Keep your faith and know that your still being thought of.

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  23. This is sad i am sorry for your lose what a sad thing to bare. i don't know you and i want to hug you and just cry with you and be there. You are are in the Lords hands and he has all things planed. I know you know that you are so strong in the Lord. Praise be to God that you know him and hear his words! May God bless you and your family and give you strengh to continue.

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  24. May the comforting hand of the Lord cradle you in his arms now. I pray for you to lean on God and know that Luke fulfilled his mission in this world he touched more lives then alot will ever hope to in such a major way. May God bless and keep you. You are in my prayers in your time of grief. Remember Jesus experienced grief also and he alone knows of your heartache.
    GOD BLESS YOU
    Someone who was touched by luke

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  25. Kristin & Benson,
    I'm so sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. You both have been such an inspiration to so many...you truly are amazing!! Thanks for sharing your story about sweet baby Luke...it has touched so many lives, in so many different ways!! May God continue to bless you both and give you a peace and understanding that only He can give you!!

    Love ya,
    Sharon Gibson

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  26. Dear Kristin and Benson:

    Thank you for sharing your lives with us. The pictures of Luke are beautiful. He was such a beautiful child I think the Lord wanted to be with him right away. He is well, I am sorry for your loss.

    Blessings,

    Ray Hollenbach

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  27. Benson & Kristen,

    I was deeply sadden by the news this morning. My heart breaks for your loss. I know that you are both extremely strong Christians and will rely on the Lord to pull you through. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help during this difficult time. I know that your situation has drawn the LWC family closer. It was so wonderful to see all the people attend the lunch and to know how many donated time to you. Please know that you are loved and supported!

    I will be praying for you!

    Karen Wright

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  28. I have been reading your blog daily to keep up with how Luke was doing each day. When I read that he had gone on to be with the Lord, my heart sank and I felt horrible for you! However, I know that Luke is with God,and completely healed. I have a new baby and couldn't imagine losing her! Your faith in God through all of this has really impacted me, and allowed me to see that God can get us through anything. Your entire family will be in my prayers!!

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  29. As I sit here with tears coming down my face, I praise God for the lives that Little Luke touched. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Now there is a little Angel sitting on your Dad's lap, Benson. We love you all.

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  30. Benson & Krisen, I can't find words to express how sorry I am for you and your entire family. I can not begin to know what you must be going through, but always remember that your little Luke has made a TREMENDOUS difference in so many, many lives. I have no doubt that there were lives changed and souls saved just through your blogs and your faith in our Heavenly Father. I have always believed that we are all put on this earth for a specific reason and I feel this was Luke's purpose - to touch the lives of hundreds of people. And what an honor that is for Luke..most of us are fortunate to have a positive impact on ONE person, but just imagine the numbers of lives your baby touched!! Hold fast to your faith and continue to lean on Jesus. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart for allowing all of us to get to know Luke and to learn the true meaning of FAITH through your blogs. Love to you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  31. My heart is broken for you and your families. I praise God for the life and work he did and has yet to do through Luke. The ministry of Luke 1:37 will continue. I pray this will begin a revival of faith like this world has never seen before... Luke, we love you and we are forever changed by your short ...presence in our lives. You will live in our hearts forever.

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  32. Kristin and Benson,

    I cannot begin to express how much your beautiful family has touched so many of us on PICU. Several times today I spoke with fellow nurses who asked about your family and the one thread that ran through every conversation was your strength, courage, and faith. I will continue to hold you in my thoughts and prayers. It was an honor to care for you all.

    Lacie, PICU RN

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  33. Luke has Life Everlasting-The Promise of Our Father. He lives on Forver in the hearts of not only his Beautiful Mommy & Daddy, but in the hearts of any & all that have come to Know and Trust in the Depths of Our Glorious Father's Love & Peace that surpasses any and all understanding. In the short time He used this Beautiful and Fragile "Work of His Design", named Luke, His Spirit touched Multitudes in a way Father Knew that only Luke could....HE WALKED, "IN THE NAME OF JESUS"!

    Our Hearts, Thoughts, & Prayers are with ALL of you Today, Now & Forever...........

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  34. Benson and Kristin,

    My heart is breaking for you and the loss of baby Luke. Please know how many lives have been changed because of you and your amazing Luke. Your story, faith, strenght and love of God has touched thousands in ways you may never know. I pray for healing and comfort for you and your families.

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  35. First and foremost, I would like for you all to know how deeply your family has touched my heart. As a Christian, I found it easy to get discouraged, but reading through your entries, even this one, I found reasons why to keep the faith, why to keep on fighting, why to believe and why to love. To say that your and Benson's faith/dedication to Christ is PHENOMENAL, would be a complete understatement. In Luke's life here on earth, he touched millions of lives and beyond a shadow of a doubt, made a lasting impression. As hard as it may be to look at things from this perspective, he will always live on in our hearts; always. Prayers are continually going up for you all, your families and friends. I pray that God will craddle you all in his arms and rock you to sleep with a lullaby of Luke's laughter. Thank you all for sharing your and Luke's story and please know that God was glorified throughout this trial and that you all let your lights shine to a dark world. God Bless you all!
    "I've been through lonesome valleys, I've climbed the highest hills. I've known the joy of living, in the center of God's will. I've watched the angels come and take my loved ones home to stay; I've got MORE TO GO TO HEAVEN FOR THAN I HAD YESTERDAY."

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  36. My friend told me about your blog, the first time that i read any of it i burst into tears as i sat there and looked into my lil girls eyes, that had to be one of the hardest things that i've ever read in my life, your faith in god is unbelievable....i thought of luke and your family for days upon days and prayed for the lil' fella like i've never prayed before.He is now in the arms of the lord and is not suffering anymore...god love him!!! I will continue to hold you and your family in my prayers

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  37. Benson & Kristen: My heart breaks for your mourning~My heart sings for Luke's homecoming with our Lord, Jesus. How we can feel two separate and equally powerful feelings at the same time is beyond my comphrehension, but they do exist, and I do know them. I am so sorry that what I wished was not the will of the Lord~but Satan has been defeated. As loving Christian parents I know you guys will most certainly strive for that wonderful homecoming with Luke and our Lord Jesus, and what a beautiful setting for that wonderful rejoicing when you see Luke and Jesus. God bless you both. Thank you for your devotion to God.

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  38. Luke is precious in the site of the Lord and someday you will see him again, waiting for you at heaven's gate. Your faith has been a testimony to many and the Lord will will use Luke as a testimony to Him and praise to our Father in heaven who made him. Praying for you and your family that God will sustain you with His love and embrace you in His loving arms.
    Barbara Miles
    Hillsborough, NC

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  39. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that Luke has touched more lives in his few short days than most people have in their entire lives. I certainly know he has touched more people than I have. I have been following Luke's story since I read about it on Sarah's caring bridge page. My heart aches for you loss but I am so inspired by your unending love for you son and for not giving up on him. My continued thoughts are with you and your family.

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  40. I really and truly just don't know what to say. As I read your precious words written over the last several weeks...I just cried.

    When I was pregnant with my precious son Matthew, I prayed similar prayers--that the Lord would use his life in powerful ways and that if something *were* to go terribly wrong, we'd be able to give God the glory regardless and know that we were held.

    I prayed this prayer often...wearing ignorantly bliss rose-colored glasses and feeling that it was an easy prayer to make as I didn't believe something truly devastating was going to happen.

    So when it did...and our perfectly perfect and healthy son died in a very rare situation 8 hours after his birth...I can't say that I was as strong as you sweet souls are. Nor am I yet, 7 months later.

    But I have seen His mighty hand at work in very similar ways that you have and though I struggle, I am so very, very grateful for His faithfulness...in giving us Matthew, in making us parents (after desperately trying to be for over 10 years) and for never letting us go.

    You and your family will be lifted in my prayers today and in the many, many hard days to come.

    I am so, so sorry for the loss of your sweet baby boy.

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  41. I found out about Luke from a friend on facebook. I am praying for you and your families through this trying time. Thank you for sharing your faith and Lukes story with all of us.

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  42. Words cannot possibly ease the incredible pain of losing Luke. May the many prayers offered up on your behalf bring peace and comfort that truly is beyond our own human understanding. We know that "all things work for good to those who love the Lord and to those who are called according to His purpose" so we know beyond any shadow of a doubt that our loving Heavenly Father had a divine purpose for leading you all to this path. Praying for you as you make this journey.

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  43. You all are wonderful witnesses to our Lord and I cannot even imagine having the strength that you have shown through everything. I pray for you, your family, and friends during this incredibly difficult time. May God embrace you all in his love, and may Luke find rest in the arms of the angels.
    Rachel
    Nashville, TN

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  44. I am so so sorry to hear of this news. Your little baby boy has touched so many lives including mine. You both are such an inspiration and your lives are a witness to everyone you come in contact with. Baby Luke has allowed you to come in contact with people you would have never "met" otherwise. I know one day we will all see baby Luke again and I can't wait to sing with him one day in Heaven. Please know that mine and my family and friends prayers are still with you everyday.
    Love and Prayers,
    Stacey Wesley and Family

    Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

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  45. I don't even know what to say......I am so sorry. God bless you and your sweet angel. You make me want to be a better Christian and make me hug my baby alittle tighter.
    Love and Prayers for you and yours.

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  46. Praying for you durning this very sad time. The Tim Hale Family Monticello KY

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  47. I am truly sorry to hear about baby Luke. Your family has been such an inspiration to so many people. Your faith is so strong and I feel like Luke's short time here brought many people closer to our Heavenly Father. You know that Luke is in God's hands and you will someday see him again.
    My prayers are with you and your entire family in this difficult time of your lives.

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  48. I cannot begin to imagine how brokenhearted you both must be at this time. Although I never knew your baby, I grieve along with you. We do not know why these kinds of tragedies happen, but I do know that just as one of your previous posts said, God CHOSE the two of you to be Luke's parents. God never gives us more than we can handle, and you two are so strong! This blog alone has touched complete strangers, as well as acquaintances in your lives. Your faithfulness through one of life's most difficult situations has been an inspiration to many, especially those who had the opportunity to spend time with the two of you over the last several days. If nothing else ever came of Luke's life, you can rest assured knowing that you all have helped open the eyes of many people up to this point, and even in your grief, I am sure your faithfulness will continue to minister to those who come into contact with you. You have certainly been obedient and patient and faithful children of God when many would have turned their backs and given up with hearts full of bitterness.

    Your baby was beautiful and perfectly made. God chose to heal him in the most complete way, and now he rests with Jesus in perfect peace in paradise. You can rejoice in the fact that his suffering is over and he has already been rewarded for bearing his burden. He was a faithful little servant; even though he could not speak, he has spoken volumes. Luke has done so much ministry in the name of God already -- much more than many grown-ups do in their whole lives -- and you helped him! You have so much to be proud of.

    I hope you can take your time to grieve and allow this experience to bring the two of you closer to each other and closer to God. You will be in my prayers for many days to come, and you have made me take new joy in the many blessings in my own life, so thank you.

    May your hearts find peace,
    Ashley (Thomas) Garrett

    "Little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong!"

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  49. We are so sorry. Words cannot express. Your faith, courage and love are truly exceptionally inspirational. God bless you.
    The Sheridan Family

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  50. Benson and Kristin,

    I have been following yours and little Luke's journey since a couple of weeks before he was born. I've stood in awe of your strength and faith during those difficult times. I continue to be in awe of your faith in the Lord and how you've drawn closer to him even through Luke's homecoming.
    I've been praying for your family and will continue to do so, especially during these upcoming days, weeks, and months. May the mercy of our Almighty Father envelope you two and hold you close during this time.
    Blessings,
    Cassie Bradley from MI

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  51. Kristin and Benson,
    Your journey has been followed by more than you know and has touched that many more. You and your family are the strong group of people. Luke is in a better place for a reason we may never know. Whatever the future holds for you, I hope God's plan is great, you deserve the best.
    God Bless You.
    Heather Houk

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  52. Praising God for Luke's life and what it has meant and will continue to mean to so many people...you as his parents, his extended family, and so many more people. Praising God for your faith and boldness through this terrible storm in your life. The love of God is shining through you in ways that are sowing seeds that God will grow for many years to come. Praying for both of you for strength, peace, and endurance.

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  53. Just saw your news and my and my husband's heart aches so much for you and your family!! I will continue to pray for God to give you strength beyond measure in the coming days!!!

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  54. Dear Kristin and Benson,
    I've followed yours and Luke's story now for a couple weeks, and have been so inspired by your strength and faith. I'm so sorry for your loss, as a heart mommy to a 3 month old, I can imagine your pain. Your son touched so many hearts in just his short time on earth...
    You will be in our prayers.
    Nikole Haggren
    Bellingham, WA

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  55. "The Lord's loved ones are precious to Him. It grieves Him when they die." Psalms 116:15 (NLT)
    Benson and Kristin, My prayers are with you and yours. Although, Luke has gone on, his story has been sweetly planted in the hearts of so many people. Everyone who passes it on will be doing a work for the Kingdom and everyone who hears Luke's story will be blessed in the way that God intended. Luke's purpose will continue, as his story lives on. Donna Estes Brokamp/Sevierville, TN

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  56. Benson and Kristin,
    I pray for God's comfort for you and your family as only God can give through his grace. Luke's story will live on and now he is with his grandfather in heaven. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. My heart aches for your loss but rejoices also in knowing that Luke's life and death have touched so many lives for the Lord and that he is now with his heavenly Father. Blessings, Susan L, Lexington, KY

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  57. I am thinking of you and your family Benson and holiding you up in my prayers. Phil Hanna

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  58. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family! Your faith is a blessing to all who have seen this. The Glover family

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  59. your family is in my families thoughts and prayers! God will take care of you! We serve such an awesome God!
    Brittany Shoopman

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  60. Praying for you and Kristen! Our first sweet baby son, Caleb, died of HLHS 29 years ago. It still hurts, but God heals in different ways for all of us. I pray Kristen's empty arms will be filled soon but till then, I pray they will be filled with the heart and presence of Jesus in her life. Susan, Hillsboro, KS

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  61. Benson & Kristen,

    I am so sorry for your loss. We know heaven has gained another precious angel. I am sure little Luke has joined his grandpa in Heaven and both will forever watch over you. He now has a perfect little body and will suffer no more!
    My heart has been so heavy for you and your family.

    You have touched so many people's lives.

    Please let me know if I can help ease your pain in any way.

    Praying for a healing to you both.
    Tammy Franklin

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  62. Erin & David OrrJuly 10, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    There aren't words that are adequate enough to describe how sorry we are. Please know that you are in our prayers. We love you!

    David & Erin Orr

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  63. Saved Again..
    I have kept up with your blog.The strength and faith thru this have given me a new reason to believe again.. Luke's life touched so many, but it has touched me more than you guys will never know. My heart is heavy tonight for I can't imagine what you guys are going thru tonight.. Last night I redicated my life to the Lord and have you guys to help Thank for leading me down a road that I hadn't known before.My prayers are with you guys.. I can honestly say that now we all serve an awesome God together.

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  64. It will be 15 years this October that my precious little girl received her angel wings. I can truly say that I fill your pain and heartache. I want to thank you and your wife for the relationship and faith that you have in GOD. You all are such an inspiration. Little Luke touched my heart and the hearts of so many others. I kept up with his journey and prayed hard daily for Little Luke and your family. Thank you so much for sharing your little boy with the world. I pray that GOD wrap you in his arms and give you peace and comfort in this time. I know that our precious babies are in heaven rejoicing and playing together. GOD Bless you and your family.

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  65. Dear Benson and Kristin,

    Words seem so empty at a time like this. I can only say how sorry I am that you're going through this trial. Luke did indeed have a big impact for such a little man, given so little time.

    It was inspiring to me to be able to witness the love of Christ in that room last night. Powerful prayers. Powerful songs and the presence of the Holy Spirit. It was an honor to be able to worship with your friends and family.

    Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it. God bless you both.

    John Hynes
    His Photography

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  66. "So you just save a place for me, save a place for me, I'll be there soon, I'll be there soon; Save a place for me, save some grace for me; I'll be there soon, I'll be there"

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  67. David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves and he realized the child was dead. "Is the child dead?" he asked. "Yes," they replied, "he is dead."
    Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.
    His servants asked him, "Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!"
    He answered, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, 'Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live. But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.'"

    II Samuel 12: 19-23

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  68. Kristin---I have been in prayer for your family. I am sorry for your loss. I am praising God that He has been glorified through your witness. Keep your eyes on Jesus...He will see you through each day.
    ---Jennifer Graham

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  69. My heart is aching for your family. You are in my prayers constantly!

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  70. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your precious baby boy! You have told a beautiful story of his life and your faith. I will pray for your family's comfort and healing as you go forward.

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  71. There are no words that can ever be spoken to ease your pain. You both are such an amazing testimony to our God and you're continuously in my thoughts and prayers. Lord Jesus, we come to You on behalf of this heart broken mom and dad and their families. I know You have them wrapped safely and securely in Your arms and will be their comfort during this very difficult time. Comfort their hearts, their minds, their very beings. Give them peace and understanding that only You can provide them. Give them rest. In Jesus most Holy name I pray, Amen. You will continue to be in my prayers and in the prayers of many

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  72. So very sorry for your loss. I have followed Luke's story. I guess you could say it seemed as if he was my child also. You see Luke has the same birthday of my little girl. They also became angels on the same day 4 years apart.

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  73. Benson and family,
    I am SO sorry for your loss.
    My heart aches for you all--
    I know what it is like to loose someone close... as many know, I lost my dad in September. It has been the hardest thing that has ever happened to me... and it hurts every minute, still to this day. There is nothing that anyone (earthly) can say/do that will truly take the pain away... but the only comfort is that Luke will be waiting for you in heaven!

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  74. Kristen and Benson, I am so sorry for your loss of your precious little boy. My husband and I experienced 2 miscarriages in a few short months and I felt the journey was unbearable. Sharing your story you have touched so many lives. God definitely had a purpose for little Luke. May God's love shower you through this time. May you feel His loving arms wrapped around you.

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  75. Ben & Kristin-

    I learned of Baby Luke from my cousin and have been praying for him and the family. I just have received the news and I am so sorry. Your blogs have been such an inspiration. I have a 5 year old and his last name is Lucas. He commented that he would always remember Luke because they shared partly the same name. We will continue to keep you guys in our prayers. Jesus will keep his arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time and the long days ahead. Baby Luke is now free from all pain and bouncing around HEAVEN!

    Shannon Bennett
    Glasgow,KY

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  76. Your family made me pray again and I havent stopped since I found your blog. Sweet Luke is in a great place right now-don't forget that. As you continue through these next fews days always remember how many people across the country are holding you up right now.

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  77. I, like many, checked your blog throughout the day yesterday and this morning. I feared the worst. I realized Luke was at home with Jesus as I read through Thursday's later comments this afternoon. Thank you for sharing a very personal journey with me and the rest of the world. I honestly don't think I've ever been witnessed to by any person or event as I have by all three of you. Your experiences and the faith you've stood on are such a testimony to the Lord. I have no idea what you've been through or are facing. However, I do know that it makes me pause and appreciate the precious moments I have with my 2 little ones. On behalf of Luke and his very special parents, I will try and do that as long as I live. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your lives. May God comfort and continue to bless you as much as you have blessed us. Thanks for keeping us posted.

    Love and prayers, Angela (Snow) Sayers, Mt. Pleasant UMC

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  78. My family is so sorry for your loss of Baby Luke. I want to thank you for letting all of us share in your story. I don't know you but I will tell you that I have had a lot of personal time with God lately and it is something that I have been missing for a long time. Reading your post and seeing the faith that your both have is just beyond words. You will see baby Luke again one day and a celebration will be held for all. Baby Luke touched so many lives. We will be praying for you all and hoping for some peacefulness in your life now. God Bless you both.

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  79. Benson and Kristin I can not begin to tell you how much Luke has touch my heart and my life. Each time I prayed I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit like I had never before. God was using your family in such special ways to touch hundreds of people. As I look on facebook and see the profile pictures that say Luke 1:37 that is not even a fragment of the lives touched by such a blessing a baby Luke. As I have read your blog daily I have been inspired and encouraged as you both stayed true to faith and trusted in the Lord during this storm. I pray God continues to comfort you both and your families during this time but know your sons life was a blessing not only to you but to many. Your lives are also blessing. We serve a mighty God, the greatest comforter, and counselor. I pray he brings your family peace and much love
    Decolores

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  80. What a sweet baby, and what wonderful parents you are. I can't imagine how you all must be feeling. I have been praying for you daily, as best I know how. I hope that my faith continues to grow and leads me down the path your family is on! Reading your story encouraged me to hug my child a little longer and more often, pray a little harder and appreciate the MANY blessings that I have. God Bless you and see you through your journey. You have the courage, the strengeth and the Lord. You will make it!
    I hope that you find comfort in the fact that many people love all three of you very much and mourn this loss with you, though we have never met. I hope our paths cross again one day.

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  81. It is and has been an honor to pray for little Luke and his family. His short but amazing journey on this earth has brought a very needed unity to those that believe. I have a feeling his story and yours has only just begun to bring glory to our Lord. Luke's heart is whole now and I can just see him bouncing from one cloud to another. And how tickled he will be to converse with his friend Jesus on the finishing touches of his mom's and dad's mansion! Your story has touched me more than you can know. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you, all the days of your life. Linda T. Lancaster, Ky.

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  82. Benson and Kristen,
    I just wanted to say that in this most difficult of times that my family and my heart go out to you. I have been following your story through mutual Facebook friends and here on your blog. Your unwavering faith in Jesus will allow you to get through this most difficult of times. Many people will come to know the saving grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ because of the story of your little boy that you have shared with so many. Once again my family and my church family will continue to pray for you all. Luke 1:37 Ministries will continue to press on and many will know the Lord because of this. Once again many prayers for all.
    Jeremy and Trisha Hall
    and family.

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  83. Praying for our Father to cover you both in His love and comfort, today and everyday.

    In Christian love,
    Jennifer Hood
    Rockwall, TX

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  84. so heartbroken to hear this news. i will continue to pray for your family as you adjust to this. God has been glorified, and we will still praise Him!

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  85. God bless you and little Luke. May his sweet soul rest in peace. Your words throughout were so eloquent and touched my heart in so many ways. I'm so grateful for my kids and this is yet another reminder of how lucky I am to have them. Thank you for sharing the intimate moments of his short yet very meaningful life.

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  86. Benson and Kristin - I don't know you, but I've followed your blog daily. The story of your family and of Luke's life is absolutely beautiful. You have created an incredible legacy for your son... that will live on and on and on. I pray God's peace and comfort in the days ahead, and for the legacy and ministry of Luke to never end. Thank you for sharing his story with all of us.

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  87. Kristin & Benson,
    I learned of your loss late late last night. I could not do any thing by cry and pray and cry some more. My heart just breaks for you. I have cried tears over your precious little son nearly every time a read the blog and want you to know what a special gift he was to this world. Thank you for sharing him with us. His pictures are beautiful ... now he's resting in Heaven and he IS healed. I will continue to pray for the two of you and your family and many close friends. Luke's life and his story have touched thousands of people and brought people all around the world to their knees in prayer. To show such faith in your time of pain and hurting is totally amazing. Take care of each other and I pray that you feel God's loving arms as they embrace you...bringing comfort and healing to your coming days.

    Karen Husk

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  88. Kristen and Benson,
    You and baby Luke are such a testimony of how all of us should live as Christians. You all have shown me that in your darkest hours we are still to serve and Praise our God. Little Luke is resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior and his huge spirit will live on in the many lives he touched in his short time here on this earth. I cant imagine the pain you are feeling but I pray that you all and your family will have peace that surpasses all understanding. Also, thank you for sharing such an personal story with so many. Because of you, Kristen and Precious baby Luke I will strive daily to be a better Christian and serve our Lord as never before! Psalms 62:2 He alone is my rock and my salvation;he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

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  89. Benson & Kristin,
    My heart is so heavy for you. I am so sad that you are experiencing this pain and suffering. Luke was so beautiful, and he will never be forgotten. I have been blessed beyond words by your faith in the midst of your challenges and your grief. Thank you for sharing your story and your precious miracle with us all. May God comfort you and give you a peace that surpasses all understanding as you face the moments ahead.

    In Christian love,
    Ashlee Tomes
    ~ Mommy to London (HLHS 9/11/07 - 9/13/07)

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  90. Held
    By Natalie Grant

    Two months is too little
    They let him go
    They had no sudden healing
    To think that providence
    Would take a child from his mother
    While she prays, is appalling
    Who told us we'd be rescued
    What has changed and
    Why should we be saved from nightmares
    We're asking why this happens to us
    Who have died to live, it's unfair

    [Chorus]
    This is what it means to be held
    How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
    And you survive
    This is what it is to be loved and to know
    That the promise was when everything fell
    We'd be held

    This hand is bitterness
    We want to taste it and
    Let the hatred numb our sorrows
    The wise hand opens slowly
    To lilies of the valley and tomorrow

    [Chorus]
    This is what it means to be held
    How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
    And you survive
    This is what it is to be loved and to know
    That the promise was when everything fell
    We'd be held
    [Bridge]
    If hope is born of suffering
    If this is only the beginning
    Can we not wait, for one hour
    Watching for our savior
    [Chorus]
    This is what it means to be held
    How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
    And you survive
    This is what it is to be loved and to know
    That the promise was when everything fell
    We'd be held
    We'd be held

    This is what it is to be loved and to know
    That the promise was when everything fell
    We'd be held

    This is what it means to be held.....

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  91. Words can't express the sorrow I have in my heart for you. Many have said it and I will say it again... Know that Luke is happy, healthy and free of pain now. He is running in heaven with all his future brothers and sisters... Tellin them what amazing parents they will have one day. You will meet him again, until then u have one amazing angel looking down. You two are incredibly strong, thank you for sharing your story, it's changed the lives of thousands. I hope you continue your blog and we can follow along as Luke becomes a big brother! Stay strong in your faith together. Through all dark times, there is always light ahead! Prayers are with you. Much love from Cincinnati. Heart, Melanie

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  92. I have shared your blog the last week with friends in Iowa and we have shed tears each time we read your updates! We know Luke is healed and has no more pain and is an angel watching over you. I pray for courage and strength to help carry you thru the coming days and weeks. You have amazing families and you are so lucky to have them there with you. Praying for you still!
    Libby Bowen Kuehl

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  93. "An Angel with the book of life wrote down this baby's birth, and whispered as she closed the book, "too beautiful for earth"

    May God bless you both with peace in your hearts. I truely hope you know just how much your little guy meant to SOO many people. I think God is moving- and in order to get SO many people to listen, I feel, he knew it had to be thru a precious baby to get the attention of thousands. You both have shown more strength then I think any two people could have, and it is plain to see why God choose you to be Luke's parents. You will be in my prayers.

    Jennifer (Garner) Warinner

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  94. May your strength in spirit be a witness to God. May many people see his light in you, and want the same.
    May Christ give you peace and take away your suffering.

    As a parent, I can empathize. My love and heart goes out to your family.

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  95. Benson & Kristin, Like so many others, we are sorry for your loss of Little Luke. I can't even imagine your hurt. I admire your strength and faith as it has encouraged me. God is truly the keeper of our time here on earth, and we know that Luke is healed and is well. May God give you peace in this storm. Blessings, Margaret & Randy Conyers

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  96. Benson & Kristin, I've never lost a child and cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. I pray the Comforter will blanket you with His amazing love and mercy. Baby Luke's story has been an incredible testimony that has touched the world, and will never be forgotten. Thank you...thank you for your "steadfast" faith in the Father...thank you for sharing your story...thank you for allowing your precious family to be an inspiration to so many...just exactly what they needed at this time in their lives. What an impact your testimony has had and will continue to have. I am so thankful for the promise found in John 14:3 when Jesus said "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." You will see your son again! God bless...and God bless ♥ In His Love ♥ Pattie ~ Monticello, KY

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  97. You must be two very special people to have an angel bless your life if only for a short time.

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  98. My prayers are with you all that God will give comfort to you. I don't know you but have been blessed by knowing Luke's story. I pray that it will draw the two of you closer to each other and establish a bond that Satan can not break. I admire your faith and thank you for sharing that faith with all of us. Many prayers to you. Phyllis Price Wilcoxson

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  99. My heart goes out to you and your family, and my prayers continue to be said to help you through this time. Luke is well taken care of now, with our God, so he now longer needs my prayers. I prayer is for you both to get through this time, to laugh again soon, to continue to love, and to eventually have a baby you can hold...for you seem to be such wonderful, amazing, strong, Christians, I don't see how that can not be in your future. A friend wanted me to pass along two websites, as she lost her daughter in a plane crash several years back, so she is no stranger to the grief you are feeling:
    http://www.compassionatefriends.org/home.aspx
    http://www.bereavedparentsusa.org/
    God bless you!

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  100. Anonymous
    my heart goes out to you.I know it is killing you inside.But god had plans for him up in heaven today..But god will always do what's best. Dont ever give up.you are in everyones prayers.GOD BLESS LUKE IS ALWAYS IN THE BIBLE

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  101. Thank you so very much for sharing this extremely hard journey with all of us. Through your faith, hope and love and that precious beautiful little boy, lives have been forever changed all over this world. Rest assured, little Luke's story will never be forgotten and will continue to draw people to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your precious little angel has completed his work & now resides with our Heavenly Father; rest in that blessed assurance & peace. Praying God's very best for you both,
    Lori
    Campbellsville

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  102. I do not know you all personally but have read your blogs, prayed fervently, hoped, and now grieve along with you. Take comfort in knowing how many strangers your son's life has touched, as well as both of your strong faith in God through it all. I know that personally my spirit has been touched and I am going to try even harder to be the Christian, mother, daughter, and friend that I need to be. God Bless your entire family. May He grant you peace and comfort. R.I.P. baby Luke. You were loved and prayed for by so many people.

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  103. Your family has been continously on my mind for the past week. I have prayed so hard that God would heal you sweet baby boy. Even though he is no longer laying in your arms, He is completely healed. It has only been a little over a year ago that I prayed this same exact prayer for my own baby girl. She passed away the day she was born, only one day before her due date. The journey of losing a child is exhausting, trying, and heart breaking. However, just put all your faith in God and always be there for each other.There is light at the end of this dark tunnel. God Bless!

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  104. Kristin and Benson,

    My heart aches for you right now. I can not imagine the loss of a child. I pray that you find comfort in knowing that Luke is with the King of Kings. You two are loved by so many and Luke's story is an inspiration. Reading about your amazing faith has really pulled at my heartstrings. Luke has brought me closer to God. Luke has touched my life in ways that I never knew and I can't thank you enough for sharing his story. You are amazing parents and amazing Christians. I strive to have a faith like yours. Your family will be in my prayers. God Bless your sweet family!

    Love, Bonnie

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  105. Benson and Kristin,

    The pain your are feeling must be unbearable, and my sympathy goes out to both of you, I dont know either of you nor do you me but your story not only has touched me but im sure Lukes story will touch the lives and hearts of many. I do feel that some people that are lost and some that dont appreciate their families will have a change of heart. Please keep your faith and continue to spread little Luke's message, for it will change lives forever!! As the scripture of Luke 1:37 says "Nothing is Impossible with God!" I do believe that your beautiful baby boys message is just that, its possible to change lives forever and for even the smallest of children can touch strangers hearts and bring them close to the lord. Thought the pain is strong from his passing, rejoice that your son has fulfilled his mission from the lord god and is back home with him in heaven.

    God bless Luke and God bless Benson and Kristin in Jesus Christ name we pray Amen.

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  106. Benson and Kristin,

    Your faith is amazing and a wonderful witness. Luke will not be forgotten, he has touched so many. Thank you for sharing him with all of us! I think of him daily. I am praying for your family. May God give you peace and comfort as only he can. God bless you.

    Hollie Hedgespeth McHugh

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  107. i have not lost a child; so cannot know your loss......however, i have endured the heartbreak of watching a child have to suffer thru 3 heart surgeries; the last much much worse; and know the pain my child has experienced; i believe that our Lord knows what a person will have to suffer and sometimes mercifully takes a child home to prevent their additional suffering; i believe He has done that with your precious Luke.......

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  108. Benson and Kristin,
    My heart is sad of Lukes passing. But his life has touched so many people! I have never seen such great faith and strength as you two have!! My husband once had a newborn service, and he just did not know what to say to the family to help them...so he started singing "Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so, little ones to Him belong, we are weak, but HE is strong, Yes, Jesus Loves Me, Yes, Jesus Loves Me, Yes, Jesus Loves Me, the Bible tells me so" ppl jioned in and all sang the song.

    Your Faith, Your strength, Your story, and Lukes life has and will forever touch many!!!

    Isaiah 11:6...AND A LITTLE CHILD WILL LEAD THEM.

    May God Bless You All is my prayer!

    Kathy Ridge

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  109. Luke 1:37 Ministries is alive and will always proclaim and believe that "Nothing is Impossible with God!"

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  110. There are no words, just prayers for your family during this time. Your little man has touched us all. Thank you for sharing your amazing faith and his steadfast courage with all of us.

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  111. The story of your beautiful baby boy is truly heartbreaking. I have kept up with the story after someone at CU told me what was going on. I was praying alongside you all that Luke was going to pull through and I cannot imagine your loss now. You both are true inspirations and living witnesses of God's love and strength. Continue to be strong and know that we are all still praying for you through this difficult time.
    *Nothing is Impossible with God* Luke 1:37

    Katie Bryant

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  112. I first read about Luke on July 7th. I told my 3 year old daughter about him and showed her his picture. We were privileged to pray for him for three days. Today I told my daughter that Luke is in heaven with Jesus and he isn't sick anymore and there are no more tubes. I also told her that we need to pray for his mommy and daddy because they miss him and are very sad. She told me that she was sad too. Your faith and the way you expressed it on this blog has been a testimony of the greatness of God working through willing hearts. You truly did "come forth as gold" in this trial. I will always think of your Luke when I hear the name.

    O Rejoice in the Lord by Ron Hamilton

    God never moves without purpose or plan.
    When trying His servant and molding a man.

    Give thanks to the LORD, though your testing seems long.
    In darkness, He giveth a song.

    O REJOICE IN THE LORD!
    He makes no mistake.
    He knoweth the end of each path that I take!
    For when I am tried and purified,
    I shall come forth as gold.

    I could not see through the shadows ahead,
    So I looked at the cross of my Saviour instead.

    I bowed to the will of the Master that day,
    Then peace came, and tears fled away!

    Now I can see testing comes from above,
    God strengthens His children, and purges in love.

    My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
    Through purging, more fruit I will bear.

    O REJOICE IN THE LORD!
    He makes no mistake.
    He knoweth the end of each path that I take!
    For when I am tried and purified,
    I shall come forth as gold.

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  113. As a parent, my heart aches for you. As a Christian, my soul rejoices that Luke has joined our Heavenly Father and is completely healed. My prayers will continue to be with you and your family as you celebrate the time Luke was with you. May God grant you peace and comfort as you both move forward in your lives...never forgeting your little one.

    Charla Herider

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  114. I don't know you, but I grieve with you and pray for your family. You're right about Jesus being Lord no matter what--I truly admire your faith.

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  115. I do not know you all personally, but Rachel Moore is my Brother in laws sister. I am so sorry for you loss. We here in Cookeville, Tn have been praying for you all. I lost my husband almost one year ago to cancer. I have to small children and dont understand but I know that he is with GOD and watches over us. I will continue to pray for you all through this terriable loss. You will need strength through the Lord. Please know that many care and love your precious baby even though we did not know him. GOD will take care of him. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!! Christy Kolath

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  116. Benson & Kristin-
    I am sorry that I am stuck in TN when I would much rather be at the service for Luke. Please know that your entire family is in my prayers this week, and I have passed it on to my church so there are tons of people in Murfreesboro praying for you guys just as they were the last 2 weeks. Your faith during such a tough time has brought me to a better spot in my own faith. Luke touched so many lives in that manner. May God bless you and care for you during your mourning and the celebration of life service.
    God Bless,

    Patricia Breeding

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  117. Dear Kristin and Benson,
    Turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Look full in his wonderful face
    and the things of earth shall grow strangely dim
    In the light of his glory and grace.
    The day you meet your son in eternity will be the day your tears will all be washed away and
    what a day of rejoicing that will be!
    Know that your son touched thousands of lives and your testimony of faith reached all over the world. Today is the day I was introduced to your story from a contact on facebook. I don't know why after Luke's passing but know that I pray for you both and your family now.
    Your son's life was pure in it's testimony and God clearly had a purpose for the whole story. It touched me this morning as I read it and it has given me a newfound strength and faith. Thank you for sharing your family's journey.
    I pray you heal and go on to have more children to love. When you go to your eternal home you will have another baby to rock.
    My Mom lost a baby at 8 months into her pregnancy. She had no way of knowing anything was wrong because the Dr.'s did not have the technology of today. I think he had what your baby had from reading the death certificate. He lived 17 hours. Throughout life my Mom always said "Don't cry for me when I pass because I will have a baby to rock in heaven when I go". She had four more children. She is in heaven now rocking her baby boy. I am going soon to see his gravestone I have just had placed. Hold on to your precious Lord and Savior now. He cries out to you and holds you now.
    I will keep your family in my prayers now. Keep us updated on your family's progress. In reading your story I have come to love you all.
    A Texas Mom

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  118. Benson,
    I just heard about what happened and I read this blog and I'm moved so much by your unwaivering faith and you strenght through this, you and your family are in my prayers and I can honestly say that even thugh I never met him Luke's story has touched me and I appreciate that you are brave enough to share it with all of us. God Bless You and Your Wife and entire family.

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