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Luke rested well last night. Everything remained stable, praise God.  They’ve decided to slowly “wean” Luke off of sedation, emphasizing slowly.  They’re expecting it to take about three days to wean him off the sedation, but he will still get pain medication. Continue to pray for healing for Luke’s eyes and of course his brain.    Pray also that as he does wake up that he will not be afraid and the transition will be as smooth as possible. 

I don’t want anyone to misunderstand what I posted yesterday. I don’t have it all together. I don’t have things figured out. I don’t understand a lot of things. I have questions. For example, why does Luke have to go through this? Like I said before, I feel totally broken. I feel like Monday afternoon I was a vase that was knocked off a counter that hit a tile floor. I’ve been shattered, just small pieces. I’m asking God to take those pieces and do whatever he wants. A lot of things that were important before, just aren’t anymore. I was listening to my brother’s Ipod this morning, the song “Surrender all to You” came on, that’s where I’m at.

What I was trying to convey yesterday is no matter the circumstances, I will continue to serve God. Not because I always feel like it but because I have a personal relationship with his son Jesus Christ. Also because he is almighty God maker of heaven and earth, creator of all living things.

I have a lot of questions I don’t expect to get answered here on earth.



July 15, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Ben:
    You are so far ahead of many people in faith and wisdom. Just to know where to lean and where to place your faith is such an admirable place for you to be. So many people use this type of circumstance to blame God or they pull away from Him when they should be doing exactly the opposite. I admire you for placing yourself into God’s loving and caring hands. The fact that you can state this so clearly is proof to me that God is not only wish you, but He is speaking to us through you. You really rock in your faith!

    Comment by cindy hochstetler | July 15, 2009 | Reply

    • I meant to say God is “with” you, not “wish” you. Sorry!

      Comment by cindy hochstetler | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. Ben & Lindsey, we are standing in agreement with you all reguarding Luke in this time. We pray wisdon to the Drs. as they wean Luke off sedation, and continually pray for COMPLETE healing. I so admire your strength but know it is only through God that strength comes from. Stand firm in your faith and he will see you through. we love you all and wish we could do more.

    Comment by Bob & Fern Mullet | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  3. It was really hard for me to go back to work this morning. Like you said Ben, there are things that use to matter to me that don’t anymore. Then there are things we take for granted like family and our faith that we now hold tight to. It’s good to hear that Luke is resting well. I think about him and you and Lindsey constantly thought out the day. I have my UVA hat at my desk beside me. Every now and agian I will look over at it and smile. We talked last week about how we believe that God has a big plan for Luke’s life and that he isn’t finished with him yet. I believe God has already done a mighty work in Luke and has used him to draw us as a family closer together. I know people who are following Luke’s progress on a daily basis feel strengthened and have found new relationship with God. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do next! He is Awesome!

    ISAIAH 40:31

    Comment by Kelby | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  4. Ben,
    Thanks for being real, transparent and honest with us all. You must be worn out and the emotions are raw. I pray the gentle healing balm of Jesus to flow over you, Lindsey and your precious family. We will keep pressing in and praying for you…as long as it takes.


    Comment by Baker Family | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  5. You don’t know me personally, but I know Mike and Maretta and have been touched by your story. You have been an inspiration in your faithfulness to God through your journey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily. Wanted to share with you a small piece of my favorite verse…

    “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalms 23: 2-3

    May God restore your soul and give you peace during this time.

    Comment by Molly Whitmore | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  6. Just a note to let you know that Harrisonburg Mennonite Church is praying for Luke and the family. May you always find God’s grace to be sufficient.

    Ephesians 3:20

    Comment by Craig Maven | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  7. We know brokeness and we also “know” what follows it is glorious relationship with Him. We know the struggle of all the questions and you are right, they will not all have answers. But we found that hope and faith were more powerful and brought healing more than answers. Does He take time to answer and help us trust? Sure he does or we would not be able to handle it.
    One of my desires for my son who we thought we might lose about 2 years ago was that Father would impress upon him His great delight in him. My son, Matthew, is the same age as your Luke. Matthew is alive and well today and knows that God his Savior healed him and has him in His hands. Praise be to Christ Jesus!!

    Comment by David & Heather Shank and family | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  8. When I first heard of Luke being hurt it was like it happened to one of my children. I could not function that night. Only knowing Luke for last summer at baseball I could tell he was a special human being. We still pray daily for him and live with the hope that he will be back with us fully healed.We pray the lord will help your family through this and bring Luke back to us.

    Comment by jimmy wood | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  9. Ben,

    I understand you completely…3 yrs ago this November my husband was in a serious accident and flown to UVA as well. Our son at the time was just 5 months old. Although my husband’s injuries were not nearly as severe as Luke’s, I also struggled at times. I know Jesus Christ as my Lord & Saviour, however I would also ask why?? It was difficult at times to understand why this could happen to the man that I love & my best friend. I remember all the prayers that went out daily from myself & others. There were times when I could praise God with all my heart & other times when I questioned Him, too. Remember that God has a reason, you may not understand now what it is & why it had to happen to Luke who is so young, but some day God will help you understand.
    There are days when I see my husbands scars that I still sometimes ask God why, but then I remember all the miracles that came out of it & the testimony that we have for others who suffer as well. I’ll pray daily for the Lord to touch Luke & your family. Lean on those that are there & continue to trust in the Lord even when you don’t feel up to it. I’m praying for wisdom for you, your family & all the medical staff to know the best care for Luke.



    Comment by sarah campbell | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  10. Dear Ben,
    Thanks for sharing your heart with all of us who are praying for your precious boy. I too, as a parent, and someone who has seen your son in school at different times, felt the terrible sting of pain when I heard of the accident. It is hard to describe, but as mothers, parents, we can so easily relate, and I guess we don’t think about how precious and delicate life is, and we take so much for granted. My heart grieves with you, and your last two updates have encouraged me in my own walk with the Lord, that He will equip me with the ability to remain faithful even when I don’t understand what He is doing in my life and circumstances or those I love. (long story) But, we have seen God’s miraculous interventions more than once on behalf of our children, and I am praying that as He has already begun His healing work in Luke, He will continue to heal his body, and that He will comfort Luke, when the time comes that Luke is brought out of sedation. Nicholas continues to pray for Luke every night before bed. My mother, in Pennsylvania asked about your son, and she is praying too! I wish I could give you a hug of Christian fellowship, because that is what I felt, after reading your last updates. God bless you, Lindsey and all of your family. God is good. “His mercies are new every morning!”

    Comment by Carol Crabtree | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  11. Ben, don’t worry about being misunderstood. What was so wonderful about what you wrote yesterday was how you allowed yourself to be transparent and spoke from your heart. I believe God is working through you and through Luke. Although you feel like you are broken in a million pieces you are still a whole vessel to the Lord.

    Bonnie Smith

    Comment by Bonnie Smith | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  12. Ben, You are a strong person and it is showing in your leadership in your family. Writing down your thoughts as you have is a healer. God uses shatters vessels and makes something beautiful out of them again. We are so glad that Luke has such an amazing family there to help him get well.

    Lindsey also, has been so visibly strong in her entries and I also am marveling at her wisdom. This goes back to the parenting you both had from your parents. That is so wonderful to see.

    I am so praying that Luke would not be frightened as he wakes up. That has been heavy on my heart. I pray God will prepare his thoughts and carry him through. I know He will.

    Hug each other for us and know we are praying.

    Joe and Esther Byler

    Comment by Esther Byler | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  13. Ben and Lindsey,
    I miss you guys so much! Tell Luke I made him a card with a canary singing “You’re Powerful!” I will bring it up to VA in a couple weekends and hand deliver it to him!
    Love you,

    Comment by Hannah Yoder | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  14. We too pray for you and your family…. BUT mostly that God will give you your son back. Luke will have a road to travel, but these kids travel the bumps well that jump in the way.
    Luke will be OK.

    Comment by VIvian Burkholder | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  15. Hey guys,
    I was really down in the dumps today – it is so hard to be so far away from the two of you and especially Luke. It’s a good thing prayer can travel any distance! I was home by myself with Ella today and it was quiet and I had some time for prayer and reflection.

    Lindsey, I prayed for your struggles today (what you asked me to pray for) and as soon as I was done I got in the car and I heard Luke’s song on the radio!(I cried) I think that was God’s way of telling me that he heard my prayers and was working on you and healing Luke. He is amazing!

    Ben and Lindsey – you may not understand why this is happening right now. God may not even show you a year or 10 years from now, but whatever it is, IT IS GOOD! Hold near to Him and He will deliver you and your precious son! I know that God will continue to amaze you these next few days when the sedation slows down. I am excited for the miracles to come!!!

    Comment by Jill | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  16. Dear dear Ben and Lindsey, God has given you grace–and His grace will be sufficient for whatever the tomorrows will bring–as you wait and walk with Luke toward healing. I think that perhaps trusting God doesn’t mean we won’t doubt and question. The tears may run down our cheeks and our hearts be broken, but underneath all that emotion is the knowing that God is in control. He is good. And He WILL work this all together for our good and for His glory–regardless of how it may look. His words, not mine–and what we can lean on when the props are all knocked out from our lives.
    “The eternal God is your refuge. Underneath you are the everlasting arms.”
    Holding you up in prayer, Barbi

    Comment by Barb Borntrager | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  17. Ben and Lindsey,
    You may not even read this comment, but Lord willing you will see it and read it. I first met Steve Wingfield last week at a camp in Canada. The day before we were told about Luke I had asked Steve to meet with me and talk. We were going to meet after he spoke in the following days morning service. The day we were to talk is when he told the camp about Luke and asked us to pray. We meet after the service that day for only a few minutes. But they were minutes that God had pre-ordained. You see I had a car accident back in 2002, and received a traumatic brain injury. The doctors gave me little hope of surviving and then after I did survive for some time the doctors told my mother they would, and I quote “Try to give me some sort of quality of life.” It has now been over 6 years and I have a better life than I ever had before. I am married, have a 18 month old son, graduated college, and looking for the Lord to use me in what ever capacity he sees fit. I just wanted to write you and say that I and my wife and church are praying for you all. God is good and faithful, hold on to that truth.
    God Bless and stay strong,
    Darrick Lareva

    Comment by Darrick Lareva | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  18. Hello Ben & Lindsey & Family!
    We just wanted you to know that we are praying for Luke! And for you! We feel confident that you are in His hands and that is the best place to be!
    Love, Wynette, Brendan, Jeremiah, Benjamin, Samuel & Joanna Nolt

    Comment by Wynette | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  19. Today was a nice day in Chesapeake. A sunny day full of sunshine. I was busy going about my day. Working, taking mom to physical therapy, dinnner, enjoying my grandsons but in the midst of all of that I’m thinking I have to check on Luke. I’ll be praying for you all as they wean Luke off sedation. That his vision will be clear and his fear will be removed and healing will be noticed. May God be near to you.

    Comment by Bev Scaggs | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  20. Ben, Lindsey & Family,
    Where would we be without God’s Love, especially in times like this. Its comforting to know God is only a whisper away, he knows your heart. May His love continue to wash over you and Luke, as he continues to heal him. Your faith is a stronghold, and will see you through even the toughest of times. We are continuing to Pray for Luke’s healing, and we love you all. The blog has been so helpful, to keep up with Luke’s progress, thanks for sharing with us. I sure do miss having Betty here, but I know she is a great support for you. Sending our Love & Blessings, Jim & Dottie Shirk

    Comment by Jim & Dottie Shirk | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  21. Ben and Lindsey, you are never far from my thoughts and prayers. My prayer is that Luke’s eyes will focus and be clear as he awakes.
    God has a history of mightly using broken things in scripture–broken pitchers, broken ointment bottles, broken people. He is there with you in the lion’s den of pain even tho you cannot see Him. May His grace lift and carry you today.

    Comment by Barb Borntrager | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  22. Hey Lindsey and Ben, I have been thinking so much about you two and Luke! You are in my daily prayers and those in between! I just heard “This little light of mine” on Good Morning America and my thoughts went to your senior year Lindsey when we sang that song at MSEC. Which made me think of you andcheck your web site. Your lights are shining through. Your daily post encourage me with your stong faith and love in God. So many people would question and turn from the Lord and you two are just pressing on so strong and your lights are just beeming! I will continue to pray for you! God is good!
    Love and prayers, Jackie Mooring

    Comment by Jackie (Christner) Mooring | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  23. Praying!!!!!

    Comment by Mike, Pam & Erica Estes | July 16, 2009 | Reply

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