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Hurt and Healing

One thing I love to do is take pictures of my kids.  I try to have my camera with me most of the time, and often have it out at home when they are just playing and having fun together.  This past week I have taken the time to look over a lot of pictures , and it has been so hard.  I see the way that they truly love one another and the light and life in Luke’s eyes~the personality,character, and depth that make him so special. 

The hurt I feel sometimes is so great, it’s  like I will never get past  knowing the pain that Luke has suffered.  As his mom, I just want to wrap my arms around him and make him better, but I can’t this time and that is so tough.  I do however know that God is holding Luke when I cannot and that He is always near to him.   I do believe that  God will piece me back together again the same as he is already doing for Luke, and I praise Him for that.  Yes, pictures are hard for me to see, but at the same time they are healing and bring me joy to see them and what is represented there. 

Prior to this accident, our life as a family was so much fun and such a joy.  Our house was full and busy but it was so good!  And I believe it will be again.  Ben and I have said that we do not have regrets about our family life~we truly cherish the time we have with our kids, all 3 are amazing to us!  So I just wanted to post some more pics of Luke and our life together, I hope you all can feel the joy through them just as I do.  Yesterday I  turned to Isaiah chapter 40 and I was again encouraged by the power and love of my Almighty God!

Lindsey

                                                      He tends to his flock like a shepherd:

Ben and Lindsey 17

He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;

he gently leads those that have young.

Isaiah 40:11

Ben and Lindsey 26Ben and Lindsey 12

Ben and Lindsey 7Ben and Lindsey 31DSC_0753Ben and Lindsey 8

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July 16, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

22 Comments »

  1. I live in Harrisonburg and just heard about Luke’s story… he is in my prayers, as are you and the rest of your family. Glad to hear he’s making progress!!

    Comment by Renee | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Your family is beautiful. I printed a picture of Luke from the pumpkin patch field trip and have it on my fridge. I love to see his smile. I know we will see it again soon. Our prayers are continually with you guys. God is working miracles!

    Comment by Julie Dinkel | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. Lindsey,

    your family is beautiful and we know the joy of parents watching their children grow especially in the Lord. Isaiah 40 – what a reminder of His love for His children, that gentle caring love of a Papa.
    May He grant you peace and strength to continue.

    Comment by David & Heather Shank and family | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. Lindsey~ What a good mom you are! How blessed your children are to have you are their mother. God chose you to be Luke’s mother for such a time as this and HE will give you the strength and courage to carry you through. You will be what Luke needs. HE will do as His Word promises and gently lead those/you who have young. Blessings to you today dear. May He sustain you today.

    Comment by Dawn Mast | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hi Lindsey,

    Love the pictures and your heart. Thank you to both you and Ben for sharing with us.

    I will be praying for healing of the trauma you’ve experienced. In time, He will meet you in the pain of the memories. I will continue to believe for this and all the other needs you all are facing.

    We will be donating to the Mt Crawford yard sale. It will be good for Christopher to be involved too.

    With love from the Watros’s

    PS Chris says to tell Luke he hit a homerun last night up in Broadway during a tournament game…and that they won the game.

    Comment by Wendy Watros | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  6. Your family is beautiful Lindsey-I am praying for all of you. I think of Luke so often during the day-he is about the same age as our youngest and so it hits hard. May God continue to keep you strong. You and Ben are such an example to me.
    Love, Tonya

    Comment by Tonya Brost | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  7. Awww, I love that little guy and appreciated the pictures you posted. Yes, his personality and character shine! As others have said, I thank you and Ben for pouring out your hearts and giving us the means to pray for you more specifically. We are certainly praying for healing for Luke, but also for you two. Lindsey, on the day of the accident, I was wearing the bracelet you made for me and I’ve been wearing it since. I put the “Pray 4 Luke” wristband on the same wrist…a constant reminder to pray for Luke and his parents. This morning I was reading Exodus 15. Wow! “Who is like you, O Lord? Majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders.” He delivered the Israelites and I have faith that the Yoders will experience His deliverance, too. Love to you all!

    Comment by Karen Barlow | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  8. Lindsey, thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures with us, I have always really admired your family and the closeness and happiness you all share. Luke has a beautiful beautiful smile, and I know you are looking forward to seeing that again soon. My heart has been so torn for you to go thru something such as this, our children are our worlds, and to see them in pain that we cant kiss and make go away is Im sure so, so hard. I am praying for you and Luke and the rest of the family, that God will continue to comfort and give you strength, and for Luke as they back off the sedatives. Praying for miracles!!

    Comment by Heidi Rhodes | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  9. So fun to see those pictures of Luke. Lindsey, praying that you and Ben will be the strength Luke needs during this time. And yes, God is holding Luke in his arms when you can’t. Praying constantly for all of you. Sydney asks on a daily basis how Luke is doing. We will get bracelets as a reminder to constantly lift you guys up in prayer.

    Comment by Ceci Gray | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  10. I was just washing some dishes, praying for Luke, and the chorus to “Praise you in this storm” by Casting Crowns just came to me. I’m sure you know it, but here’s the chorus:

    “And I’ll praise You in this storm
    and I will lift my hands
    for You are who You are
    no matter where I am
    and every tear I’ve cried
    You hold in Your hand
    You never left my side
    and though my heart is torn
    I will praise You in this storm.”

    I see you guys doing this and it blesses me so much. We’ll never know how many hearts are being changed because of your faith. Sheila is going to send us bracelets and we’ll be wearing them!!

    Melanie

    Comment by Melanie Martin | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  11. Thanks so much for sharing so much of yourselves (both Ben and Lindsey). As your aunt, Lindsey, I have always known how special you are and you are showing it even more now with your testimony and love for God. I also know how much your children mean to you and will continue to pray that your home will soon be full and busy once again. Luke is in the best hands (God’s) and the next best in yours and Ben’s. Tell Luke that we love him and are praying for him and all of you.

    Comment by Jolene Shue | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  12. We will be praying for Luke’s fever and for his surgery this evening (insertion of “G” tube). We will be praying that as Luke is coming off heavy sedation that he feels a peace that is calming and comforting to his entire being. That the fear he may feel not last because you (Ben & Lindsey) are there to comfort him with the comfort you have recieved this past week. Here is a scripture that came to me while typing this message!
    2 Corinthians 1:3&4 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 recieved from God.
    Shelley Kiser

    Comment by Matt, Shelley, Caleb & Trent Kiser | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  13. Lindsey,
    I cannot fathom what your heart feels right now. I am praying for you…He knows what you need when I don’t even know what to ask for. I love the photos and pray for the day when you will have your boy back home, making more memories. We picked up our bracelets today, so all my boys have a constant reminder to pray. As if we needed that, for you are ever on our minds.

    Love,
    Heather

    Comment by Baker Family | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  14. Thanks for sharing your pictures that is so awesome when you can get a glimpse of the family. I probably haven’t seen Ben and his bros. since they wer Lukes age. Probably when Uncle Freeman passed. God Bless

    Comment by Mary Helmuth | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  15. Lindsey… thanks so much for sharing the pics… we also have wonderful memories of smiles giggles and full blown laughter ..with your boys and I KNOW we will all have them again .. you hang on to those and you keep DECLARING GOD’s goodness and promises..so many lives are being touched by your openness and honesty and testimony, many many prayers for “our” Luke and all of you! love bill and deb and family!i seem to be the poster of words but all of our kids are fervently praying … ❤

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  16. You guys are amazing! I love you all and am in constant prayer for Luke and the family. I am preaching in Michigan this week-end so I will ask everyone to pray for Luke.

    Comment by Steve and Barb | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  17. As a mom, Lindsey – my heart aches for you and the pain you must be feeling. I only wish I could help you to wrap your hands around your little boy and make him all better. Even though I don’t know you, I’ve heard all about this story from my brother (who is getting a new house built by your brother-in-law Mike). Please know we are praying up here in Maine for you and will put little Luke in our book of prayers at our church this weekend. Our prayers will continue to be that God comforts you and Ben and your children everyday and that he takes care of Luke. Believe that although Luke may be “sleeping” right now, he is probably having the most amazing images of his family and friends in his mind and God is taking great care of him. Our prayers will continue for you and your family and we look forward to hearing the good news of Luke’s recovery – we believe it will happen!

    Comment by Megan, Pat & Cayleigh | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  18. I (Kris) love to sing and hear music–I have had a couple songs just keep coming to my mind when I think of Luke.

    Bigger than all my problems ,bigger than all my fears
    God is bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see
    Bigger than my confusion bigger than anything
    God is bigger than any mountain that i can or cannot see.

    another:
    My God is so BIG- so strong and so mighty
    thre’s nothing My GOD can not do
    God is so BIG so strong and so mighty
    there’s nothing my God can not do

    The mountains are his- the valleys are his
    the skies are his handy work too
    My God is so big -so strong and so mighty
    There’s NOTHING-My GOD cannot do!!!

    Hold this truth close to your heart! He is able to do any healing Luke needs!!!

    Comment by Richard and Kris Whetzel and family | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  19. Lindsey

    Greetings from Costa Rica. We are staying updated with Lukes progress. We pray for strength and peace for you and Ben at this time. I know as a parent how hard it is to see your children suffering and in pain. I know that you would take it on yourself if you could. We continue to pray for Lukes healing and patience for everyone as he is weaned off the meds. You are surrounded by love and prayer.

    Rhonda, Todd, Christopher, Madison , Paige

    Comment by Rhonda Smucker | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  20. Ben- lindsey,children- the pictures are so presous!- they speak volums.keep speaking life into Luke;read scripture;play soft music;it all will minister to his spirit and he will be able to hear you even if he can’t respond..I hope you will be able to comprehend how”much” Luke has been a minister of God to speak to all of us and bring familys together and cry out to God and seek His word-verses-songs-
    and to experience the presense of God around you and us all over the world..”For this child I prayed,and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him-Behold,children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward; like arrows in the hand of a worrior, so are the children of ones youth.-My heart trusted in Him, and i am helped..
    Be still and know that I am God-know that you all are loved and prayed for!!

    Comment by martha-andy yoder | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  21. Lindsey,
    I cannot even begin to imagine what it’s been like for you as a mother going through this time. As i’ve looked into the faces of my children, my sons especially, i think of you and my heart aches for you. We are praying for you and for ben and for luke and also for your other children. Seth, my youngest, is three and a half. Three years ago we went through some very difficult times with his eyes and his prognosis was always unknown. The responses from doctors were never definitives and basically, all the responses were “wait and see.” Would he lose his vision or not? How many surgeries would it be? Will our trips to the OR ever stop? Even now, each trip to Dr. Carter’s could result in an OR visit. I know none of this can even begin to compare to what you’re facing, yet God reminded me today of a verse He gave me to hold onto through those days and weeks and months and I feel like He wants me to share it with you. It’s John 9:3 and it says, “neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” How amazing is that! God is using extreme measures to display His awesome, mighty hand in Luke’s life, and He is shining like a beacon through your testimony. The answer to why this is happening right now may not be known, but know that God will display His work. God must have an incredible plan for Luke’s life. Thank you for sharing these moments you’re going through. I’m praying for you.
    Love,
    Dawn

    Comment by Dawn Keister | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  22. Mike and I are praying for Luke and for you and Ben every day!

    Comment by Karla Kanagy | July 17, 2009 | Reply


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