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Today Lindsey and I went home for the first time since the accident. It’s almost been 3 weeks. My emotions were so mixed up. It was so tough to go home without Luke! It was obvious something was very wrong. Everywhere I looked I could picture him. Coming around the corner, walking up the stairs, running in the yard, filling the room with life. Seeing his smile and sparkling eyes. Most of all it was much quieter. Anyone who knows Luke, knows there’s no shortage of conversation when he’s around. Don’t get me wrong it was awesome to see Andrew and Maleah at home again, there was just someone missing. For example, when we rode bike there was one bike no one rode, same w/ the scooters, when we played ball the loudest one wasn’t there, when we ate dinner Luke wasn’t at the table. I’m sure you understand, it was very tough. That was the difficult part of the day.

The great part was getting to spend quality time with Andrew and Maleah. Spending time in a normal enviroment, and not at the hospital was special. For example, seeing the new bike Andrew got for his birthday and watching how well he rides it already. It was so good and comforting to see how Grandpa and Grandma Hochstetler are keeping normallcy in Andrew and Maleah’s life. (Grandma and Grandpa Hochstetler have moved into our house and are taking care of Andrew and Maleah with help from my parents and family. What a blessing!)

It was also exciting when we got back to KCRC. Jeff and Shea could hardly wait to tell us all they did with Luke. I know they had a real special time with Luke which Shea has already shared. Everyday Luke is progressing and we know prayer is the reason. KCRC is a wonderful place with wonderful people who are expecting Luke to make good progress. We know God has placed us here but we are expecting miraculous progress. Please continue to pray! We need as much prayer now as before. Pray that Luke’s eyes and spine ligament will continue to heal, pray that he will be able to talk and eat. Pray most of all that God will continue to heal Luke’s brain! Pray also that God will supernaturally comfort Luke through this very confusing and extremely difficult chapter of his life.

As of 7/25 Luke is still unable to say any words. We know he see’s things, we don’t know how well. He will continue to wear the halo for at least four more weeks, which is obviously very awkward and uncomfortable. He is unable to walk, stand, or sit up on his own. We ask that you continue to boldly lift Luke up in prayer! I also want to sincerely thank you for all the prayers! I know we would not be at this point in Luke’s recovery if it weren’t for everyone crying out to God on Luke’s behalf. Lindsey and I will never be able to express our appreciation!

-Ben

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July 25, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

11 Comments »

  1. You are in my prayers. God Bless you all!Children have always been a big part in my life, I just absolutely love children always have and always will.Life would be so dull without them.

    Comment by Mary Helmuth | July 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for this honest update Ben. You are still on our minds, every moment of every day. I printed a copy of the black and white photo of Luke to put on my fridge so I see his sweet face dozens of times each day. We are here for you, holding up your arms in battle, as Moses did for Aaron. Tell us when you’re weary so we can pray harder!!

    ~Heather

    Comment by Baker Family | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. WE ARE SO GLAD TO HERE THAT YOU HAD A CHANCE TO COME HOME, YEH GOD. IT IS WONDERFUL EACH DAY TO HERE A LITTLE MORE GOOD NEWS ABOUT LUKE’S RECOVERY, PRAISE TO THE LORD. WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP LUKE AND YOU ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. ZACH WANTED TO WRITE TO LUKE, HI LUKE HOPE YOU GET BETTER SOON CANT WAIT TILL I CAN SEE YOU.
    WE SEND OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS,
    COACH GENE, GAIL, ZACH, AND BRANDON

    Comment by Gail Smith | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. 100 xs a day, I lift you all up, in prayer–or more…. ;o) Continuing to do so, even now. As always, good to read another update and so thankful that you and Linds got to go home and spend time w/ A and M too.

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. Ben and Lindsey,

    we are so excited as we follow Luke’s progress! God has answered prayer in very expected ways. Thank you Lord. Lord, we also ask that you will give continuing peace and comfort to this family as you continue to answer prayer even if it is not in the way we expect. We leave them in your hands where they are blessed by you.

    Comment by David & Heather Shank | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hey guys I just wanted to let you know that pastor Randy, Jill and I gathered in the courtyard today after church and prayed for Luke. As we were praying I felt hands on my back. When we finished I turned around to see that others had gathered around us to join us in praying for Luke. These people hadn’t heard the story of Luke, I don’t even think they why we were praying. They just felt the need to gather around us and surround us in prayer. It was awesome. The title of todays word from pastor Randy was “Living in God’s will.” Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” God doesn’t reveal and layout his full detailed plans for us, but simply NEXT STEP plans that will stretch us and possibly test our faith. He calls us to be obedient and faithful in every aspect of our life. One verse that stuck out to me today comes from Jeremiah 32:27 “I am God, the God of everything. Is there anything I can’t do?” I was really encouraged today. Jill and I pray that the both of you will focus on God and the plans he has for your family. “our family”. We love you guys and can’t wait to be back with you all. We miss you Luke! I can’t believe you are going to be 8 tomorrow! Holy Cow!

    Love ya Buddy!

    Kelb

    Comment by Kelby | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  7. Glad you both had a good day with Andrew & Maleah. I am sure they were overjoyed to have mom & dad home for a little while. What a huge blessing to have parents that keep their days “normal.” We are continuing to lift you all up in our prayers. Sydney asks on a daily basis how Luke is doing.

    Comment by Ceci Gray | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  8. Ben and Lindsey,

    I am beck in Canada. Can’t believe I have been gone this entire time. I wish I could give you both a BIG hug! I love you guys and believe in you. I am asking everyone at this conference to pray daily for Luke. I used him as a miracle example in my message last night.

    Blessings,

    Steve

    Comment by Steve Wingfield | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  9. Ben & Lindsey,
    Glad to hear you had a chance to go home and spend some quality time w/ Andrew and Maleah. We praise God for the healing that has occurred already in Luke, but continue to pray for complete healing of him and restoration of your family. Love you guys.
    -Ryan

    Comment by Ryan Strite | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  10. Just sitting here thinking of Luke and remembering that tomorrow is a very special day – That sweet boy is turning 8!! I pray that his birthday is a day full of “ups”. I have to tell you that it blessed this teacher’s heart to hear that he could read. I always enjoyed listening to Luke read and am anxious to hear that again. We rejoice in all the progress, but have not ceased to keep praying for his continued healing. God bless you, Ben and Lindsay,for your steadfastness. Please give that boy a big birthday hug from Mrs. Barlow!! 🙂 We love you all!

    Comment by John and Karen Barlow | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  11. Ben and Lindsey,
    Our family continues to pray for each of you and Luke several times throughout the day. We are praising God for this beginnig healing and pray that He would continue to heal Luke’s body and give you each stength. As a parent I can’t imagine all you are going through and pray constantly for strength and comfort for you each day. My heart and prayers go out to you. In Christ, Jody and the Shippa family

    Comment by Jody Shippa | July 26, 2009 | Reply


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