there is hope

What is your only comfort
in life and death?
That I am not my own,
but belong with body and soul,
both in life and in death,
to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood,
and has set me free
from all the power of the devil.
He also preserves me in such a way
that without the will of my heavenly Father
not a hair can fall from my head;
indeed, all things must work together
for my salvation. 8
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24 thoughts on “there is hope

  1. Sending love, prayers and hugs to you and your family from a fellow Forest Hills resident. Wishing you strength through this tragic time. Rest In Peace, Lucas.

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  2. Yes Melissa!!! There IS hope! A beautiful posting indeed! Print it out and tape it all over your house, car, etc! It will give you enormous strength!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your feelings, anger and thoughts in this blog. Jesus has your precious boy in His arms, though that doesn’t take away your pain. My heart aches for you, Melissa. You and your family are very close to me in constant prayers.

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  4. Amen I say to you. Keep her your head high, keep your emotions flowing and keep sharing. Sharing right now is such a gift for many. By our dying we are born to eternal life. Your sweet Lucas is dancing with Angels. I continue to pray for peace for you and your sweet family.

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  5. Melissa. We have never met. I do not know you. But I know you love your son. I am crying with you, praying for you, and am learning from you. Thank you for raw honesty. Your boy has the face of an angel. Love to you and your sweet family. You are teaching us to SLOW down in EVERY way. Kelly

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  6. Melissa, I don’t know you but I am a mom and a teacher in Forest Hiils and my heart just goes out to you. There is something about your story that compels me to reach out to you. I don’t usually feel this way in tragic situations like this, but your story has captured my heart. I am praying for your family. I’m praying for God’s grace to bring your family peace, strength, and love. I am so sorry for your loss. Faith is so powerful. I am praying for you.

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  7. I don’t live near you but I visit every month since my daughter and son in law and their two little sons do. I was at their house last week when that tragic accident happened and they have met your husband and Lucas and are all very saddened by your loss. Yesterday as I was taking my 4 year old grandson ice skating, we were reading signs and as we drove by St. Roberts church, he asked me what a saint was. I tried to explain in a way that he could understand as I told him that it’s a person who lives on this earth that has touched and helped many people in so many ways and are such good people that after they leave here God takes their soul straight to heaven since he needs them as his helpers. It was then that we both realized that there is a new saint and his name is Saint Lucas and we will pray to him when we need help.
    I can’t begin to understand the pain you are going through right now, but I understand your feeling of hopelessness. You see, this is the same little boy who never knew or never met his Grandpa because he died suddenly when his own mother was a 7 month old baby.
    I thought I would die myself on that day so many years ago when I received the news that my husband and daughters daddy was never coming home again and we would never see him again and the unborn baby I carried in my belly for the last three months would also never meet her daddy and know he was the kindest, most selfless and giving person I would ever know on this earth, just like your son Lucas.
    I can’t begin to know your pain and what you are going through but I pray you find comfort in knowing Lucas’s work will always continue in heaven as he watches over his loved ones every day.

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  8. I hope this brings some comfort – a facebook friend just shared this in a closed group I belong to:

    “Sad on the way to a funeral tonight, I heard this song. Perspective.”

    We are not alone
    We are more than flesh and bone
    What is seen will pass away
    What is not is going home
    You can lay me anywhere
    But just remember this
    When you lay me down to die
    I’ll open up my eyes on the skies I’ve never known
    In the place where I belong
    And I’ll realize His love is just another word for Home.
    I believe in the holy shores of uncreated light,
    I believe there is power in the blood,
    And all of the death that ever was,
    If you set it next to life
    I believe it would barely fill a cup…
    You can lay me anywhere
    But just remember this
    When you lay me down to die
    You lay me down to live.—Andrew Peterson

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  9. Melissa, Amen Amen Amen. I want to echo others and tell you to keep pouring out your emotions here as raw and authentic as they are. Lots of people reading/listening and knowing that this is so important for you now. We want you to know that we are holding you up, that there is a community that grieves heavily with you and loves you and your family. You don’t know me well at all, but I am Emma’s dad. Bryleigh and Emma had a few play dates over the last couple of years. Not recently because they are in different classes at ACS now, but the fact that Emma remembers Lucas when she saw him at your house, and says that she was “scared of him” a little bit because he was such a big teenager…but also that he was friendly and nice. You are part of our community family and this hits so close to home. Your husband Rich showed up to drop Bryleigh off once on a snow day, and drove his plow truck over in case we needed our driveway cleared. Such a super nice gesture, and I can’t imagine what he is going through also. I hurt so bad for you and Rich and your other four children who lost their wonderful big brother. No words can be adequate. Nothing can fill or completely repair this hole in your hearts. I do believe through the Lord and his promises to us that time will soften the bitter sting just enough to keep going. I believe that your personal faith will ensure that Jesus will carry you when you can’t walk on your own. And I believe that there is incredible power in prayer, and that all of these days you will feel the support of so many who are grieving for you. Brian

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  10. My heart aches for you. I don’t know you, but my friend/ former Cleveland neighbor posted your blog on FB and I was drawn to read it. Your son sounds so much like my oldest daughter- born with an old soul. . . too mature for his peers to appreciate or understand. I’ll bet he enjoyed hanging out with your friends and other adults more than kids his own age because he could identify more with them. Don’t ever doubt that your son’s life mattered. He sounded amazing in every way. We will never be able to understand why people are taken from us so young. It just doesn’t make sense. Writing this blog is more than cathartic for you, it is letting strangers and friends alike know more about how magnificent your son was. His legacy will continue because of you and the rest of his family telling stories about him. Friends of mine lost a daughter to brain cancer when she was just 7. She would have been a freshman in high school this year. Each year on her birthday, her parents take their 4 boys out of school (January 11th), and they go on a little trip to celebrate her life and her memory as a family. I know you have a tough road ahead. I pray that you have great strength, allow yourself to feel grief, take great joy in your children, and take pride in knowing you raised a wonderful young man that left a mark on many people. I will say a prayer for your son and your family tonight. Look for little signs from him. It will help get you through the tough times. Love to you. God Bless.

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  11. Melissa, we went to church together at Fifth a while back. My son Wyatt worked for Rich this summer and used to park his car in your driveway at times. He only met Lucas a few times, but said when he did talk with him, he seemed so grown up, much more mature than a usual 15 year old. He also said Rich talked about Lucas all the time. Wyatt said he adored him!! My heart aches for you all right now. I do not pretend to know anything of what you’re feeling. What I do know is that in my darkest moments, moments where I didn’t feel like I could go on, Jesus has carried me through. I pray you feel those prayers that are being said for you every moment of every day. Much love!

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  12. I wish that you could see the hallways of FHC today. The vast majority of the students are wearing blue today in memory of your wonderful, kind hearted, and sweet son. I’m a student here and I know I speak for the entire student body when I say that Lucas will be remembered and in our hearts forever.

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  13. Melissa,
    Even though we have never met, from one mother to another…I am praying for you and your family. I think about you daily. You have an army of friends, family and a community of people who are wrapping their arms around you all and lifting you up during this time. With deepest sympathy, Cara Ontiveros

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  14. Dear Melissa
    Please know that an aquaintance of your mom in Hudsonville is hurting with and praying for you and your family. So thankful for the faith you have displayed to get you through.

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  15. Dear Melissa and Family,
    You don’t know me, but your entire family has been in my prayers, since I learned of Lucas’ tragic accident last Fri.
    My grand-daughter, a year younger than Lucas, remembers him from school and how nice he was.
    Your loss in incomprehensible, but I believe that prayer will help you through it and I hope that you and your family can feel all the prayers and love being sent to you. Lucas will never be forgotten.

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  16. What faith through this pain! So sure of what you hope for- what we cannot see. Amazing that Lucas is seeing that now- Jesus and His presence. I am a FHPS teacher and I am reading your blog entries. May the life that Lucas is now living – give you peace. Thank your for opening your heart.

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