Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 9

Lucas remains in extremely critical condition. His blood pressure continues to drop and he had to start on a third pressure medicine last night. It would be easy to ask for prayer for his blood pressure, but honestly there is so much going on that it is really impossible to ask for prayer for specific things. At this point we can only ask for God's healing touch upon him. Continue to pray for knowledge, wisdom, skill, and compassion on the part of the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and many others who are caring for him. We are faced with some very difficult decisions... pray with us for God's guidance in all things.

We respectfully request no visitors to Lucas' room right now. He needs as little stimulation as possible. Please note that our own time is limited and our schedule unknown. But please, please keep praying for him. We don't want his friends to feel disconnected.

Please continue to lift up Spencer, Tina, and myself. We are in a dark place. Continue to pray for Sydney. She is there with us.

We love you. Thank you for your comments and scriptures and prayers. They encourage us.

God is good.


  1. Packing for Mexico; I leave tomorrow for a week, but sent you a snail-mail note today. Am praying, praying, praying!
    Much love,
    Betsy C.

  2. Keith and Sarah BolesJune 4, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    You are heavy on my mind and heart. Praying for all of you. Praying for some sign of healing or improvement today.
    Psalm 56:3 - What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

  3. Burnie,

    Words can't express the emotion that I know you, Tina, Spencer, & Sydney are faced with right now. I continue to pray for Lucas that he will find strength to come out of this battle stronger than ever! God is good and he works miracales and I know he is working on Lucas each minute that passes!! Stay strong as a family and keep your heads high, God is working in favor for all of you!

    Nikki Hairston
    Maplewood Family Practice

  4. We continue to pray at all hours of day and night. Praying with boldness and confidence.

  5. Burnie and Tina, you Spencer and Lucas are constantly in my heart and on my mind. We continue to pray for Lucas' healing and for the grief and pain that you are feeling to be lifted. I know you and I know that your faith is strong. Mine is too - I am believing God for a miracle.We are told to Praise God in all things. (Not necessarily for all things) God inhabits the praises of His people. Praise God!
    With faith, love and prayers,

  6. As God guided the Israelites out of Egypt & to the promised land again & again, His Sovereign Grace will help you too to persevere, press on & overcome these trying & dark days. As in the new Exodus in Isaiah 43:14-21, God makes a way in the sea. His Hand is at work through all the medical professionals' dedication, knowledge & inspired treatments. Press on through faith in Christ Jesus who leads!! [Philippns 3:12]

  7. Ted and Becky ClarkJune 4, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Burnie and Tina,
    We have been and continue to keep you all in our prayers.
    Ted and Becky Clark
    "The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea." Psalm 93:4

  8. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I know God has a miracle in store for Lucas and we need to be patient. Please stay strong and know that you are not alone.

  9. We are praying without ceasing. I hope you know how much you are all loved and can feel it helping to light up the dark.

    Susan L.

  10. Just know, you guys are loved. My heart has been heavy all day and my thoughts have been filled with love and many prayers along the way.

    We are all here for whatever you need.

    Joyce Mounce

  11. Your updates have given me so much solace through this difficult time. When I read what you write, it inspires me to talk to God. I don't normally do that. I hope that by bringing Him into my life, I can show the Lord how much Lucas means to me, and how important his work is in this world. I wish you all strength, compassion, and love.

  12. Scott Blue ( 4, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Bernie and Tina,
    Following your updates from Charleston,SC....constantly praying for a full recovery. Proud of you for staying strong and leaning on his power that is at work in all of us. God loves you and is in charge.
    Scott Blue - Honduras Team Member

  13. Burnie&family,
    Just want you to know you are in my prayers often. I praise God when I am reading the blogs you have written noting your dependence only on God & it is a blessing me. He is in control. Praise God, His grace is sufficent!!!
    Tina Bolton
    Maplewood Family Practice

  14. Burnie & Family,
    We are thinking about and praying for all of your family. Know that Lucas is in our thoughts, hearts and prayers and those of so many others.
    Michelle and Chris Clifton

  15. Burnie and Tina, We're with you in spirit and continue to lift you all up in prayer. We're so sorry that your journey includes this. It's more than any parent can bear. He is able, there is no darkness in Him. He is our Morning Star and He will once again rescue you from darkness. w/ tears and prayers Ger and Wendy Browne

  16. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.”- 1 Chronicles 29:11

    Burnie and Tina... this sucks. It just sucks worse than anything ever. and it sucks that we have such a limited view of time and space and reality and God himself. Our pain is real to him because Christ came and he intimately knows, KNOWS. Lucas is His. You are His.

    praying for you to know such tender grace and mercy tonight that you can rest.

  17. We are many...
    we are praying...
    we have not forgotten you...
    or our Warrior King Jesus!

    YOU give Light to the Littles' Lamp.
    Please, Abba Father...
    please Brighten the darkness around them.
    We know You can,
    we are desperate to ask this TONIGHT
    in the Strong Name of Jesus...
    WHO always Shines Bright!
    And Forever.
    Thank You, Father.
    Thank You, Lord.
    Thank You, Spirit.
    In this Great Love we pray!
    Amen and AMEN!!!

  18. i am still praying every night for you guys! i will always keep u in my dreams and in my prayers! i love u guys so very much and i am still praying!

  19. Our Church found out about Lucas through Betsy Christenson. We want you to know that Faith Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, SC, has been praying for all of you.
    We pray that "Jesus would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dewll in your hearts by faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length and depth, and height (of love)....and to know the love of Christ which passseth knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fulness of God." Eph 3:16-
    He is able to do exceedingly more that what we can ask or think...we leave Lucas in His good care.
    In our prayers, Beth Ragsdale