Hello friends. For the next weeks we will be posting a series of tributes written in honor Luke. If you'd like to write or suggest a tribute, please let me know. This one was written by Aaron Porter.
So often since I got the news of Luke's passing, I have thought about the mission trip where I had the amazing opportunity to serve along side Luke. Before we went on the trip, James Granger had everyone who was going on the trip over to his house for a cookout. We were all gathered in the basement and talking about the upcoming trip. James asked us to share a bit about ourselves, including what name we preferred to be called. Luke said (jokingly, I think) that he preferred the name "Thunder." So...that is what we called him. Only he could get away with re-naming himself, "Thunder."
But that is just who Luke was. He was funny, he was charming, he was charismatic and he was definitely a friend to whoever met him. He connected so well (see photo) with the kids in Mexico. And he was GREAT at magic. I am still trying to figure out the magic tricks I watched him do in the lobby of Riverview. He was amazing.
Luke was these things and so much more. He was so strong in his faith and he was an inspiration to so many. I was (and continue to be) inspired by his strong faith. For someone who was about to have his leg amputated in his fight against cancer to have written Romans 8:18 on that leg ("For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us") inspires me in so many ways. Most importantly, it inspires me and it encourages me in my relationship with Jesus.
I will miss Luke and my heart aches for James and Laura, Jay and Sam. At the same time, I am comforted in knowing that he is in heaven with Jesus, completely healed and cancer-free.
We miss you Luke!