Hello friends. For the next week 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 Rachel Matuszewski, who served on the housekeeping (or "Towashie") crew with Luke at TimberWolf Lake. She seated front left on the couch in the photo.
I remember Luke telling our "Towashie" team, “I wouldn’t replace my cancer with the friends I have made from it." We were sharing the happy and crappy parts of our day, where Luke refused to have a crappy. In living out his favorite verse from Roman’s 8:18, the pain of Luke’s illness did not compare to the joy he brought everyone he touched through his perspective.
Yellow outfits. Rubix cubes. A deck of cards. A servant’s heart. In our month of service together on Work Crew, this is what Luke brought every single day with a smile. I don’t think I have ever owned anything yellow until I met Luke, but I can’t imagine him in any other color. He shined God’s light and the yellow reminds me of it. He spread the Lord’s love into every corner of Timber Wolf Lake, through his commitment to serving in Housekeeping and in sharing his deep faith. In presenting his cardboard testimony, Luke shared the truth of Christ’s promise. Broken on earth…made whole in heaven.
At the end of a long day, Luke was always up for a game. Any game. His shared his collection of diverse Rubix cubes with everyone, and could beat us with any deck of cards. He was incredibly smart while playing and incredibly patient (with me) while teaching. Regardless of how he was feeling, Luke’s joy was contagious.
When Luke’s dad first told us about Luke, I immediately thanked God for his servant’s heart. In a matter of weeks, Luke taught everyone on Work Crew what it meant to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He was always willing to serve with all the energy he had, and loved everyone as the Lord loves us. Luke taught us God is in everything. I remember him standing up after another week of camp had passed. Luke told us he saw God through being able to throw a Frisbee again. He taught us God is in every victory and lesson learned. Hundreds of kids saw Christ in one way or another this summer at camp. I think if they looked at Luke, they would know the kind of person Jesus calls us to be.
Luke, I love thinking about you "made whole in heaven". I love picturing you playing Frisbee, games, and standing with our Heavenly Father. You taught us so much about what it means to be a servant of God and to do His good work. I am so thankful for the amazing work you have done in our lives.
Thank you for everything,