What He Left Behind

My son Luke, known by some as U.S. Marine Corps Major Luke Parker, left this earth on November 27, 2013, at the age of 45. He left behind love and memories in the hearts of friends and family. He also left behind: a spanking new truck with all the extras; a WWII Jeep he restored; a two-story house near the beach; a Stetson hat and western boots and apparel; one of the last 19 remaining Focke Wulf airplanes in the world (which crashed with him), and even the Bible he carried with him everywhere—a tattered and underlined Bible that sits next to me at my desk.

At age 45, after achieving the rank of Major in the USMC, graduating from Stephen F. Austin, learning to pilot an airplane, and fathering a lovely and intelligent daughter—Luke left it all behind. Unexpectedly. Unplanned. Abruptly. In the blink of an eye, Luke passed from earth to heaven taking with him only the spirit that God breathed into him at his conception.

I see commercials on TV begging for funds to help people who have been traumatized by covid 19 and the resulting lockdowns. These traumatized people don’t need money, they need the assurance that comes only from God; that we are strangers and pilgrims passing through this world on our way to an eternal life where there will be no illness, no death, no pain, no sorrow, no suffering, no lack of any good thing.

They need to look around them at everything they own and realize that it is temporary. When they leave this earth, it won’t go with them. They will leave it all behind—just like Luke did.

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13 thoughts on “What He Left Behind

  1. My heart and prayers go out to you dear Stephanie. Luke was special and lived so much life in those short years. I love that he always had his Bible with him. Thanks for sharing a little bit of him with the rest of us. Luke is an inspiration. Love and blessings to you.

  2. Thank you for your service, Luke. You also left behind a loving mother who will never forget you.

    Thank you, Stephanie. You also served in a way as the mother of a service man. What a wonderful memorial to his memory. It warms my heart to know I’ll meet him one day up in Glory.

    You are absolutely right about the need of people today. The number one need is faith in a loving Savior who gave His all so we don’t have to go to hell. Putting our trust in Jesus Christ is number one. Then having the faith that He will see us through everything we endure here on earth, including Covid. He expects us to do what we can to take care of ourselves, and He will do the rest.

    God bless you, Steph.

  3. It’s always harder for those left behind, Steph, but your faith will see you through every adversity, my friend. To lose your son, though, was the hardest thing you should ever have to endure. No mother should have to outlive her children. Thank heavens you have a lovely granddaughter as his legacy.

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