Ben Breedlove left this earth on Christmas night, and he received the greatest gift of all. He stood in the presence of his Lord and Savior and felt the peace that surpasses all understanding.
And then on Christmas night, he was able to return there for good. But Ben wasn't done sharing his message of peace and hope. At 1:00 am in the morning, his sister, Ally, discovered a video Ben had left behind; something he wanted the world to know.
Part 1) and (Part 2)", and Ben accomplished his mission. In less than 48 hours, the video was seen by over 220,000 people all over the U.S., and as far away as England and Australia. (UPDATE: As of Christmas Day, 2017, Ben's videos have now been seen by over 9.2 million people!) Major online news outlets picked up the story and it is still spreading like wildfire. Ben was a genius at using YouTube to reach and influence his peers, and I have to admit, the older generation could use some reminding, too.
Ben left a lasting impression and legacy far beyond his 18 years. It was a privilege to know and love Ben. He always brought a smile to my face, and a warm hug. And he taught me one last thing before he went to receive his rewards in heaven (and there will be many)---there's more than one way to prepare, and we should go about it diligently.
Today, I will be attending Ben's funeral, and giving thanks for the impact he is making on this Internet Generation. The church is expected to be filled with young people; all touched by the tender and heartfelt message Ben left them. It is a message we all need to hear. I celebrate your life, Ben, and mine will never be the same.
Exodus 23:20 "See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared."