Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Hands

Please pray! Mike had a bad night last night and lost feeling in his hands. They are unsure if this is due to swelling or if it is permanent damage. Please pray that this is not permanent as Mike already has so little and doesn't need to loose more. The doctors are doing xrays to find out more.

Please Lord, let him keep his hands.

***Update***

We talked to the doctor today about Mike's new loss of feeling. Mike has reduced function in his hands and some loss of sensation in his upper chest. His hand movement is slow compared to what it used to be and he has lost much of his strength in his hands. After the x-rays, the doctor's told us that there is no new damage to the spinal cord and the reduced function is probably due to swelling. This makes them hopefull that what Mike lost today he will regain some time in the future. However, the doctor's did not seem to have a great idea of what actually happened to make Mike loose this sensation. Because there was no movement of the bones and no new damage, the surgury will almost certainly happen on Thursday.

131 comments:

Nancy Fish said...

Don't give up - we aren't! Sometimes you have to fight. You have a whole army behind you Mike.
With much love, Nancy

Anonymous said...

Mike,
We are trusting for you, we are fighting for you, we are standing with you, we are placing God's hands around your hands,...
Aunt Mary

Anonymous said...

Mike, today did I tell you that we love you? Praying hope into every corner of your room, every space within you - the fragrance of God to give you comfort, rest and peace.
Aunt Mary

Becky said...

Mike,
I can't even begin to imagine what your going through. It is amazing how strong you have been through all of this. I just wanted you to know that my parents and I are praying for you and your family. I know that we live a long way away but if there is anything we can do for you don't hesitate to ask. Hang in there,
Becky

DaveKerwin said...

praying for his arms and hands, peace

Apryl said...

Hey Mike,
You are constantly in my prayers. I pray that God would continue to give you faith, hope, and courage.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

I am amazed each time I hear the different ways in which you continue to be you during this time. The love, concern and care you have for those around you is amazing! You are such a blessing to everyone who has met you. And even to those who haven't, but are learning, through reading this blog, what an amazing guy you are. :) I know we haven't spent all that much time together, but you definitely made me laugh and smile anytime I did see you. Be encouraged and know that I and many other people will continue to keep you in our prayers.

Apryl

michael said...

I woke up last night and prayed for you Mike. God keeps urging me to, and I will continue. You are loved and thought of and prayed for often!

Anonymous said...

Mike,

We're thinking of you Mike. Keep up the hope.

Pat Meyer

P.S. Take it easy on those nurses!!!

Anonymous said...

Hang-in there sweetie!!
I even have my mom praying for you in New Brunswick!!
Much love,
Rona (Ms. MacEachern)

jim booth said...

Words fail, Mike, but God doesn't... There is a wall of prayer surrounding you, and I know that all of your friends and family keeping in touch through this blog will keep that wall up until you leave that bed. God Bless! jim

lisa said...

Two versus came to mind this morning for you Mike:

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
Isaiah 58: 8-9

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24

May you feel the Lord’s hands surround you in healing love and may you hear the pleasant words of prayer which so many speak for you.

Lisa in Crossfield

Pat said...

Dude,
I am prayin for you man. With God's help you can make it through all of this!

Peace,
Pat

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,
we heard what happened to you from Ms.MacEachern and we want you to know that we are praying for you. Hope you get well soon and keep smiling.

-Ms.Mac's Social 20 Class

CADIEUX KID said...

hey Mike, just wanted to let you know that Unity Baptist Church in Red Deer is praying for you daily. Since I shared with our church your story, I have had dozens of people from our church come to me for updates and prayer requests. We are all family in Christ and are praying for you constantly.

joel cadieux & family

Jill said...

Hi Mike,

Jill from Matt's small group again. There is now a congregation in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan praying for you, and I as well continue to do so.

Jill

Julianna said...

Still praying!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike

You are on my mind all the time. And your whole family. We send our love and hope for the best for you.

There are lots of tears and hope for you here in Smoky Lake. You found a place in our hearts when you were three and you remain there.

Love, Mrs. Shirley

PS. Thanks for making Aaron comfortable - he wants to be there for you but does not know how.

Apryl said...

You now have a group of people down in San Jose, Costa Rica praying for you Mike! You're going to be world famous! ;)

Apryl

Tyler F. Williams said...

Hey Mike,

I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and your family. I am an old friend of Brian and Petra's and a prof at Taylor University College (so I know Steve and Lori, Matt, and Zack).

I have also posted a prayer request for you on my blog and have informed Taylor faculty and staff.

May God grant you peace and strength and heal your body.

-Tyler

Anonymous said...

We keep praying, hoping and crying with you. The LLB Wickers Jr.
We sent something to you on your parents e-mail

tessa said...

Hi Mike,

Tessa here missing you very much here at home in Lac La Biche. My family and i just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I miss you Mike and hope to come in and see you very soon. When i do get there you are going to have to let me know if prison break is worth watching. Wednesday's just are not the same without you buddy.
Love you, Tessa

Anonymous said...

All I can say is an echo of Steve's words,
God, let him keep his hands

In Christ,

Britney in MI

Anonymous said...

good afternoon mike i read what had happend to your hands and i just said and prayer for you and your hands and along with the rest of your body hang in there buddy and to bring your spirt up i bought you a early bday gift and i hope to give it to ya soon, take care hottie

sherraz moghrabi

Anonymous said...

God has been so amazing in throughout this whole week, and I know he will continue to be there through it all. Prayers to you and the Barker family, Britney

Anonymous said...

Michael,

This is Emily, your cousin thomas' girlfriend from Vancouver.
Ever since I heard about your accent I have been praying so hard. so often. so deliberately.
Today, especially, I have been praying for your hands. "Lord, please give michael his hands..."
I know that the Lord is faithful
and I know he hears the cries of his people.
I also know that his answers are not always what we are anticipating. (but that they are always best)

Your courage and strength astounds me- as does the perseverance and faith and hope of all those surrounding you.
You are being held by such loving arms, and uplifted by countless hearts.

this is part of my journal entry from May 19th....
I remember that I was sitting at my kitchen table as I wrote to God, on your behalf.

"God, I give you Michael,
Confident that you hear all of our prayers however small or silent.
Please help him to feel your presence.
Grant him peace that transcends all understanding.
Relieve his pain Lord, and ease the pain of those around him.
Bless the doctors and nurses, the medication, the machines...
may they work towards your glory.
Heal his body Lord.
Renew it to whatever state you desire Lord.
Help us to accept whatever that may be."


Within our darkest night he kindles a fire that never dies away.
Never dies away.

I pray for light
in you
around you
radiating out of you

amen.
so be it.

blessing and prayers,
you are so very very loved.

Emily Parsons

debra said...

I just heard about Mike's situation. I went to NABC same time as Steve & Lori.

Definately praying here in Puyallup, WA.

Debra Bauslaugh

AndreaJ said...

Mike,

You don't really know me (another stranger), but we do share an Aunt & Uncle (Mary & Tim), and I have to admit that I am guilty of stealing attention from your grandparents (Dickau) as well - I think we may have met at their anniversary celebration.

Aunt Mary sent an email last week when all of this happened to ask us all for prayers and blessings upon you. Although you probably have no idea who I am, The Dickau Family Circle (Barker's included) has meant the world to me and my family through the years. The news of your accident struck me as though you were a part of my own family. I have been praying for you since I heard.

What a great idea for your brothers to keep us posted with this blog. Thank you. You have allowed us to see the great things that the Lord can do when we pray. Everything from a Booster Juice to giving you and your family strength to stay positive and faithful through these trials - they are each blessings.

You have a lot of people praying for you Mike - people you've never met, some you never will meet - but we all care for you.

I pray that the Lord will soothe your pain; that He will ease your worries. I pray that your body will be mended through the healing power of His Love. I pray that you will be strong to face your surgery on Thursday. I pray that you will be surrounded with the Love of the Lord and that through His grace He may grant you peace.

He has a plan for you; He knew each step you would take long before anyone else even thought of you. This is all a part of His plan - and His plan will become clearer to you in time. Rest assured that God is working right now; He is there with you - ALWAYS. Ask Him, pray to Him, cry out to Him - He will not let you down. Through Him all things are possible!

God Bless!

Andrea Evans

Anonymous said...

My wife and I are thinking about you lots. I'm sure there will be better days ahead. If anyone can turn a situation like yours into a success story, it'd be you.
Remember that your strength has always been to make people smile, even when they were trying not to (like in Biology class when you wouldn't do your work.) As long as you have your smile, everything will work out for you.
-Mr. Parsons

lou said...

Mike,
you dont know me but after reading this blog, comments and all i feel as though i know you... my name is gina-louise and i work with your brother steve at storm and revolution...when i heard of your accident i was in utter shock and to this point i still don't know exactally what to say but what first came to mind was steve's saying to the kids at storm. he would say 'God is good' and no matter when he said it or where they were the kids would yell in response 'all the time.' so i say to you God is good....all the time and all the time God is good.... God can do anything...i mean ANYTHING...and you know what.. i have a little story for you to show the power of prayer and the power that God has... my cousin just had a baby a couple months ago and when he was delieverd everything was fine, and was perfect for a few weeks. but one day he started to turn blue. so they brought him into the hospital and they did an ultrasound of his heart and discovered that the largest artery and vein inside his heart were combined. which is VERY bad...this poor 3 week old perfect little boy was going to need 5 surgeries to fix the problem...my cousin brought the situation to their church and they prayed continually...he was going in for his check-up before the surgery two weeks later and the doctors were STUMPED...his heart was perfect again it was fixed without a single surgery...the doctors had no way of explaining it but a miracle....in the doctors' 50 years of combined expierence they had never seen anything like this before. i tell you this story to give you hope, which you probably already have, but the hope that God will make this better for you... but also to tell you that i, my family, and my cousin and her family are all praying for you...God loves you mike! never forget that....his arms are around you right now as you are reading this...he feels your pain and is right along side of you and will be forever...
your sister in Christ
gina-louise
P.S. i love the pictures you guys put up...they are awesome!

Anonymous said...

Mike and Family,

My thoughts are with you all. I will pray for your strength.

Denise MacEachern Hutchings

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm one of Ms. MacEachern's Social 20 students. She started crying in class over you, and I thought it would be nice to say hi, you sound like an amazing person and I'm sure with all the love you have around you, you'll pull through just fine. :)

Pat said...

Prayin you are doin better as the day goes by man.

Peace dude,
Pat

Sheryl Giesbrecht said...

Hey Mike; I had written this morning -my comment is under "Don't Stop" and then I read today's report.So just want you to know that I am praying for your hands.
The Lord has given me another song...God says...Be still and know that I am God.
I am the Lord that healeth thee..I AM THE LORD THAT HEALETH THEE.

and the church of Christ and all of your friends say... In THEE OH Lord I put my trust, IN THEE OH LORD I PUT MY TRUST!
We WIll trust in the power of the Lord for restoration of your hands and have the faith and hope for so much more.
With love, remember you are so close to my heart and always in my prayers. Sheryl

Anonymous said...

Mike,
My name is Kristy Lefever, I'm in Steve's small group in Michigan. I want you to know my entire family (which is about 15 people) is praying for you. I've witnessed first hand the power of prayer (Steve can fill you in on the Emma story), and it can overcome anything! We have an awesome God, and he is right there with you!
You'll be in our continued prayers.
Kristy, Sean, & Emma Lefever

Anonymous said...

Mike,
I've been praying and will keep praying! Stay hopeful and keep smiling!
Get well soon
Jessica Gaberel

Chenee Seifert said...

Chenee Seifert says....."Get better Micheal and trust in God. He has a plan for everyone and remember everything happens for a reason. Have faith in him and he will keep you strong. We are all praying for you."

Anonymous said...

Brothers and sisters around the world are praying for you, Michael... people in England, the US, Romania, Thailand, Hungary to name but a few.

We are standing on the watchtower for you and your family. In Christ, we will stand guard over you and draw a shield about you.

The pure truth of love will not be pierced by shadows.

Rest well tonight. Erin Thomas

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,

Hang in there and keep strong. Miss Ya Lots!

Nadine and Madina

Allie said...

Hey Mike,
Although I've never met you, I've heard from many people what an enjoyable person you are. And when I heard what happened I couldn't even begin to imagine how scary it must be for you. I hope that you recover from all your injuries and continue to lead the life that I'm sure has left a place in many hearts. I am praying for you.

Allie

Anonymous said...

You don't really know me, but after hearing all of JAWS talking it feels like everyone knows you. You've got the whole school behind you! No one can believe that such a horrible thing could happen to such a great guy, but their all praying for you. After having piano lessons with your mom, I feel like I can't help but know you. She talks about you alot and she's really proud of you.
Praying for you, Leslie

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,
So I tried to write you a message as soon as I heard about the accident but I must be computer illetierate (i cant spell either!) cuz it wouldnt work so then i got mad at my computer but i have forgiven it now so what i wanted to tell you was that your an amazing person and you can always make people laff. Because of this you have so many people who care for you and are praying for you. I hope for nothing but the best in your recovery and in the furture. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Kristen Shewchuk

-DeVo- said...

Mike,
keep up the fight buddy, I've known you long enough to know that there is nothing in this world that can hold you back. (if only i could be so determined). My thoughts will be with you for your upcoming surgury and my family sends thier support as well. Best wishes friend, see you soon :)

Devon

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike! Hope you start feeling better soon. I honestly think the entire JAWS is praying and hoping the best for you and your family. I KNOW you have been so strong and I truly admire that. Stay strong and don't give up! I pray that the use of your hands will NOT be taken away from you! My family and I have been thinking about you constantly!
Trista Tesolin

David b said...

Mike

Just letting you know that I'm always thinking/praying for you, and that I hope your hands, as with the rest of your body, heals up asap.

David

Tim Plamondon said...

Hey mike

Keep going!!!

we dedicated 'The best of you' (no not a foo-fighters cover ;) to you at our show at reds.

you are in all of our thoughts constantly.

get better soon

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,

Sending my prayers to the Barker family. Mike, so many are praying from all over. I've seen comments from Oregon, Alberta, Edmonton (oops Edmonton is in Alberta--sorry not so hot on the Canadian geography lol), your high school, Vancouver, Camrose, Nashville Tennessee, Romania, Thailand, Hungary (these people's locations when praying are starting to sound like an international salad) England, India, London Canada, Puyallup Pennsylvania, Trinidad and Tobago, Crossfield, Ontario, Taylor university in Indiana (my friend calls it the hick town with one restaurant and a nameless grocery store.) Not to mention all of us at Grace cc praying for you, and all my fellow church goers who live north of Detroit- like the Johnson’s, Harrison township and my family. You have been amazingly upbeat and I pray the loss of feeling in your hands is only temporary. God will do a miracle.

God NEVER fails.

NEVER lose hope.

NEVER lose sight of the Savior

Let ‘NEVER’ remind you of the king of kings who is smiling right now from the High throne. You are a child of God... never forget that. One of the verses that I feel summarizes my life is Isaiah 40:31. "They that wait upon the LORD will renew their strength. They will Soar on wings like eagles; they will RUN and never grow weary, they will walk and Never be faint." Never weak again, live strong, brother.

Hebrews 12: 1-3

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us...run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the JOY set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you WILL NOT grow weary and lose heart."

I'm praying for your Thursday surgery too.
Love in Christ,

Britney in MI
: )
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*~<: )
*~<: )

Anonymous said...

mike,
i am glad to hear that what you lost today you will probably regain in the near future and this is just a little set back it and i know you and you will spring back real soon. miss ya buddy

sherraz

Nancy said...

It was a good update Mike.

Anonymous said...

Hey Michael & Family,

We don't know each other well, but I do know that you mean the world to your friends Mike. Rashel and Ash have been keeping me informed of your situation daily to the best of their knowledge. Just wanted you to know that my family has been thinking about all of you since we heard. Always remember, (as quoted by you and Sherraz...)

"If you need us, call us
No matter where you are
No matter how far
Just call our names
We'll be there in a hurry
You don't have to worry
'Cause baby,
There ain't no mountain high enough
Ain't no valley low enough
Ain't no river wide enough
To keep us from getting to you..."

Take care,
Candice Ulliac & Family

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike....was just thinking today about that funny video we have with you and Leanne and how she glared at you for taking her orange. And about lots of other good times we have had as a family...all the family picnics. Keep all those good and fun memories not far from you and know that all of us .. in this family are behind you in prayer . love you auntie Julene

ivette alexander said...

mike, We are thinking of you, praying for you and believing a miracle. Talked to Aunt Julene today and she told me some of your humor is shining through. You are so very courageous and strong. Brenda, Neil, Steve, Matt we are behind all of you, praying for strength, comfort. You are a very special family and it sure shows. Ivette,Tim and the gang.

Pat said...

Dude have a better night tonight man.

Peace,
Pat

Kirra said...

hey mike its kirra again
just 2 let u know im still praying 4 u. ur number 1 on my prayer list.
all my friends are praying 4 u aswell. God bless you.
Kirra

jill and vic toutant said...

Michael, You might not know us by name but we are your parents neighbors. We heard about your accident and you have been on our minds ever since.

Stay strong, you have a wonderful family and great friends that are there for you.

If you need a chuckle, ask your dad why he almost paid $100 not to have a goat in the sub-division.

Thinking of you and praying for you!

Anonymous said...

Mike and family,

I can't imagine what you and your family are going through this past week. I want to say how sorry I am to be hearing about your hand, well frankly about the whole situation. But knowing that it's a good chance your hands will come back, it HUGE. It gives you something to look forward too.

I can't think of another person who will make it through these rough times like you will Mike. You are so full of energy and life, that before you know it, you will be back out there flirting with the ladies.

Just remember, when you pick a flower, you only pick the best. This is was God does. Don't be mad at Him. He has picked you, because He knows that this will only be a minor bump in the road, that you will go on living life carefree

You and your family are in our thoughts.

Mandi Bateman

Juli Knofler said...

Mike,
I am still praying for you and thinking of you often.
Love, Juli

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,
I heard you weren't having the best day, but don't forget that we are all still praying. Mike, Chelsey is coming home tonight! I know that will cheer you up...maybe she will actually have a tan. Get more strength in your hands so you can keep up your interperative dancing.
Love: Ash
P.S.-You've had 55 comments in just this one blog entry...you're so popular.

The Seiferts said...

Hey Mike - We are your neighbours in Holowachucks, The Seiferts
We are all praying for you and your family.. God works in mysterious ways and we know that things will get better everyday. Trust in God and don't give up.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mike,

Wow I cannot believe how many people have commented on this one blog entry. What is it up to 56?? You are sure popular!!!

I just wanted to let you know that this blog isn't the only place where people are commenting on you and spreading news to pray. My entire church is praying for you and I've recieved 5 texts to pray for you.

You have a TON of people standing behind you, if you feel like you're going to fall lean back on us and we'll push you back up. You guys are on my mind all the time and we are all still praying for you, God will pull you through this, hold tight.

Natalie Cloutier

Jamie and Shane Koerner said...

Mike,

since we heard about the incident you have constantly been in our thoughts and prayers. everyone is fighting for you and hoping that the use of your hands is not lost. You are greatt guy and we hope you get better soon. Keep smiling Mike!

Trust in god and hang in there

Jamie and Shane Koerner

Don and Lynne said...

Hi Michael
Evan and I appreciated seeing you on Monday. Your welcoming spirit and you and your family's strong faith was an inspiration to us. We continue to think of you and pray often for you.
Don Lynne and Evan
P.S. to the brothers
thanks for keeping us so well updated on Michael's progress

Anonymous said...

hey mike, just got word of wat happened, and truth be told, it hurts to hear this.

i remember u as being the guy who made people laugh, and the rest jelous (and i dont think that'll change. lol)

ur spirit's to strong to let some mere physical disabillity get u down.

i know we didn't hang a whole lot in high school (at all if any), but my heart is out for u man

i never was the one for praying... but i'll give it more than a few shots for u.

i got good gut feelings that things are gonna work out awsome for u (and those dont usually fail me, lol)

i'll be here again to send u wishes dude.

l8er mike,

Dennis Kaufman

"in the end everything will be fine. if its not fine, its not the end"

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike...
You don't know me, but we feel like we're getting to know you. I'm Holly Hochhalter, Steve can fill you in. I wanted to write and tell you again that you are being thought of and prayed for here in Detroit.

Just found this site today, and wanted to let you know Steve (if you haven't heard already)that you were missed on Thurs. night at STORM, I snuck in and listened to Eric. He did a great job, altho' I might be biased, lol!!! I wanted to let you both know that all the kids prayed for you all, and I sensed a deep caring for you all.
Hang in there!! You are loved!!!!
Holly H

Anonymous said...

Mike,

Our Lord Jesus is the ultimate physician, he made your body and knows exactly what to do. Keep the faith; I'm praying constantly for you and your family. Be strong.

Terri-Lynn

Anonymous said...

Mike,

I don't know you well, but that smile of yours always caught my attention; full of life and mischief! For every message sent to you, there are dozens of us praying for you and your family as well. Your church family will be here for you, now and as long as you need it.

Lois Phillips

Anonymous said...

Mike,

Even though I haven't seen you in awhile i still remember the good times that we had. Remember crowd surfing at the Strung Out concert at red's and running around west ed?
Just wanted you to know that I know that you are a strong person, and you have more support than you'll ever know.

Hoping to see you soon,
Josh Marcellin

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family, Cody and family and especially to you Mr."fireworks" Barker. You have been on the minds of many and together we give you support in prayer for comfort, strength, courage, patience and faith. One never understands , sometimes, the obstacles we must overcome,but by the grace of God we do and from then on our lives change in a different direction. You have a purpose,especially with your charisma,humour and zest for life.Your smile lights up a room,too.

thanks matthew and steve for setting up this site---an awesome idea----hang on and take care to all our heartfelt thoughts are with you James,Leanne,Liz

Cindy Peters said...

We're all here for you Mike...you are in our thoughts and our prayers constantly, we love you...Cindy and Wally

Leanne said...

Hey Handsome...

An angel once told me that things happen in life for a reason and we are never again the same. 'Life' changes you yet makes you stronger and all you have to do is learn to cope.

I have some good comedy shows to bring your way.

In my prayers, in my thoughts...sending a smile your way,

Leanne Young

Tyler said...

Hey Mike,

I'm praying for you and your family and I'm in agreement with the hundreds of others that are praying for your miracle. Keep fighting and don't let fear have a place because that's what inhibits faith. Blessings!

~Tyler

Jody & Dale Cadieux said...

Mike,
You are filling my mind all day, every day since this happened. I spoke to your Dad and told him this when he came home the other day,and it still holds true. I know that God is with you,and he will not leave you through any of this. Lean on him, Micheal He is holding you even now. I will continue to pray for strength,and peace for you and your family.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jody & Dale

Anonymous said...

Mike,
We've never met, but are praying for and standing with you and your family in asking for healing, strength, and peace.

Chris & Amy in Vancouver

Majeda said...

Praying for your arms and hands, you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

much love

Majeda

Jim Booth said...

I have to admit that after reading about Mike’s hands this morning, I did more shouting at God than praying. With hundreds of people praying for Mike, where was God that Mike might be faced with an even greater loss of mobility? After He listened to me silently vent for awhile, I settled down and began to pray, and started to listen to Him – and He showed me where He has been…

God’s hand was on the truck as it crossed in front of the semi at highway speed – a few seconds, a few feet, and we might be gathered around a casket instead of a hospital bed.

God’s grace covered Mike, protecting him as the truck was crushed around him – he may never regain his legs, he may never have full use of his hands, but he still has and will always have that Michael Barker smile and charm – what fraction of an inch was there between his head and a hard place that might have taken that from him too – were it not for God’s presence at that time?

God’s mercy was on Cody, the other young man in the truck, who walked away with little physical harm. For the many people reading this blog who don’t know Cody, you also won’t know that less than a year ago, Cody lost his father to cancer, and a few months prior to that, his grandmother to cancer as well. Through the grace of God, Cody’s family was spared another helping of grief, and are able to gather round Mike and family in prayer at this time. I give thanks for that.

God’s timing is present in the elimination of Neil’s work position in Lac La Biche, and his transfer to Edmonton a short time before Mike’s accident. Where two weeks ago, the Barker family were still saddened at the prospect of having to leave their home in Lac La Biche to move to Edmonton, there is no other place that Neil or Brenda could be right now, than in Edmonton with their son.

And finally, God was present in the words of the message preached to Mike’s home church in Lac La Biche, where Pastor Fish has been preaching sequentially out of the Gospel of John starting months before the accident – and the message entitled “Why?” that had been prepared for this past Sunday that came from John 9:1-3:

As he went along, He [Jesus] saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

Mike, God’s work is being displayed mightly in your life right now. He has been with you from the second that truck began to drift across the center line, and in all things that have happened since. Indeed, He has been with you and your family long before that, and He will continue to be with you long afterwards – even to eternity. He is going to continue to display His works in you – it is evident in the witness of everyone who logs onto this site. I have no doubt that He is going to further display His work, His love, His mercy and His healing through you to people in ways that would not have happened had He not seen you through this time in your life.

I thank God, and continue to pray, that the loss of feeling in your hands is indeed only temporary, and will continue to pray for healing for you. The question to ask is not where was God when you were in this accident, but where would you be if had He NOT been there.

Mike, Matt, Steve & Lori, Neil & Brenda, “May the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance”, and may you find strength in the love and prayers of His people.

Chantelle Lafreniere said...

Hey Mike,
I couldn’t sleep so I though I’d write to you… I hope you don’t mind.

I remember a time you were walking through JAWS surrounded by a big group of friends (like always.) Then from across the hall, you pointed at me and said (VERY loudly) "LOOK! ITS DEWY'S LITTLE SISTER! HI DEWY’S LITTLE SISTER!" And with the biggest, goofiest smile on your face, you started waving at me, which totally made my day. (Im not gonna lie to you… there’s not too many hearts you couldn’t melt with that smile of yours ) But of course instead of saying Hi back (like a normal person would do)... Im pretty sure I looked down and walked away as fast as I could so you wouldnt see my blushing face. (Sorry! I really didnt mean to be rude, I just got shy… I couldn’t believe the hot mardi gras king even knew who I was! )

But anyway...the point of my story was that even though you don’t know me personally, you still found a way to leave a positive impression on me and sooooo many other people without even trying to. Its quite unbelievable how many people there are praying for you to be okay. (You’re quite popular Mike…but don’t let that go to your head! lol Just kidding!) You have a heart of gold, and I’m so sorry this had to happen to you. But I hear you're still as handsome, charming, and good spirited as ever, so thats good! Its great to know you’re not letting anything get you down because I honestly admire how you deal with life’s obstacles with such courage and strength.

I no it doesn't take the pain away, or make things any easier or more fair...but for what its worth, there’s something i want you to no. My eyes may be crying for you Mike, but my heart and soul are smiling WITH YOU. You'll never be alone with family and friends like yours that will be there for you no matter what. You are so blessed to have them in your life…and they are equally blessed to have you.

"Every day is a new beginning so treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be." Please just never forget who you are, because you're truly amazing... There's just something about you Mike that lets me and everyone else no your gonna be okay. So let god, and all my prayers be with you and your family every step of the way. Never lose faith.

Love Chantelle (dewy’s little sister)

Ps. Dewy wanted me to say Hi…He doesn’t have a computer at his house in Bonnyville. But his thoughts are definitely with you, and he wanted to tell you good luck on your surgery this Thursday… and to hang in there. You’re an awesome guy Mike.

Candace said...

Mike,

Wowzers...you got so much love! And here is some more from me! hehe. I am still praying for you Mike and I lift you up to God right now and pray that His hand is in this and He will give you the strength you need to overcome this.

I know (I'm sure you do too) God is capable of anything. Although we may not always be able to know why...God's plan is always unfolding and I know this accident is no acception. I can see even through your accident how many people's lives you have unknowingly touched and I am one to hold true to that.

I want to you to know something Mike. I recently became a Christian about 10 months ago when I moved here to Edmonton. I found Christ and my life has done a complete 360. I thought back to the people from High School who helped me in this (even though they didn't know they did). You were one of them.

I have never seen someone who brought a room to life the way you did...just with your crazy (sometimes senseless) jokes or even a big smile that I guarantee no one can say they never smiled back to. I saw something in you that stood out to me. Today, I know what that something is...the Holy Spirit in you. It can be felt whenever you are around and it was something that I wanted too. Now I have what I had been missing in my life...Christ and I want you to know that you have impacted my life as I know you have many others.

Thank you and God Bless!
Candace Glaubitz

Lorraine Nagy said...

Trust in the Lord will all your heart
Lean not on your own understanding
In all your ways acknowledge Him
He will make your path straight

Proverbs 3:5-6

Dear Mike:

You are in my thoughts, and I am praying for you all the time.

God will bless you and keep you.

Lorraine Dugas

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Dear Mike,
My heart is with you, though you do not know me, and I am praying that you will be an awesome miracle and witness for Christ's unending love. Thank you for your strength and keep your relationship with God strong.
In Christ, Sarah

Danielle Bouchard said...

Hey Michael,
Hi it's Danielle, just wanted to say that my family and I are praying everyday for you that you will get better and better. Don't give up buddy!

Chelsey said...

Morning Mike

Wow I was flying for only 22 hours and already you have almost 100 new entries that I haven’t seen, I new you were popular but really Mike you’re actually ridiculously popular. I hope it helps you to know that you have an army of support behind you. I can’t wait to see you and see Max. I can’t believe we have to shave him!!! Since I’ll have him for a bit I think I’ll buy one of those dog purses…and maybe some cute dog clothes…maybe I’ll paint his toenails…pink…Ok I think I’ve got you riled up enough.
Love you ~

Anonymous said...

Mike,
you probably don't even know me, but i went to JAWS and although we have never hung out, or even talked for that matter, I've always thought you and your family to be awesome people. It breaks hearts to see something like this happen but the strength that you possess is truly amazing. Prayers and thoughts with you and your family.
A.M.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,

My heart goes out to you and those who love you. And I am praying for you.

Wan
Grandview Calvary Baptist Church

Steve and Lori Barker said...

Good Morning Mike! Just wanted to wish you a good day. We love you and are still praying for you.

Steve and Lori

lou said...

hi mike!
imagine the largest army you can think of and now put God in the front lines....this is what you have fighting along with you. the most powerful army imaginable....
God LOVES YOU SOOO MUCH
~gina-louise
p.s. what movie are you watching today?

Jakki Hau said...

Hey Michael...
Just wanted to let you know that they youth are getting together and praying for you all week. Just remember even on your worst days The Lord will NEVER forsake you. He is with you no matter how lonely you feel.
Love always,
Jakki
p.s. Brenda I am still practicing.. just for you.I Love yout lots Brenda

BJ Knofler said...

Mike,
We love you and are praying, here are are few promises: Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righeous fall. Psalm 55:22, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 And I will do whtever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13, 14. We are praying for your miracle, the Doctors wisdom, and for God's hands to be over the surgens. People all across North America are trusting God for your healing. All our love, the Knoflers

Anonymous said...

Dear Barker Family,
Hello from the Ruskowskys, We have been praying for you all since we found out .We put you on our prayer chain at church. We were devistated to hear The news about Mike , But we also know we have an Amazing God and He Will hold you in His hand and We will continue to pray for his healing upon your body. God bless Much Love and Prayers From Lou, Fred ,Vonette,Nandrie,Danae, Owen Emmett and Emory

Faye said...

Hey Mike, Ami and I are praying for you. Apparently she's got a whole army of Swedes on their knees on your behalf! Wow, Mike, you have so many people who love you. You will never have to go through anything alone, you won't be able to get rid of us all! Be strong, Mike, you are a child of God and nothing, not even this, can take that away from you.

Steve, Matt, could one of you read Isaiah 41:9-13 and Isaiah 43:1-4a to Mike for me? Thanks guys...I love you all.

Faye Polson (Dave and Ora's faaavorite Niece - sorry Becky!)

Anonymous said...

The Lord is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Hang in there and we wish your family well. We are thinking of you everyday.

Mrs. Donna Cadieux & Lacey

Jordan said...

Hey Mike
For the past two days I have been sitting in my cubicle checking your site every 5 minutes. It fills me with hope that everytime I check there is another comment telling you how much you are loved. We are here for you, and will be with you every step of the way because we know that you would do exactly the same for each and every one of us. You are a wonderful human being and have inspired so many people. Have a good day and I'll see you next time I'm in the city.

Jordan

Nancy Fish said...

Steve & Matty,
Thanks once again for setting up this blog. It's a great way to keep those of us posted. You're brilliant! And you're appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike, I hope your having a better day today. As you know the whole High School is behind you. You graduated with my brother Mathew and when we heard what happened our family started prayers for you and your family. Words do fail Mike but God doesn't and he's with you all the way while you keep fighting. Keep your strength up,God will bring you through the pain. Your a good guy and looks like you still have your smile. We will continue to pray for you and your family and hope to hear how your surgery goes. Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart.
Lindsey White...

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike its me again i know i just wrote you like half an hour ago but i just have been reading all the comments and wow Mike you have so many people that are praying for you and love you including me you have so much support and i hope your surgery goes great my family and i are praying for you and will continue too
love you talk to you later
Caitlin Straus

Wanda said...

God has promises for His kids, those who belong to Him and live for Him, and I and all I have told will be claiming those promises for you all. Keep the faith. He loves you. May your Lord, Savior, Counsellor, the God who created you, heal you. Our prayers, compassion, love and support are with you,
Wanda, Lawrence and Dezi Bertrand

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael,

Heard about your accident. Don't despair, you will heal. Can't wait to see your big smile and those mischievious laughing eyes. I know Keenan is lucky to have you as a friend. Wishing you were in grade 4 again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love
Mrs. Ruff

Anonymous said...

man you are popular!

Anonymous said...

hey mike,

Just wanted to wish you good luck with tomorrow's surgery, and hopefully, you had a better night. Don't forget about the army of those praying for you!! I pray for the doctors and staff, that they will have God's hand guiding them, for the Barkers peace like no other, and for you, strength, courage, and a smile. A smile never fails.
Finally, on the road to recovery, a quote from the First Lady of the World, Eleanor Roosevelt, "One cannot consent to creep, when one feels an impulse to SOAR." Fly high in the hands of God.

Britney in MI :)

Anonymous said...

Four words:

Season Finale:

Watch LOST!!

Anonymous said...

Mike,

just wanted to say good luck with your surgury tomorrow, we hope everything goes well. everyone is rooting for you, and can't wait to see your smiling face again. You are the coolest guys i know and we are going to be with you through this all...

much love

Anonymous said...

hey man,

a few words from the scriptures:
Yes, your healing will come quickly. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind. 9Then when you call, the LORD will answer. `Yes, I am here,' he will quickly reply.
(Isaiah 58:8-9)

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails
(Proverbs 19:21).

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father encourage you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. God loved us, and through his grace he gave us a good hope and encouragement that continues forever.
(2 Thessalonians 2:17)

I'm cheering for you, mike

Britney in MI

Kasi House said...

Hey mike, All the youth groups are praying for you. Any requests for movies??? Some of us might come visit on sat if it's okay. There are a few of the youth leaders would like to come and lay hands if you're feeling up to it. If not we're praying unconditionally. May the Lord bless you and heal you.

~KASI

Anonymous said...

Mike
we are contstantly on my mind and in my prayers. Victory Church is also praying - Catholic church is praying - even Charles Hattum is praying. (that counts right??)I know you have a wonderful sense of humor and a gorgeous smile - keep that above all. We love you.
Neil and Brenda - our prayers go out for you as well. Comfort and rest.
Love, June

Anonymous said...

Michael,
You're one tough kid! WOW ! So happy to see that smile of yours! I hope that all the prayers,encouragement and laughs that are coming your way fill you up. If it doesn't hurt too much to laugh, make sure you do a lot. It will heal you! My family and I are praying also for your speedy
recovery.
Jackie Tkachuk

PS. To your family,
Thank you so much for this opportunity to send our prayers and thoughts for Mike and all of you. You are an incredible bunch!

Cindy Peters said...

Dear Mike and Family...our thoughts and prayers are constantly with you. Cindy and Wally

Sheryl G. said...

I am still praying...
I am truly amazed at the balm of comfort that even this site gives to me and obviously many others.Thanks guys for including us in such a marvelous and personal way.
I have another song for today and especially for tomorrow.
I want to encourage whoever can to make tomorrow(surgery day) a day of prayer, fasting and bringing forward Mike and his family to the Lord. The Lord is Good.

Here is the song I keep singing and praying to the Lord...

I cry out for Your hand of mercy to heal me.
I am weak, I need Your love to free me
O Lord, my Rock, my strength in weakness
Come rescue me, O Lord
You are my hope
Your promise never fails me
And my desire is to follow You forever
For You are good
FOR YOU ARE GOOD
Lord You are good to me!!!

Mike we are inserting your name as we pray...

I cry out for Your hand of mercy to heal MIKE
He is weak,Mike needs Your love to free him...
Praying for your healing Mike!!!
Praying for God's strength

Tanya from Grace said...

What do we do when everything we believe in is shaken to the very core? How can we believe that ALL things work together for our good? We close our eyes and hold on for dear life and eventually we see, that, even when we couldn't find our faith, He DID get us through , He DID equip us with what we needed to get through each day. That much I KNOW for sure. These are your promises. God is still the same. We are asking and believing Him for BIG THINGS for you, Dear One.

Anonymous said...

Good luck in your surgery tomorrow Mike. Our love and friendship to you and your family.
Mrs. Shirley, Mr. B, Ashley & Aaron

Anonymous said...

Mike, I have known your Dad for many years through work and my family are all praying for you, your family and friends. My daughter was in a similar situation 4 years ago and with prayer, faith and a whole lot of love and support, she made it. You have alot of support and love behind you, keep up the fight, God will take care of you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Michael,

I still can't believe what happened. It's amazing how in a split second everything can change. I never knew you that well at school, but from what I did know you are the most incredible person in the world. You have such a gift to make everything seem great and your zest for life is contagious. It seemed like you could always find something awesome out of every situation...keep looking for the positive. I know if anyone can make lemonade out of this, it's you. Our prayers are with you! You've got the entire world rooting for you!

-Shaughnessy Fulawka

brennan said...

def mike is in my prayers

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike
Just wanted to know my heart is with you.
last time i saw you (i believe it was just a couple weeks ago), you and jeff daniels came into universal videos.
you guys must have spent at least an hour in here!!!
ill always remember your goofy smile when you came up to rent your game. haha i remember you being embarrased and saying something like whos rents games at a video store..and that i should keep it on the down-low.
well sorry for bringing that up, haha, but you guys were just so adorable.
good luck tomorrow
lots of love

Brittany Sturges

Anonymous said...

good luck tomorrow, our prayers are heading your way. we all hope and pray for the best. you've got a tonne of people praying for you buddy :)
love...

Anonymous said...

Hi Micheal, ever since i've heard of your accident you have been in my thoughts constantly(not that you were not before!)I miss you a lot! I cannot believe that such a terrible thing has happened to such an amazing person, but i know with your strong spirit you will persevere. Good luck with your surgery
Love, Amy Malbeuf

Terrena said...

hey michael
micheal i want you to know that me and my family are praying for you and i want you to remember that miracles happen everyday. i just dont understand why this had to happen to you...you are soo full of life. even though i told you many..many times that you were annoying..no matter what kind of mood i was in you could always make me laugh, wether it was watching you attempting to pick up mrs.parsons(lol) or just being stupid in class.. it was all fun. i will come see you next time im in Edmonton.
p.s. YOU'LL ALWAYS BE SEXY MIKE!!
love ya lots

Anonymous said...

Sodium Levels - Hi Brenda & Neil. You might want to check Mike's sodium levels. I read Monday's entry today - sodium is required for transmission of nerve impulses and proper muscle function. If his levels are still low it COULD be contributing to his new muscle weakness. I'm not sure that it is the cause - but it is something to rule out. I

Anonymous said...

Mike,
There are soo many pple behind you on this one. Weve got all our freinds thinking about you and praying even some of our freinds freinds. i wish i could be there and support you in a closer way i geuss. well keep on going.

Taylor from vancouver

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,

Just letting you know that we prayed for you today at KBI. Hang in there.

Stephen Selke on behalf of family, KBI, and the Hamars crew.

Anonymous said...

Mike we are praying for you. Jacque and I hope to visit on Saturday If all goes well.I've been up at work since the accident.
Neil, Brenda, Steven and Matthew we have you in our hearts as well. We love you all and want to help in any way. Mike I lack the words but not the deep feelings for you.
John

Fay Gaberel said...

Mike & family,
Jim Booth said it best today. God IS with you! He hears our prayers and now we have to trust him. Call on Him for your strength and courage. Brenda,Neil,Steve, and Matthew I know you have placed Mike in God's hands and that is the best place for him now. HE will be there tommorow with Mike, with the Doctors and nurses and with you all as you wait. Just by creating and allowing others to read this web page God has touched the lives of hundreds of people all over the world. HE IS doing mighty works through you!!!Wow!!God Bless and our prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike
It was good to see you again yesterday dude. Sorry I didn't get in this morning but you were sleeping and I didnt want them to have to wake you up on my account. Anyway I just wanted to wish you the best in your surgery. I will be in to see you again as soon as i can.
-jeff

Candace said...

Annoyed of me yet? hehe
I just want you to know you will be in my prayers all tomorrow as you go through your surgery. So much support from you around the world...even some people and their families in Trinidad and Tobago that I know are praying for you not to mention all the way over in Germany!

Candace Glaubitz

Bouchard's said...

Michael, Brenda, Neil, Matthew, Steve, we are praying for you all, all the time. Michael we got all our Bahama friends to put you on their prayer chains in their cool wild churches with all the exciting dancing,clapping and intense singing. God's with you all the way and so is your family and friends. You're not alone. Praying the surgery will go spectacular.

p.s. Take it easy on the nurses ha ha

Ed & KL Wicker said...

Hello Barkers--Mom Wicker let us know of Michael's accident and of the blog set up--we are praying for you and appreciate the blog to help us see a little of what you all are walking through.

Ed and Kerry-Lea Wicker in Norfolk, Nebraska

Mary said...

Hey Mike, I don't really know you, but I am praying for you. I even wrote a poem for you! : )
Here you go:


You're in our hearts,
and on our minds.
The love for you
comes in many kinds.

God's love for you
is very strong.
Remember that
all day long.

The prayers are endless,
From all over;
From Florida
Up to Vancouver!

In all the hurt
and terrible pains,
God loves you and
God always reigns.

We pray for you
and hope for the best.
We realize how much
we are blessed.

And as I sit here
this afternoon,
all I can say is...
Feel better soon!

Anonymous said...

Michael,
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow, as they constantly have been since the accident.
Your strength, courage, faith and love for life will help to get you and your family through this.
You are a special young man.

Guy, Paulette, Justin,
Jason (Dewy), Chantelle & Curtis
Lafreniere

Shelly Booth said...

Micheal
Soon it will be time for your surgery. The fasting will be an inconvenience, but the fears will be real. Alot of unknowns. But there is a constant - TRUST in the Lord and he will be with you to protect and comfort you, TRUST in those caring for you, and TRUST in the support of your family and friends. I like many others will be thinking of you and praying for your recovery. Amaze them all!
Brenda, Neil, Steve, Lori, Matthew and Cody I pray that God also takes care of you and holds you in the palm of his hand. Thank you for this site and opportunity to say how much we care.
With much love Shelly

Kasi said...

Psalm 91
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. [a]

2 I will say [b] of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-

10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation."



May the Lord bless you and heal you

~KASI

Rick said...

Our God is an awesome God. He reigns with wisdom and love. He is the great healer and He loves his children. We are believing Mike will fully recover.


Rick & Linda McDonald