Ben Breedlove
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Ben Breedlove On Christmas night, our son, Ben Breedlove received a gift greater than any we could have given him. He stood in the presence of his Lord and Savior and felt the peace that surpasses all understanding. Ben's 18-year-old heart may have been afflicted with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, but his physical limitations didn't keep him from experiencing the things he loved---in fact, he found extraordinary ways to expand on those experiences and take us all along for the ride. He had a curiosity for learning (remember the drum kit?), and his quick, analytical mind sought ways to be the best at whatever captured his attention. He loved wakeboarding, shooting, and playing Call of Duty. His claim to fame was when he and little brother, Jake, beat Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley in an online match. And they did it gleefully! There are so many ways to describe Ben: he was witty, sharp and funny, and his pranks were legendary. Just ask the unsuspecting drivers on City Park Road! He knew how to operate outside the system, while accomplishing his goals in an honorable fashion. While Ben never seemed to take anything seriously, his happy- go-lucky nature was matched with a warm, loving and candid personality. His YouTube channel gives witness to what his legion of female admirers thought of him! And now the world has come to know our Ben. He was a genius at using the Internet to reach and influence his peers. Through his brilliance with maneuvering the capabilities of YouTube, Ben has left a message for his generation. In the weeks prior to his death, he had faced some scary situations with his health, but had been given an amazing gift that he was determined to share; first with us, his family, and then, not surprisingly (and generously) with his YouTube audience. We know the Lord used the amazing life of our precious son to reach a weary world on Christmas night, just as He did over 2000 years ago with his own Son. We invite you to visit YouTube, and just enter "Ben Breedlove" and receive the gift that Ben hoped would change your life. Ben was abundantly loved by his devoted family: parents, Shawn and Deanne; sister, Ally; and brother, Jake. Waiting to start the party in Heaven were both his grandmothers, Jan Breedlove and Sue Raine. Ben left grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, countless friends of the family, fellow students at Westlake High School, and members of the Internet Generation to mourn the loss of his creativity, wittiness and beautiful smile. Ben has left a lasting impression and legacy far beyond his 18 years. While the pain of losing Ben will never be far, his life is serving a greater purpose. You were always full of surprises, Ben, and this is the best one yet! "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord." Memorial services will be conducted at three o'clock in the afternoon, Thursday, the 29th of December at Gateway Church, 7104 McNeil Drive, Austin, Texas 78729. Tributes may be made at www.cookwaldenfuneralhome. com



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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 29, 2011.
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October 14, 2020
Ben, I drove by a lovely lake today that was circled in brilliant fall foliage. I thought of you and hoped you saw it too.
September 8, 2020
Your kind smile always reminds me of all that is good in this world.
August 5, 2020
Ben, I want to wish you a Happy (August) Birthday. It has been almost 9 years now since I started writing to you. It's hard to accept that so many years have gone by. I can almost feel the sense of loss for your family and friends. Nothing can change that. We all wish you were still here. All I know is that God brought me to your obituary and your video totally woke me up from a very lazy relationship with Him. From your experience with social media, you had no clue where your message would land, or if it would land at all. To me, uncertainty. To you, solid faith. I still see other people posting remembrances and memorials to you on various websites. I continuously pray to God that He brings yet more people to your message. For me, solid faith that He will do so. More now than ever do people need to know what you knew in your heart. I feel nothing but pure joy for those who have opened their hearts and minds to your message.
God bless you Ben and all who have had the privilege of knowing about you.
S.C.
June 23, 2020
Psalm 36:7
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
May 14, 2020
Ben, you're on my mind.
March 23, 2020
Well, Ben, what would you make of the world's current circumstances? Today I was wondering what type of video you'd share with us. Uplifting, for sure. But then again, you left us with exactly that. Your message as timely and effective as ever.
Thank you, God.
February 7, 2020
Michael Hubbard
February 6, 2020
For we live by faith, not by sight.

Thinking about you, Ben.
January 9, 2020
Ben, the other day I was watching again your tribute to Gina, a former neighbor of yours. I wondered aloud if people in heaven are somehow aware when we're thinking about them. Sometimes I have doubts, but today I have none! Thank you for finding a way to answer my question. This morning, just by chance when driving through an area where several boats are lined up for the winter, what did I see? One small boat caught my eye. A boat with a name painted on it: Floating Bear. Right away I remembered something from the book your sister wrote. That was a childhood name connected to you.
Thank you God for leading me there.
S C
January 6, 2020
Sandee Garza Schock
December 24, 2019
It has been 8 long years since Ben's transition from this earthly life to his eternal life in Heaven. However, it seems like just a moment of time.

Ben, your time in this life still marvels all of us who have come to know you as you are, uniquely, one who can't just be the young man who people just came to know of.

While I never had the privilege of knowing you personally, I have been honored to have come to know you and the power of such a remarkable life as that you lived and shared through YouTube and your having just being Ben.

YOU BECAME AND WILL FOREVER BE A PART OF THE VERY FABRIC OF EVERY LIFE THAT YOUR LIFE HAS TOUCHED.

For that thank you !!! I am and will always be forever grateful. Merry Christmas as you celebrate in the presence of the Christ Child, Jesus, Our Lord !
Thomas Damico
December 23, 2019
I give you this one thought to keep.
I am with you still. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the sweet, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone.
I am with you still in each new dawn.
~Author Unknown
December 21, 2019
We still can find your light in every good deed someone else does.
I thank God for giving you that creative mind and kind,faithful soul. If not for that video many of us would have not have known about you or your message.
Yes, Ben,I still DO BELIEVE.I always sort of took that for granted until I saw that video.Thanks to you I am considerably more mindful of God and His angels. You brought me to that level. Thank you.
S C
December 18, 2019
Ben, I'm still amazed by your life and grateful for your lasting legacy.
November 22, 2019
Ben, you're still here in our hearts and minds. I'm so thankful for your courage and faith. I thank God for all the people you manged to help.
October 25, 2019
Ben, I saw a picture of the beautiful headstone your family created for you. It's truly a reflection of your faith and a continuation of your work. I wish I could visit this tribute to you in person, but right now I'll visit with you in thoughts and prayers.
S C
September 20, 2019
Ben, you were on my mind today. I was thinking how you liked to find a quiet place and talk to God.

Psalm 62:
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
August 9, 2019
SANDEE Garza Schock
August 8, 2019
Ben, thank you for coming into our lives and helping to make us better children of God.
August 3, 2019
Ben,
Thinking of you and your family on your birthday month. My gift to you is to keep the faith.
We love you.
S C
July 23, 2019
When did the heaven begin? when YOU Arrived Ben
................your.friend, Tony G.
tony
June 20, 2019
Glad you have had been given a little chance to experience some time on this plain of existence. You have moved on to a better place. Your next time around will be better. My condolences to family and friends
June 6, 2019
Thinking about you Ben.
April 28, 2019
Ben,
Thinking of you after reading Scripture concerning what God means by wanting us to live with confidence. Looking at pictures of you, we can see it in your eyes and smile.You had it all figured out.
March 23, 2019
Ben,
I often think how you loved water sports and lived right by the water. You lived your life with much appreciation for what you had, but always kept God in sight. No detours for you. Your courage kept you in the right lane. I think of your family too and hope all is well for them.
February 7, 2019
HEY BIG BEN BREEDLOVE
IT YOUR BROTHER THROUGH
JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR
STILL HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN
YOU ON YOUR PASSING I
BET YOU ARE A VERY NICE
LOOKING ANGEL UP IN HEAVEN
BUT YOU WILL BE JOINED
BY THE ONES YOU LEFT
BEHIND ONE DAY AND WHAT
A DAY THAT WILL BE I KEEP
YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN
MY PRAYER'S DAILY I WISH I
COULD OF GOTTEN TO MEET YOU
I BET YOU WOULD BE A SUPPER
FRIEND AND BROTHER MY LITTLE
BROTHER IS THERE WITH YOU HE
PASSED AWAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG
BEST OD REGARDS TO YOUR FAMILY
AND FRIEND'S


RIP OLD FRIEND

JOSEPH Z ANDERS 3
joseph anders
February 6, 2019
Ben,
Here in our area we are mourning the loss of a very young man due to a terrible accident. The message in your video plays in my mind when trying to reason why these things happen. But as usual your words remind me that God is in control. We're still learning from you and I pray God will help more people find their way to your video just like He helped me.
January 1, 2019
Thinking of your bright youthful soul today. Another year is passed and time will continue on. Yet you will remain, and remind us all, in the vibrate colored flowers and trees, the cool breeze and quiet clear days. Your soul is at ultimate peace with God.
2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
A Friend
December 25, 2018
Ben, pamitam o Tobie.
Tomek Rybak
December 24, 2018
Ben,
Your gift to the world is still one of my most valued treasures.
Glory to God.

Matthew 6:21
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
December 17, 2018
Hi Ben,
HOpe you are well in the presence of our Lord Father. Please say hello to my lil brother Joey, he went back home on 8.3.05 and was only 23yrs. You and my brother were very similar with great qualities and left us wonderful memories. I have faith and hope that one day we all will reunite again.

Watch after us
A.U.
Armando U
December 16, 2018
ben,
as we approach chrismas and he da of ur accencion ino heaven u remain in mi hear


hi Deanne....
December 10, 2018
Ben,
Still amazed by you. Those kind eyes and sweet smile come to mind when I least expect it. For so many of us your message made for a meaningful and lasting impression and has stood the test of time.
God bless you Ben. I hope to meet you on the other side.
S Charron
November 15, 2018
Thought about you Ben when shopping for Thanksgiving cards. Still so thankful we had a chance to know about you and have you show us how important faith should be.
Thank you Ben.
October 20, 2018
Ben, you're on my mind today. Whenever I see something on the news about Texas I think of you. Can't help but wonder what you'd think about this-or-that. One thing for sure, thanks to your video, is your deep faith. Still amazed by you.
September 26, 2018
Ben,
Another season gone by. Where does the time go. God's time is eternal and I believe heaven is a place of eternal perfection. A place of serenity and beauty that is seen and equally felt. You spoke of a pure silence and indescribable beauty that now we can only imagine until we meet you there. I still thank God for bringing so many of us to your video.
August 9, 2018
HELLO BEN BREEDLOVE
I AM STILL REMEMBERING YOU ON YOUR PASSING
WHEN YOU LEFT YOUR LIFE HERE ON EARTH
PEOPLE STILL KEEP YOU ALIVE IN THEIR HEARTS
AND MINDS I WISH I COULD OF MEET YOU I BET
YOU WOULD MAKE A GREAT FRIEND ALSO YOU
NOW HAVE YOUR WINGS SO SOAR LIKE THE
ANGEL THAT YOU ARE AND WE ALL SHALL BE
TOGETHER AGAIN ONE DAY IN HEAVEN AND
WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE

PS REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR
LORD AND SAVIOR

JPOSEPH Z ANDERS 3
JOSEPH ANDERS
August 9, 2018
Happy Birthday
Sandee Garza Schock
August 9, 2018
Happy birthday, sweetheart. I never was lucky enough to meet you, but I'll never forget you. You're one of the first people I want to hug when I get to heaven! RIP.
Patti Garner
August 8, 2018
HAPPIE BD BUDDIE
August 7, 2018
Ben,today thinking about the miracle of you and being on this earth and how the world came to know you.
Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
S C
August 5, 2018
Hi Ben,
Thinking about you and August being your birthday month. I guess I should say "earthly" birthday. I think, in a way, we are re-born into a heavenly life when we cross over.
Your courage and kindness still inspire so many to this day.
July 18, 2018
Ben stae si czci mojego ycia. Dzikuj za Twoje wiadectwo. Mam nadziej, e si kiedy spotkamy.
Tak.
Tomek Rybak
July 9, 2018
Ben,
Something about summer that makes me think about you often. I guess its because I've seen you in numerous pictures posted online having a great time on the lake with your buddies. I'm sure there was more going on for you than that especially with your family and school, but in my mind you'll always be that happy fun loving kid who "rode" over open water. To this day I am so grateful to God that you had that earthly freedom.
Online I came across this thought: "The freedom in your heart is Heaven." Author unknown.
June 7, 2018
Ben,
Today when driving by a church I noticed a sign in front of their building, and upon it was a portion of a Bible verse unfamiliar to me, something about having your life "rooted in love." I thought of you, your life and love of God and family. Admittedly, I had to look up the whole verse.
I should explain, I seldom drive down that road but today felt compelled to do so. Earlier today I was thinking I wanted to write to you but couldn't come up with something new and ....well, I believe God helped me out with His Words.

Ephesians 3:14-19
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
S C
May 26, 2018
Thinking about you Ben and your lasting legacy of faith,love and courage.
May 7, 2018
Ben,
Think about you every time I consider buying some new technological item (and it looks difficult to navigate.) You were very clever and undoubtedly could figure out the pros and cons of anything to do with these devices. I bet you would have kept up to date on all this stuff, but then again, I believe in Heaven you know more than we do here. You always seemed to know what really mattered. I thank you for your continued guidance.
Your light still shines brightly.
April 1, 2018
Ben,
You're on my mind as I thank God for all his blessings.
March 25, 2018
Ben, I've been thinking about you while praying for someone else close to your age who is in desperate need for peace in his heart. I don't know this young man but read online about his situation. He needs help from above. I guess you popped into my mind because you're such a caring and loving person and had asked God to grant your family the same sense of peace you felt. So now I pray this young man will be blessed as well.
February 14, 2018
Ben,
Your sweet smile always reminds me of the good in this world.
I thank God for giving us a chance to know about you.
January 30, 2018
Ben,
The video you made about your experiences and heavenly visions made an immense impact on so many people around the world. For me, it meant returning to God's Word. To this day I still read my Bible frequently. I do it because I want to. It's a feeling of enjoyment rather than one of obligation.
I thank you again Ben for your courage and sharing your faith with us.
January 19, 2018
Ben,
Last week we had to have our beloved old cat put down. I thought he was losing weight due to his age, but a test confirmed he had cancer. Even though I believe all of God's creation return to Him in heaven, it broke my heart to say goodbye. Yesterday I was looking at the last picture we have of him.
Suddenly I envisioned Jesus holding my cat. My cat looked healthy and happy.
It dawned on me he returned to his creator. He's in good hands. God made him new again the second he crossed over.
Many people do not believe animals enter heaven.
Many people do not believe in God or angels.
Ben...I do.
January 13, 2018
Hey Ben,
Thinking of you on this cold night in New England. You have been "gone" for over 6 years now but it seems like just yesterday you were posting your inspiring videos on youTube.
Your spirit can be felt the world over Ben as you continue to stay in our hearts and souls. God Bless You!


Your friend Tony G.
January 2, 2018
Dearest Ben:
Though I never met you, I always think of you, especially this time of year. I just want you to know that I'll never forget the gift you left for the world, but the gift YOU were to the world. I look forward to seeing you some day. Much much love to you. Thank you
Suzanne Noa-Gali
January 2, 2018
Dearest Ben:
Though I never met you, I always think of you, especially this time of year. I just want you to know that I'll never forget the gift you left for the world, but the gift YOU were to the world. I look forward to seeing you some day. Much much love to you. Thank you
Suzanne Noa-Gali
December 30, 2017
Just watched the video again. Hadn't seen it for a few years. What a powerful testimony. What an amazing young man, who left us a gift surely he had received from God.
Eric Whittington
December 27, 2017
Gone But Not Forgotten
Sandee Garza Schock
December 26, 2017
Dear Ben, we said a prayer of thanksgiving for you yesterday at our Christmas gathering :) Thanks for your message, thanks for your life, thanks for your faith, and thanks for watching over us especially Kristin :).

Happy Birthday Ben! Love you so much.....
Janice
December 25, 2017
Ben, Thank you for your message that you sent to the world. That you send to me. Merry Christmas Ben. And your family as well. Philippians 4.7 And the peace of god which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
December 24, 2017

Ben,
Merry Christmas to you, your family and friends.

2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
December 23, 2017
Thinking of you Ben often - and especially at this time of year. The impact of your message. . . Pricelesss and timeless.

Yes, I do! ❤
Nikki Ens
December 23, 2017
Ben, just lighting a candle in honor of everyone in heaven.
December 23, 2017
Merry Christmas to all the wonderful people who have posted here! I hope you each know how much Jesus loves you. You are very special and completely loved, and are a "one and only"! A unique creation!

"For you are God's MASTERPIECE, created in the image of Christ Jesus, in order to do good works, which He prepared in advance for you to do! -Ephesians 2:10

Love,
Ben's Mom
December 22, 2017
Ben,
In one of your other videos,"Happy Holidays", you almost immediately tell us what matters most to you. You state "God and family..."
You admitted to getting caught up with other issues but you managed to reset your thinking. You had so much to deal with yet your faith was foremost.
You have inspired me to reset my thinking many times now. The number of years that have passed have in no way diminished the importance of your message.
Whenever I thank God for His many blessings, I include you.
December 21, 2017
You continue Ben to be a close friend of mine in spirit now. You were an Angel among us for your short time here on earth. You impacted my life so dearly. So many lives. And now especially during Christmas. I give thanks to God for your life. Your purpose, Your message. And your beautiful smile. And most of all for Jesus.Our savior. Who gave his life to save ours.
Karl
December 17, 2017
Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know.Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
Author:Helen Keller
December 7, 2017
I still remember the impact I felt reading about Ben's story, just like it was yesterday!!! I still think of him this time of year! Truly amazing guy!!!
Deborah Hyman
December 6, 2017
Ben,
Today I was trying to imagine what you experienced in your trip to heaven's shore. Your life after life experience.
"The most quiet you ever heard." That's such an amazing quote. I think about that often. And to think, you're right there now in heaven with God.
God and all those who are there with you get to see that special smile of yours. I know I too will have an opportunity to meet you and see for myself that beaming bright smile.
The message in your video is timeless.
November 23, 2017
HELLO BEN I WISH YOU HAPPY HOLIDAY'S
I KNOW YOU CAN'T HEAR ME BUT I STILL
KEEP YOU IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
AND KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN
MY PRAYERS AND YOU ARE STILL MISSED
BY EVERYONE ON SUCH A GREAT PERSON
AND SHOWED BY THE LIVES YOU TOUCHED
ON EARTH YOU HAD A BIG LOVING HEART
AND CARED AND SO YOU WERE REWARDED
IN HEAVEN HEAVEN GOT A AWESOME ANGEL
IN HEAVEN SO SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND
SOAR AND ONE DAY WE WILL BE TOGETHER
IN HEAVEN WITH YOU THANK YOU JESUS
AND MY HEART STILL GOES OUT TO
FAMILY AND FRIENDS I WISH THAT
WE MET AND FRIEND AND YOU COULD
TEACH ME HOW TO SURF AND OTHER
THINGS YOU WERE GOOD AT

YOUR BROTHER AND FRIEND
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
OUR LORD AND SAVIOR ALSO
OUR LORD OF LORDS AND
KING OF KINGS

SORRY FOR IT BEING SO SMALL
I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIX IT

JOSEPH ZACK ANDERS 3
JOSEPH ANDERS
November 22, 2017
So thankful to you Ben. Your personal faith still very inspiring.
November 15, 2017
Ben,
Thinking about you today. That sweet,joyful and kind smile of yours always reminds me of the goodness in this world.
October 26, 2017
HEY BEN I HAVE NOT FORGOT ABOUT YOU
ITS STILL HARD KNOWING THAT YOU ARE
GONE AND YOU ARE MISSED TODAY JUST
LIKE YOUR DAY OF PASSING I AM STILL
KEEPING YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS
DAILY AND AT CHURCH AND YOUR FAMILY
AND FRIENDS LOVE YOU VERY VERY MUCH
AND STILL MISS YOU AND BEN YOU WERE
ONE OF A KIND AND WAS A SPECIAL
PERSON TO ALL YOU ALSO LEFT A MARK
ON EARTH BY THE LIVES YOU TOUCHED
AND LOVED I WISH I COULD OF MET
YOU AND YOU WOULD OF BEEN A GREAT
FRIEND YOU COULD OF TAUGHT ME HOW
TO WATER SKI I BET THAT YOU ARE
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ANGEL with a
AWESOME VOICE YOU AND THE WIDEST
WINGS BUT DON'T WORRY BEN ONE
DAY WE WILL ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN
ONE DAY AND WHAT A BLESSING THAT
WOULD BE REST IN PEACE
ME BROTHER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
OUR LORD & SAVIOR THE LORD OF
LORDS AND THE KING OF KINGS
JOSEPH Z ANDERS 3
JOSEPH ANDERS
October 25, 2017
I Just watched the video of your precious son and brother Ben and it brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing young man. He was given a gift and was put on this earth to be a messenger for God. He was given the miracle of experiencing heaven's spirituality. It is a feeling of serenity, peace, warmth and the deepest love that cannot be described in simple words. When my mother passed away last year, I was with her and I experienced her spirit surrounding and holding me. It was as if she walked through me. I think God gave me this good-bye gift to show me the grace and light that she was entering into His heavenly place. It was amazing and I know Heaven is real and beautiful. Be assured we will be with our loved ones again. It is His promise.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Sincerely,
Mary
Mary Peloquin
October 22, 2017
Dear Deanne,
I posted that prayer here. It's typed out on a little piece of paper that I use as a bookmark. Lately it has been residing in a very much loved and frequently referred to book, "When Will the Heaven Begin." I know you're familiar with the story.
My story: Your son's life and video turned me back to God.
To read here that I somehow helped you, his mom... I have no words to describe how deeply I am grateful to God for allowing me to somehow do this.
Whatever rough patch you're going through, please take comfort in knowing many of us have kept Ben's message in our thoughts and hearts.
Sandra
October 19, 2017
To whoever wrote the Peace Prayer of St. Francis,
These words helped me with a very difficult situation that I've been dealing with lately. It helped me take the focus off of my own need for comfort and healing, and instead focus on someone else's need for healing and comfort. Thank you for posting this prayer here! It has really changed my heart for the good.

Thank you and all the others here for honoring Ben. I pray that each of us will take Ben's message and keep our eyes on our God, our Heavenly Father. He is with us always and is there when we need Him. He helps us directly, or through the "hands and feet of Jesus". He helped me today by bringing me to this site to see this beautiful prayer of St. Francis. Thank you, Father, for always loving us and caring for us.
Deanne Breedlove
October 18, 2017
Ben, while I will never know if you were familiar with this prayer, reading it reminded me of you. You were born with a sincere and natural sense of kindness and love and I think that's just the way you lived your life.

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.
October 4, 2017
You were right Ben. If we have any questions or concerns turn to God.
September 13, 2017
Ben,
I learned so much from you, especially the importance of peace of mind and soul. We get so wrapped up in things here; sometimes we actually forget to take care of what matters the most.
I'll never be able to thank you enough for making that video.
August 27, 2017
Ben,
I don't expect anyone you know to see this right now, but our thoughts and prayers are with all Texans dealing with Hurricane Harvey.
I pray your family and friends are okay. So heartbreaking to see the images from there on TV.
Ben, I know you're there somehow with your family.
August 22, 2017
Ben,

I found the nicest article online about your dear brother and his passion and success for wake surfing. He says you're the one who provided the inspiration and encouragement. He feels that same peaceful vibe you always found when flying on the water.
Ben, you started it all and I'm sure you're still there somehow proudly cheering him on.
August 8, 2017
Sandee Garza Schock
August 8, 2017
HELLO BEN BREEDLOVE
I AM STILL KEEPING YOU IN MY THOUGHT AND
PRAYER'S FOR YOUR FAMILY WHO LOVES AND
MISSES YOU MORE TODAY THAN EVER BEFORE
BUT THEY KNOW THAT YOU ARE HAPPY AND
ALSO PAIN FREE TOO AND SOARING LIKE
THE BEAUTIFUL ANGEL THAT YOU ARE AND
HAPPY BUT THE BEST THING IS THAT YOU
AND YOUR FAMILY WILL BE TOGETHER AGAIN
ONE DAY WHEN THEY ARE CALLED TO HOME
IN HEAVEN THEY KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOOKING
DOWN ON THEM AND ARE HAPPY WITH THAT I
KNOW THAT I DIDN'T KNOW YOU BUT ONLY
BY YOUR PASSING I KNOW THAT YOU WOULD
OF MADE A GREAT AND KIND FRIEND AND THE
BEST WAY TO HOLD ON TO SOMEONE YOU LOST
IT TO KEEP THEM IN YOUR HEART AND MEMORIES TOO I BET THAT YOU ARE DOING
JUST FINE THERE WITH JESUS AND SINGING
IN THE ANGELS CHOIR TOO

WELL I WILL TALK TO YOU
AGAIN ONE DAY
YOUR BROTHER BY JESUS CHRIST
OUR LORD A SAVIOR AND GOD
OF GOD'S AND KING OF KINGS

JOSEPH Z ANDERS 3
JOSEPH ANDERS
August 7, 2017
MY Friend,
Wishing you a happy 23rd birthday up there in heaven where we will meet some day and discover we are long lost friends in Christ Almighty.
Hope you are enjoying your earthly gift!
Im NOT ashamed to say YOU are my hero BEN!
luv ya brother,
Tony G.
August 7, 2017
Forever in our hearts.
August 2, 2017
Ben,
Today at the store I noticed a young mom with a toddler. The little boy smiled at me and I was struck by his resemblance to you. He looked so much like one of the pictures of you in your sister's book. Right away I thought, he looks just like Ben! He had that same sweet smile and nice eyes.
Your family and friends must still go through several strong emotions when they look at pictures of you. All those feelings wrapped up into a tight ball, but ultimately love and pride win out.
I know you have a birthday coming up; it's on the same date as one of my relatives. That day brings up a lot of feelings too for your loved ones. But then again, all the love you shared with them never ceases to grow. The knowledge you were "proud" of how you lived your life is a gift to them. The sharing of your life is a gift to all.
July 16, 2017
Ben,
Your life certainly glorified God.

Matthew, 5:15 and 5:16.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
July 12, 2017
I don't know why I was thinking of your story today, Ben but I was and I feel as emotional about it as I was 6 years ago. I didn't know you at all, but you really were a light in this world and you were taken far too soon. I hope you're having a blast in heaven, you beautiful soul
Brittney
July 3, 2017
Ben,
Just thinking about you and my family who have gone on. I'm sure where you are now there is much beauty (not to mention the most awesome lake of all time.) Perfection in God's realm. Something to celebrate every single moment.
June 30, 2017
Hey Brother Ben,
Ive been thinking of you lately and decided that there have been SO many adjectives to describe you, but I think there is only ONE word that describes you best and that word is.....LOVE````````````I know the Lord sent you back 3 times to spread "The WORD" to as many people as you can through your multitude of friends,family and your millions of fans on youtube! ... WE are ALL ONE BIG FAMILY who need love!!!



YOUR BROTHER IN

















Christ, tony G.
June 12, 2017
Hey Ben Buddy! haven't written you in awhile but that's because Ive had the wonderful experience of "meeting" your mom online. What a wonderful lady. Full of optimism and zest for life. In the short time Ive known her she has inspired me to work at overcoming my depression! Our Lord certainly blessed you with an outstanding family. Im sure your so proud of Ally, Jake your mom and dad. Ben, do me a favor please, when you see my mom, tell her I said Hi and that we miss and LOVE her each and every passing day! Can`t wait to join the party up there in heaven Ben where I know YOU will be the LIFE of the party, next to Our Almighty father and Lord Jesus Christ of course! :-)....Luv ya buddy!!
June 6, 2017
Ben, you're on my mind.
May 26, 2017
WELL HELLO BEN BREEDLOVE
I AM STILL THINKING OF YOU ON YOUR PASSING
THE EARTH LOST A VERY VERY SPECIAL PERSON
HERE ON EARTH BUT JESUS CALLED YOU HOME TO
HEAVEN AND YOU ARE STILL VERY MUCH MISSED
ON EARTH SO BE THE GREAT SOARING ANGEL
THAT YOU ARE YOU WERE A AWESOME PERSON
AND TOUCHED SO MANY LIVE WHILE HERE ON EARTH BUT YOU WONT BE UP THERE ALONE
LONG BECAUSE WE WILL ALL BE TOGETHER
AGAIN ONE DAY AND WHAT A DAY THAT WILL
BE AS LONG AS EVERYONE REMEMBERS YOU
YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN BUT ALIVE
IN SPIRIT AND YOUR MOM & DAD AND FAMILY
AND FRIENDS WERE SO VERY VERY PROUD OF
YOU WITH YOU & YOU NEVER MET A STRANGER
YOU WERE SO KIND AND HAD A LOVING HEART
TO ALL YOU MET AND TREATED THEM WITH
RESPECT IF I HAD A BROTHER YOU WOULD BE
THE KIND I WOULD WANT MY BROTHER PASSED
AWAY WHEN I WAS LITTLE BUT I WILL SEE
HIM AGAIN ONE DAY GOD BLESS YOU AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS I GUESS THAT WE ARE
RELATED BY JESUS CHRIST OUR KING AND
THE KING OF KING'S AND THE LORD OF
LORD'S

YOUR FRIEND
JOSEPH Z ANDERS 3
5-26-2017
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JOSEPH ANDERS
May 25, 2017
Ben,
I just wanted you to know I end up thinking about you every time I hear about a young person who has passed away. All that potential gone... or is it? Are you all truly gone or do you have the ability to grow, learn and be productive in heaven? I think the answer is... yes. I find it hard to believe that our Father who gave us the ability to think and act would simply just let that end at our passing.
I end up thinking about you in particular due to your video and your courage and willingness to share your story.
The Bible talks about the "fruit of our labor." Ben, the seed you planted is still alive.
God bless you Ben.
May 12, 2017
HELLO BEN BREEDLOVE
I AM STILL THINKING ABOUT YOUR PASSING
AND YOU ARE STILL MISSED BY PASSING
BY EVERYONE YOU WERE SO SPECIAL TO SO
MANY FAMILY AND FRIENDS BUT WE DON'T
HAVE TO WORRY BECAUSE WE WILL ALL BE
TOGETHER AGAIN ONE DAY IN HEAVEN AND
WHAT A TIME THAT WILL BE MY HEART STILL
SAD FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIEND'S YOUR ABSENTS AND THEIR LOSS AND
SO SORE LIKE THE ANGEL THAT YOU ARE
AND WAIT FOR US ALL TO BE TOGETHER
AGAIN ONE DAY I BET THAT YOU ARE A
AWESOME LOOKING ANGEL AND STILL
HAVE A CARING HEART LIKE YOU HAD
ON EARTH

GOD BLESS YOUR
FAMILY AND YOUR
FRIENDS

YOUR BROTHER THROUGH
JESUS CHRIST THE KING
OF KING'S AND LORD'S
OF LORDS
JOSEPH Z ANDERS 3
JOSEPH ANDERS
May 11, 2017
Ben,
I still have an article People magazine wrote about you and your video. I keep it tucked in my Bible and read it over again now and then.
Wikipedia informs us you are known for being "...an American Internet personality from Austin, Texas, known for his vlogs on YouTube."
My copy of your sister's book is one of my favorites and I still read from it and find things I somehow missed before.
Your many videos continue to be viewed and keep on inspiring us.
Ben, your legacy is one of truth, hope and unconditional love.
We'll never forget you.
April 24, 2017
Ben,
Thinking about you and that sweet smile of yours always makes me smile but I still bad for those who never had an opportunity to know about you.
I pray to God quite often that if someone is in need of extra help they will somehow come across your video or your sister's book.
Ben, you've been a blessing to many of us.
April 13, 2017
Hey Buddy, 0
Just wanted to say HI my "friend in Christ".Have not written you in over a month, so its time for another"dose of Ben" :-). What a great family you have!Your mom had a huge stroke of good fortune when our Lord gave her you! You were as close to God on this earth as anyone ever has been.
As millions of folks here on earth mention,we feel as if "we KNOW you".With that said I`ll say see you when its MY time.
Love ya
"brother"

Tony
April 3, 2017
Ben,
Your time on Earth was important.
You faced your Creator feeling confident and proud of how you lived your life. I thank God for giving you the time to share that with us.
Feeling more alive than when you were alive! Incredible to some, but I believe you.
Ben, I never met you but feel proud of you and your accomplishments. You are still a powerful sign and reminder to us.
March 28, 2017
i am so touched by your story. I went through the same thing and I suffer from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy as well although I have never had any experience like yours. much love to the family
SadieAnn Shepherd
March 27, 2017
Hi Ben
I will never forget you with your message. It still keeps me grounded .. The meaning of your message and the importance of it..Your message is everlasting. I will say thank you now. But some day Ben...I will have the pleasure to thank you in person.
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