Loving fathers know how to make an impact on their children’s lives even if their own’s is at risk, and this young dad from Michigan is a blaring example of that.
Ray Lucas, 23, ran into the basement of his burning home to rescue his baby daughters, suffering severe burns in the process.
He says he went to the gas station with his girlfriend and when they returned 15 minutes later, their home was on fire. “The house was engulfed in smoke, I saw my mom and my niece were standing at the door and they were frantic,” Lucas said.
Inside the basement were his 18-month old daughters, Milan and Malaysia, who were sleeping there. “I just knew I had to get my babies out,” he said. “That’s what went through my mind.”
The thick smoke in the room prevented Lucas from being able to see where he was going and he had to navigate his home based on sheer memory. “You really couldn’t see your hand in front of your face,” he said. “I really only found my babies due to my memory, just knowing where they were and knowing how to get to them.”
Both girls were taken to an intensive care unit, Malaysia was treated for severe burns and Milan suffered smoke inhalation and second-degree burns. Lucas was treated for smoke inhalation and second-degree burns. “I was temporarily blind for three days and they said it was a miracle I could see,” he said.
“I’ve got burns on my arms, but for the most part, everyone is still here,” Lucas said. What a profound statement from this young man who lost everything in the fire but managed to save his two daughters. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help them recover.
2 Thessalonians 3:3-5 NIV 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.