The Day of the Phone Call - Pt 2


These blogs are created to give a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration behind the upcoming movie The Favorite. This film hitting theaters in September is based on incredible true events behind The Favorite Movie.
Luke Bernard’s life threatening accident gave him this vision that led him to write the screenplay for The Favorite just months after he was learning how to write all over again due to his traumatic brain injury.

The Favorite Hits Theaters This September::


When I went missing and my parents were trying to find out what happened to me, my sister, Bethany, was there. While my mom was busy calling agencies and hospitals, Bethany posted to my Facebook friends to gather information. Once my mom got the news about the accident and where I was, she had to turn around and call my dad who was in Texas on business. Bethany saw that my mom was unable to speak when it came time to relay the news. Bethany stood in the gap, picked up the phone and called my dad to give him all the details about my accident and that I was in the ICU.

I am so thankful that Bethany was so strong that day. She was a rock for my family, holding all the pieces together and helping my parents as they made arrangements to fly out as soon as possible and meet in Los Angeles.

Once I got home and started my research, I saw a Facebook post of hers that was about a phone conversation I had with her at the hospital.

I told her:

I was laying in so much pain and couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t move. I wanted to scream for mom and dad but I couldn’t speak. I wanted to pray but I couldn’t pray. I just laid there in pain. I didn’t know what my injuries were but God healed me.

Whoa. Reading that makes me realize that not remembering is not a curse. It’s a blessing from God.

But my family does remember.

It was strange and surreal hearing their stories. They had been in so much pain during that time. Just thinking about what they had been through, my heart broke for them so much that I wept.

But, also, it made me realize everyone in my family really cares for me.  

My sister’s example of compassion, grace and strength in time of trouble is such an amazing picture of how God works in our lives. I am blessed to have four sisters and they all showed that same combination of strength and grace.

In a letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote that God spoke to him when he pleaded with the Lord about a struggle he was having. Paul shared what God said to him:  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

I am so in awe of how God reveals himself during times of trial. He has perfect grace and perfect strength. He stands up for us when we can’t speak. He reaches out to us and listens compassionately to our pain.  He never fails. And the weaker we are, the more he can do all of that through us.

A life-threatening crisis can really hurt the people who have to deal with that crisis. But God is more than sufficient to work through us. And, salvation by His grace results in good works.  

Just as God used Bethany to be a blessing to my family, He can use you, too.

The Favorite is a family film due to arrive in theaters nationwide on September 13th, 2019!


March 9, 2013 Luke Bernard was in a near fatal car accident. He entered L.A. County Hospital with barely a pulse. He had a GCS of 3 with dilated and fixed pupils, and had a zero chance of survival. The neurosurgeon performed emergency surgery. A 4 x 5 inch piece of his skull was needed to be removed allowing the damaged brain to swell. Doctors removed two blood clots on his brain. He had two broken vertebrae in his neck and back, as well as facial and rib fractures. Thousands were mobilized to pray for complete recovery. Luke had a miraculous recovery, returning home to Florida after six weeks in the hospital.
Two months after returning home, Luke had a cranioplasty to replace his skull. Those with brain trauma typically have insomnia. Luke was no exception. However, one evening he had a deep sleep and God gave him a dream. The next morning, he was excited that he had slept and told his parents about the dream. His parents encouraged him to write the dream down, believing it would be good for his rehab. One month and 90 pages later, Luke had written the first draft of The Favorite. Six months prior to this, Luke was relearning to write his name.
The Favorite is about two brothers. One brother, Luke, is a star college soccer player verging on a pro career. The other brother, Benjamin perceives his brother is the favorite. Soccer is his father’s favorite sport. Ben pursues MMA fighting in hopes to win his father’s favor.

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