Little Blessed One

The cancer died at 1:15am this morning, and our Bennett is now healed and alive in heaven!

Bennett Thomas Coleman changed more lives in his short 21 months on earth then some of us do in a lifetime. And I am completely honored that the Lord chose our family to love and care for him.

I remember when we were pregnant with him and trying to decide his name. The name Bennett was always an option because that is Ben’s name (George Bennett Coleman). And when I looked up the meaning, I just knew.

Bennett means “little blessed one” and that he is. And we are blessed because of him.

For each of our kids, we’ve picked out a verse to pray over them as they grow. Here’s Bennett’s that was picked before he was born…

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him. (Jeremiah 17:7)

Simply perfection. Not only is his confidence and trust in the Lord, but Bennett is with Him now. There is no question and no fear if he is being cared for. He is being loved by the One who created him from the beginning. The One who had a perfect plan for his short life.

And what brings me comfort today is knowing that the only thing Bennett ever knew was love. He will never be defeated by anything. He will never be heartbroken. He will never be disappointed. But now he will always be healed! Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for my baby.

Still, there is sadness we feel not being able to hug him and hear his laugh. What we realized today though, was that Bennett got his healing…and now it’s our turn. It’s time to mourn, grieve and heal. It’s easy to try to rush through healing as well as try and ignore your need for it. We won’t be doing either. So, it’s time to rest, celebrate Bennett’s life and let the healing begin. Thank you to everyone for joining us on this journey. And I promise you that it is not over yet. I’m confident that his little life will continue to touch others.

Below are the details for the Celebration Service for Bennett that you are all invited to…

Celebration Service
Saturday, May 3
The Bayou Church, 2234 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
9-11am Visit with the Family
11am Service
PLEASE WEAR BLUE! It is our favorite color that Bennett looked great in and want this time to be a celebration of who he was!
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to St. Jude in honor of Bennett Coleman.

Thank you for loving us. Thank you for loving our Bennett.

81 Comments

  1. My prayers was for him everyday I was at church when we heard and was going to St Jude’s God bless you and give you rest. Ben did my adult member class best day of my life to decide to do.

    1. Even though I never had the pleasure of meeting this precious baby boy or any of you I prayed and believed for a miracle. I know that he is playing with my little one in Heaven “Jordy” who we said goodbye to at 3 1/2. In 1992. Still praying for Gods peace that surpasses all understanding for you and your family. Blessings

    2. My sweet little nephew Jake will be there waiting for him in Heaven’s play yard. Bennett will like playing with Jake, too. I’m Praying for your family’s peace.

  2. The heavens were blessed today with this beautiful baby boy. Our hearts are with your hearts during this time of sadness and healing ahead. Love sent to all of your family from the Slaters

  3. Megan, the strength that you and Ben have is an inspiration. Bennett was a gift to us all. You have been on my mind for weeks and whenever I thought about you I’d say a little prayer for him. That will continue. I will pray that you, Ben, Davis and Reid will continue to find comfort and peace through your faith in God.

  4. I never met Bennet, but over the last several months his story and your blogs have been so inspirational and encouraging to me! Just as you said, the influence he had in his short life was incredible. Only God could use someone as (seemingly) insignificant as a child for such a huge purpose. I love you Ben and Megan and I wish I could be there with you to grieve and celebrate.

  5. May The Lord bless you with comfort and healing during the next part of this journey. God Bless You all.

  6. Precious Bennett touched so many lives. Lives of people that never had the opportunity to meet him. I thank you for sharing Bennett’s journey. Just know that this journey has touched my life and I know many others. Praying for Gods peace, love and comfort to surround the Coleman Family.

  7. I wish you all peace as you begin to heal and celebrate Bennett’s amazing little life. His sweet smile has touched my heart more than words can say. Although I can’t attend his Celebration Service, I will be there in spirit and look forward to seeing a sea of blue in the pictures!

  8. There are not enough words to express how I feel about this. Your family is in our prayers as we know, Bennett will be missed.

  9. It is so true how much Bennett made a difference in such a short time. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  10. I met you,Megan, at a women’s conference at Tall Timbers and you were pregnant for Bennett. You spoke of how special your family was and that has been so evident through your family’s journey. I have prayed for all of you since I heard of Bennett’s diagnosis and I am just heartbroken for all of you. You all will continue to be in my prayers for healing and comfort from our Father!

  11. Our hearts hurt with you and rejoice that Bennett is in his forever home, the home that he was created to be in. With sad hearts we welcome you into the club of parents whose kids have crossed into Paradise before we have. We love you guys and are filled with love for you as you have shared this journey with all of us. As you know, Kathy and I are out of the country and will be unable to be with you on May 3rd, but we will be there is the Spirit and in Prayer. Just know that we are there for you. Bill and Kathy

  12. We prayed for your family at our dinner table tonight. I will Bennett in my heart for years to come. Your strength and faith have been a witness to me & many others. Thank you for sharing Bennett and his story with us. I will be thinking of you on Saturday, and looking towards heaven, knowing that Bennett is healed and with Jesus, watching his life’s celebration!

  13. Your Little Bleesed One is playing hopscotch with my Little One. I look forward to playing with them one day. I don’t think often of the baby we lost but today I am crying for us both. May the Lord comfort you as only he can.

  14. Your faith is inspiring to so many. We all promise you our prayers in this time, but we owe you thanks for how you are teaching us. I know you are not Catholic but I would like to share a Scripture from the Book of Wisdom. Ch 4: 13-14 that speaks as you did about the happiness Bennett has been called to. “Having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career; for his soul was pleasing to The Lord, therefore He sped him out of the midst of wickedness.”

  15. We are celebrating Bennett’s life with you even though we won’t be there in person for the celebration. Please know that each of you will be in our hearts and prayers for many days to come as you grieve and mourn this precious little boy. We love you and we continue to stand with you. Thank you for continuing to share your journey with us. We love you all.

  16. Dearest Ben, Megan, Davis, Reide, Grandpaents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins and family, we extend our love, hugs and comfort to you. We breath a sigh of relief that his struggle is over, his pain is ended, no more needles, not more meds, he rests. We cannot grasp the depths of your sorrow, but we have seen your great faith, great love and great grace. Only one explanation can be given: Christ Jesus. We look to heaevn where we will see him. (2 Samuel 12:23) You have given us guidance by the Light of Christ to walk this valley with you. We follow your lead.
    Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:12, 13 NLT) Love remains.

  17. My heart is breaking for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. He is with angels running and playing. May God help to ease your pain.

  18. Thank you for involving us in Bennett’s journey. We praise God for His healing and we know where
    Bennett is and I look forward to meeting him one day. I do feel for you and all your family and I do
    pray for your healing and that God will show you what He has for your future. I sent you a book
    title The Signs of God ” ARE EVERYWHERE” I do pray that you will be encouraged through it. There is a poem I pray will encourage you it’s titled, It’s Then
    In Christ’s Love
    God Bless
    Connie L. Parmenter

  19. Your family remains in my prayers. What an impact his life has already had. Your faith and strength shine bright through this darkness.

  20. Sending continued prayers to you, Ben, Davis, and Reide. Honored to be able to celebrate Bennett this Saturday!

  21. Prayers that God continues to give you comfort and peace as you grieve, heal and rest! I never had the pleasure of meeting Bennett but I feel like I knew him well, and his story as well as your family is a true inspiration and testament of Faith in God!
    God Bless you All!

  22. So sorry for your loss. You will all be in our prayers. Thank you for sharing your little boy with us, he has truly changed our lives. And as hard as it is to see him gone from the physical world, I’m glad he will have no more pain. RIP Bennett. Fly high with all the Angels ♡

  23. Thank you, Dear Ones, for giving me this opportunity to walk in prayer with your family. The vision God has given you for your dear Bennett is profound. The love you know in our Savior will guide you through this tough time. I will continue in prayer for you as I was for Bennett.

  24. We are so sorry for your loss!! Your family has touched more people than you will ever know!! Bennett has truly been such an inspiration, thank you so much for sharing him with us!!! My heart is truly broken for you but I am so thankful he will suffer no more!!

  25. I have never met you but have followed your story and offered up my prayers for your adorable son. As a mother, I am so so sorry. God Bless you and heal you.

  26. Oh no dear ones….Thank You!! Praise God for Bennett’s precious life here and his “new” life with Him! Love to all.

  27. Your family’s undying faith has touched me tremendously over these past months. I feel like I too knew Bennett through your beautiful eyes, heart and soul. My thoughts are with you in your healing process. Much love……

  28. Sending our love, our shared tears, and our confident faith that Bennett’s life will continue to profoundly impact the multitudes. Megan and Ben, you have inspired my husband and I to trust in Jesus more as we walk through our own trials. Our walls are covered in the scriptures you shared for Bennett posted now for our own baby girl. Thank you for sharing your journey of faith. We will continue to pray for your family as you mourn and celebrate the life of your “little blessed one.”

  29. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1Peter 1:6 You are loved and supported through the rest of your journey. Baby Bennett is loved and supported in the arms of Jesus.

  30. I am so very sorry for your loss and am humbled by your strength and courage. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  31. I cannot begin to thank you guys for the testimony that you have given to our Lord during this time. You have truly shown your love for him. We will continue to pray for you as you mourn, grieve, heal, and praise. god bless you!

  32. Hey Ben and Megan,
    This post is a beautiful tribute to God’s goodness in the midst of pain and to the great and precious value of Bennett’s life. I’m thinking of you and praying for you and the kids. What a blessing you are, to so many people! May God be your strength, always.

    Your friend,
    Alyssa

  33. May God continue to bless your beautiful family with a faith like I have never witnessed in my life. Thank you for sharing his sweet life with us and teaching so many of us true faith. I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for you all.

  34. What a glorious God we serve! As a mother, my heart aches for your earthly loss. At the same time I sing praises to our God who answered our prayers. While not in the way our heart’s desired, we trust in our Saviour’s perfect plan and give thanks for His perfect healing of your beautiful son. I have not had the honor to meet your family, however, I have been tremendously blessed as you shared this intimate and difficult and triumphant journey with us. My prayers will continue for your family as you celebrate Baby Bennett’s precious life this week. May God bless your family in a mighty way!

  35. Could you please let me know if there going to be live streaming of the service, so we can be part of it here in Australia. Please be assured of our love and prayers for you and the family.

  36. Please know that your precious blue-eyed Angel has touched my life for the last few months. I have prayed with you and for you. I don’t know the right words to comfort but I know Jesus will comfort you. Thank you for sharing Bennett with us.

  37. How wonderful to only know love in a lifetime. Your perspective is an inspiration, and so is Bennett. My children – our family – has changed because of Bennett (and your family) – our faith is stronger than before. Praying for your healing and peace.

  38. I have been praying for your family and heart breaks for you. Your posts have given me encouragement this week. I continue to pray for your family.

  39. I am so saddened with So many tears for y’all! I am so sorry! I cant’t think of any other words but Jesus lives and so does Bennett with him now! God Bless and comfort you in your next chapter of Life without Bennett here on earth!

  40. I’m just so glad Bennett didn’t have a long period of suffering and that u loved him SO much.

    Please tell grand daddy that Mary Bradley Law sends love to all!

  41. I have never met your family or sweet Bennett, but your story has been such a blessing to me. Little Bennett and your family are in my heart and I will be praying for healing for your family. Bennett is now with the King of Kings rejoicing in Heaven. Thank you for sharing your journey with me and thankyou, Bennett, for touching my life with your life.

  42. My heart aches for your sweet family!! I shed tears today as I read about sweet Bennett’s passing. I never had the pleasure of meeting any of you but your love …faith….and trust in the Lord has been a inspiration. May God wrap his loving arms around you & give you peace . Sincerely The Brewer Family.

  43. Thank you for sharing your faith and strength with us. Bennett, and your family , have had a huge impact on many who have followed your posts. We know Bennett, the little blessed one, lives in the loving arms of Jesus. May God cover you in comfort, peace, and rest.

  44. Father, indeed we are honored to have been part of that prayer wall surrounding Your precious lil angel. Even though we grieve at the loss of our young children ; what peaceful joy comforts this blessed family to have been rendered such a loving gift from you to care for even though for a short while. We are sure your angelic entourage awaited him, joyfully and pain-free with open arms as he was ushered into Your kingdom. What a blessed day that shall be when all our loved ones shall be waiting for us for that glorious reunion! May Your loving arms comfort his family and rest in Your sweet peace. sincerely, gloria

  45. I will continue to pray for your family. I am so sorry for your pain, but so happy for Bennett. God Bless your family.

  46. I was just praying for him this morning. Little did I know he was already in the arms of our Savior much better off than the rest of us. I am so so sorry that he is not with you anymore, but so thrilled for him that he is in heaven rejoicing in our good and perfect loving God.

  47. For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim reflection, but then we shall see in reality and face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly. 1Cor. 13:12. Praying for the entire family.
    The Kiker Family

  48. I live in Memphis and am a good friend of Donna and Krista’s. I have never met you, but feel as if I have.
    Tonight I read these words and with tears in my eyes, I share them with you. These words are from John as he has received the great revelation. He has seen our LORD and this is what he saw…
    “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One. I was dead, and behold, I am alive for ever and ever! AND I HOLD THE KEYS OF DEATH AND HADES.”
    Because He is the Living One and has locked up the victory power of Death, your Bennett lives! I am so thankful. I join the masses of people who will be praying for your family as you grieve.

  49. Baby Bennett is in Heaven with my Aminah with no more pain. God does no wrong. He loans us our children for a little while and he takes to be with him in Heaven. We know where they are and who they’re with and that along is peace. You too will have that same peace as myself someday. Carry his spirit with you everywhere you go. I pray your strength in the Lord, for he is the only one who can guide you through such an ordeal. Be encouraged. Hugs and kisses to your family from mine. We love you all very much.

  50. May you feel the love of The Lord and the love from us around the world who pray for you and our Baby Bennett.

  51. I know how you are feeling bc I lost my daughter over 4 yrs. ago. Bennett’s smile & story have touched me deeply. My prayers are with your whole family. If God has babysitters in Heaven I know my Jamie is taking care of him too. She loved children, even though she didn’t have any of her own. She took care of her step son from age 16 mos.-4 yrs. old. I miss her so much, she was 35. May The Lord be with y’all always. And I suggest you both write a book about Bennett someday, The Lord has surely given you the spiritual gift of writing words.

  52. So thankful that NOTHING can separate us from the Love of God. Praying for peace & healing for your family. Much love to all of you. I went to high school with Martha. God bless you.

  53. Oh, this saddens my heart. I don’t know you, and I just started following your blog 2 days ago. I hate cancer. It takes so many before their time. But, I also can be happy as you are that he has been reborn into a world with no pain and full of the best kind of joy. There, he will be waiting for you. God bless you guys. I will pray for your eyes to always be on heaven.

  54. From our family of five that includs three little ones that are the same ages as yours, our hearts go out to your family and Bennett. He us in a wonderful place now, and we are praying for you and him!

  55. I’ve never met your family, however was made aware of your sweet baby boy thru Facebook. My heart aches for you all. Your family will continue to be in my thoughts & prayers.

  56. I was so saddened when I read your post this morning. So soon. I had only read your first post a couple of days ago when a friend shared it on his page. I have been praying for all of you in the last couple of days and today rejoice and and am saddened at the same time. Yes, your little one is safe in the arms of perfect LOVE. I will continue to read as you make this journey. May our Lord bless you today and comfort you in the days ahead.
    In His Service,
    Sandra Kelly Denham Springs, La.

  57. Oh my Megan and Ben, what a perfect name and verse to go with it. He was a blessing to us all. We have all been challenged in our prayer life and our faith. Praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know it has to be harder than any if us can even imagine. I have thank God that He does understand and can comfort in a way we cannot. Please know we love you, will continue to pray for you and loved your sweet Bennett. God is Good even when we don’t understand and he is faithful. Much love to each of you. Karen and Kent Jennings

  58. Fly, fly little wing
    Fly beyond imagining
    the softest cloud, the whitest dove
    upon the wind of heavens love
    past the planets and stars
    leave this lonely world of ours escape the sorrow and the pain and fly again

    fly, fly precious one
    your endless journey has begun
    take your gentle happiness
    far too beautiful for this
    cross over to the other shore
    there is peace forever more
    But hold this memory bittersweet until we meet

    fly, fly do not fear
    don’t waste a breath
    don’t shed a tear
    Your heart is pure, your soul is free
    be on your way don’t wait for me above the universe you’ll climb
    on beyond the hands of time
    the moon will rise
    The Sun will set, but I won’t forget

    fly, fly little wing
    Fly where only angels sing
    Fly away the time is right
    Go now, find the light

    …..Celine Dion

    Rest in peace baby love

  59. Deepest sympathy for your loss. Bennett is so lucky to have a wonderful and loving family. I worked with your Mom and have been reading your posts over the last few months. Your family will be in my prayers.

  60. Even though we have only known of Bennett’s story a very short time, my heart goes out to you and your family. What courage and strength you have shown. God chose correctly…as always.

  61. Praying for all of you and thankful that you know that Bennett is with Jesus. What a comfort. I loved your little boy even though I’ve never met any of you.

  62. I’m thankful JB forwarded your “sharing” of Bennett with us. While mourning your loss, your faith and approach to this have been extraordinary. A pilot traveling to work at the moment, I will say a special prayer from 33000 feet for Bennett and his family. May you bask in the joy he brought into your life.

  63. We have never met but I’ve been following your family on Facebook. Bennett is indeed healed! Praise God! What a wonderful outlook you already have and that is because you KNOW!!!! YOU SERVE A RISEN KING AND SAVIOR!!! We do not grieve as a people who has no hope! You will be reunited soon!
    Bennett is lighting up heaven with that smile! Just thinking about him healed and whole I know makes your heart sing! Celebrate his life! Celebrate his healing! Celebrate that he is redeemed from the curse of sin and heartache, as you said! God is always good and your sweet “blessed one” is waiting!! Praying for your family, your son and daughter, you and your husband as you learn a new normal!! Believing in our Creator who loves us more than we can ever know to hold your hands high in worship and praise when you cannot!!

  64. My heart breaks for your family. Our prayers are with you all as you heal. He is in the Lord’s care now & free of suffering. May He guide you through your time of grief so that soon it is only the sweetest of memories that come to your mind when you are thinking of him.

  65. I had the privilege of taking care of Bennett in Angelfish A for several months. What a joy he was. So sweet! I am blessed to have known him.

  66. God bless your family with abundance comfort and peace. We’ve already seen that you all have found comfort and peace in our God, and We’ll continue to pray that He will pour more and more in to your whole family and also in to everyone else, where ever they are around the globe, who seek comfort from God. Thank you so much for sharing your faith and strength with us. Rest In Peace Little Blessed One.

  67. Lové surrounds, calls, hears, answers…
    we are here, you are there,
    together we will be
    Forever in eternity.

  68. I am up late praying for your family as I read about the celebration on Facebook. In the past I stopped to pray for Bennett but now that he is free from pain and suffering, I will pray for yours… every time I think about you, see your pictures, or read your blog. God is going to bless your faithfulness and security in His plans in your healing. But I will still be praying that every time of sadness will end joy, every time of turmoil will end in rest in the Savior’s arms, and every time of brokenness will end in a covering of His peace. Thinking of you and praying for you often.

  69. I have been away, but my thoughts and prayers were for you even though I did not know Bennett had gone to Heaven. I am now sad for you and will still ask God to comfort your entire family. May God continue to bless you as you transition back to ministry full-time, just know it will never be the same with your little one gone, even knowing he is in the arms of our dear Savior.

  70. Continuous prayers for your family. We are so sorry for the loss of Bennett in your family, but rejoicing he’s with his Savior, and humbled by your witness.
    You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.
    Psalm 10:17

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