Tomorrow is a big day

Wrapping Up A Great Weekend

Today has definitely been an emotional one for me (Megan). I had to say goodbye to Davis and Reide but thankfully they were in great spirits as they left. Here is our family all together…

And I’m also emotional about Bennett’s biopsy in the morning. I think it’s when it will all become very real to me with what is happening to my baby. When I was in pre-op the other day, the surgeon was showing me the Hickman Line that will be inserted in his chest. Here is the picture I took of it and also a diagram of how it will be placed…

It will be inserted under his collar bone and the tubing will go directly into his vessel right to the heart. This is where they will administer the chemotherapy so the heart pumps it into the body. Can you see why all of this is becoming so real to me now? I just don’t know how I will feel to see this thing hanging out of his chest. My biggest job will be to keep Bennett from pulling it out…I think I would pass out if that happened!

For the procedure, Bennett will be sedated and have a tracheal tube. He will then be admitted to the hospital afterward for a day or two to be monitored. But here is an encouraging email I just got tonight from our oncologist (she is great!)…

Hi Megan. I hope that you have had a nice weekend and that Bennett’s RSV and ear infection are better. I just want to let you know that his hearing test and cardiac function tests from last week are normal. I am sure that you all are nervous about tomorrow; but please know that you are in good hands. Tomorrow is the first step in figuring out what is wrong with Bennett’s liver and starting his path to health and recovery. Sorry that it has taken a week to get to this point; but, we should have answers soon. I will find you all in the hospital tomorrow. In case I do not catch you before Bennett’s biopsy, please know that I am thinking of you all. -Sara

So tomorrow is a big day. And we need you to pray. Here’s Ben to share a little with you…

What & How To Pray

As I (Ben) have been thinking through WHAT to pray for,  I also thought it important to share with you HOW to pray. There are obviously lots of ways that many of us pray, but these specific things have been on my mind and I wanted to ask us all to be on the same page.

Pray God’s Word: The Apostle Paul teaches us in Ephesians 6:10-18 that God’s Word has a powerful place in praying for others. I encourage you to read this verse as a reminder that The Word of God is our only offensive weapon God equips us with to do battle. God is fighting for Bennett and is inviting us to join Him there. So here are some verses to read and an example of how to pray through them on behalf of Bennett.

“As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph. He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” (2 Chronicles 20:13-17)

Dear Lord, I lay Bennett in Your hands.  We are not afraid and we thank you that this battle is not our own. This is Your fight to display Your power. We thank You for Your grace and healing power to save Bennett. How wonderful to be Your children and worship a God who fights for us! Guard Bennett, heal him and fight for his life in Jesus’ name!

Here are some other verses to pray over Bennett: Exodus 23:25, Psalm 91:1-7, Isaiah 58:8. I would also encourage you to consider memorizing one of these verses. That way you can quickly recite it throughout the day and pray for Bennett as you think about him.

Fasting: There is no way to summarize the importance of including fasting in your discipline of prayer. Simply put, when you fast, you are saying to God, “Lord, I need You and Your power more than food. I want to see You move in this way more than I want food and drink.” Megan and I will be fasting at different times throughout this journey and I want to invite you to join us. Please consider fasting a day, a meal or something else as a way to pray intentionally for Bennett!

Pray in faith: What is this? How do you know if you are doing it? I think this is one of the most misunderstood things in all of Christianity. Praying in faith speaks to where your faith is placed. When I pray in faith for God to heal Bennett, my faith is in God…not in the way my prayer is answered. Do you see the difference? What I’m asking is that you pray big, giant, miracle sized prayers for my son…without fear. Praying in faith is interceding for others without fear of how God may or may not answer. It’s praying out of the overflow of belief that God is good…belief that His plan is perfect… and is best for Bennett. Pray in faith that the one who is hearing your sweet prayers is moved to work on behalf of those who love Him.

Pray in community: God says that where two or more are gathered, He is there also. He also promises that He is “enthroned on the praises of His people.” We have already gotten notes from sweet friends who have gather together to pray for Bennett. Please consider gathering with one or more people to pray for Bennett. Some of our favorite prayer times have been in community with others.

So with all that said…here are some things to pray for!

  • Pray that the tumor is benign
  • Pray that Bennett’s RSV goes away quickly and that no fever or other symptoms delay the biopsy tomorrow
  • Pray that Bennett recovers well from Monday’s procedure
  • Pray for the surgeon, Dr. Langham, and the other staff assisting him
  • Pray for a good night’s rest for everyone tonight
  • Pray that whatever plan for Bennett’s healing God has, it comes quickly and with as little pain as possible
  • Pray for Davis and Reide to adjust to us not being with them for several more days

Thank you in advance for all you have done for our little man. And we continue to trust the Lord on this journey!

18 Comments

  1. Megan and Ben.

    We have been praying with y’all and reading the updates. So hoping little Bennett dies not have any pain and tomorrow goes well. We are with you in spirit. Take Care. Love. The Slaters

  2. Ben and Megan,
    I wanted to let you all know you are in my thoughts constantly. I have been considering fasting for you and your sweet family. Thank you for suggesting it in this post. Thank you for the updates. Much love, thoughts, and prayer for you.

    k

  3. Praying for your family as you settle into your “new normal.” Praying continually for peace, strength, and understanding. Hoping you get all the love and support you need from those around you (and those you have yet to meet). Praying for complete healing.

  4. Dear Megan and Ben,

    We have been following your journey with sweet Bennett. Please know that Darius and I are continuing to pray for the entire family as well as all the doctors and nurses that are attending to Bennett. We are praying for complete healing from the Great Physician. We have been where you are when are daughter, Amanda was born with a congenital heart defect. We spent many days in some of the country’s best hospitals with some of the world’s leading surgeons. We know you all are in the best hands. May God’s love hold you, His comfort surround you, His strength sustain you, His peace to reign and for His grace to be abundant.

  5. Megan and Ben, will definately be praying and memorizing God’s word along with you and lifting up precious Bennett for a healing touch from our Savior. Also praying for courage, strength, and peace from our Lord for you both. Isaiah 58:8 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.

  6. Ben and Megan,

    Know that you are in my thoughts and I pray frequently throughout the day. Our family is praying for all of you, the doctors, and the staff as well.
    Shalom!

  7. Ben and Megan,
    Jeff and I have been praying for you and little Bennett. We have been keeping track daily of your posts. Thanks for giving us encouragement, teaching, and being able to share in your walk that the Lord is bringing you through. I am keeping the boys up on what is going on, they too send their concern and love.

  8. Dearest Coleman family,
    May the knowledge that the love and prayers of so many bring you added comfort and strength as you move along this path…God is always there with you…as he is with those of us who are lifting Baby Bennett and his family up in prayer…
    …may the Lord bless you and keep you…
    much love The Bergerons Marcee, Kerney and Hannah

  9. Praying through this on Bennets behalf. Thank you for the scripture references as I pray specifically and expectantly.

  10. Ben and Megan,
    After reading your blog tonight all I wanted to do was just put you in my arms and just hold you. No words. Just a comforting hug to let you know how much your Heavenly Father loves you and that HE is holding you tonight.
    All my love,
    Linda Orr

  11. Praying for peace and comfort for ALL of your family! Trust in The Lord and that He has ALL of you in His Favor! Your blogs are such an inspiration and full of testimony! May God wrap his healing arms around Bennett!! Praying!!!

  12. As this day begins my prayers are first with baby Bennett but also Drs and staff. I was excited to know you were at St Jude. You are all in Gods hands and the drs have this guidance Iove your updates you are a beautiful family Prayers through the day and through this process.

  13. Just to let you know have and will be praying for Bennett, the surgeons, and the whole family…we will be checking in later to see how today goes….

  14. A friend of mine posted about Bennett on her FB page — I am praying that you and your family are encouraged today that the Ultimate Warrior is the One.Who.Fights.For.Bennett. Praying too for ‘swift healing’ and accurate answers.

    1. Dear Coleman Family, we have just gotten caught up on your journey with your precious Little One and our hearts are crying out to the Divine Healer in this time of need. We will begin to pray for you as many others join in as well. May you see God’s Mighty Hand over each and every one of you! <, jmp

  15. The journey will be difficult, but my prayers are with you, your family, Bennett, and the whole staff at St. Jude’s. God will see you through this.
    May God bless all of you.

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