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!