Monday, March 9, 2009

Please Join Me In Prayer


I just got home from the hospital. Benjamin was born after 8 this evening and I am so grateful I had the honor to meet and hold him. His family is doing as well as can be expected. He is healed and happy in Heaven, but his earthly family still needs your prayers in the days ahead as they learn to live without their sweet boy. Please continue to lift this fantastic family up in prayer. Also feel free to leave a message on their Caringbridge for them or even here and I will get it to them.

Thank you also to the many of you who have prayed for my heart in all of this. I never cease to be amazed by God's grace. It is truly sufficient. I am so honored that I have been given the honor of walking this road alongside this family. My heart overflows with love for them and I pray that He continues to show me how to comfort those who are hurting with the comfort he has so graciously bestowed upon me.

I have had the distinct honor and privilege to walk alongside a family for the past few months of a blessed little boy named Benjamin. Benjamin had been diagnosed with Trisomy 18 earlier in his mommy's pregnancy and he has been such a fighter despite the odds against him.

Last night his family learned that he had been called Home this weekend and his mom is headed in to the hospital to be induced to deliver him today. My heart is fully broken for this family who feels so cheated out of the time they hoped to have with him. Please join me in prayer for them today and in the days ahead.

They have a Caringbridge site and would appreciate any encouragement and prayers as they try to process all of what has happened.

I ask that you pray for Stephanie, the mommy as she is induced. They are guessing he entered the Kingdom of Heaven sometime Friday or Saturday so she is eager to have him yet frightened about how his looks may have changed. Please pray for a quick delivery free of complications. They are already dealing with so much. Please pray for Ben's daddy, Shawn as he says hello and goodbye to his only son. Pray for Shawn and Stephanie to find a way to grieve together and lean on each other and our Father through the unimaginable pain they are feeling. Please also pray for their two sweet daughters Kelly and Rachel. Pray for their little hearts. They are very young. Pray that Shawn and Stephanie can find the answers they need for how to include the girls yet not frighten them.

I know that God is with this family and I know they are relying on Him, but I also remember vividly how overwhelming the pain is both physically and mentally and I am just praying that He takes care of every detail in their worries and makes any decisions they have to make clear. I pray that their meeting Benjamin, even though he has already made his entry into Heaven is peaceful and beautiful. Please please join me. I am hoping to go see them later today and am praying for God to help me to comfort them with the comfort I have received myself.


Suzie said...

Praying for this dear family!

Christa @ Quintooples said...

Thank you for sharing their story Kristy. I will be praying for them today, and I will be giving extra hugs to my beautiful blessings.

jendakerr said...

We are praying with you..

Sandi said...

Will be praying for them. We lost our son Jonah to t-18 almost seven years ago. My heart breaks for is hard to labor knowing the outcome.
I just came across your blog today. I look forward to exploring more.

phreedumb004 said...

You have our prayers too!

phreedumb004 said...

You have our prayers too!

Devin said...

I saw your update about this on FB, and I have been praying.

Poor family....this is such a difficult thing to have to go through. Thank you for reaching out to them to be a help Kristy. God has given you some amazing opportunities to minister to others...I am so glad your heart is tender towards this and you are doing what He has called you to!

Laura said...

Will you give her a hug for me too? What a gift to be so close to them...I am praying for them and you too as you walk so closely with Stephanie.

Emily said...

You are living this one out LOUD, sweet Kristy:

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort."

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

I'm praising God for Benjamin Thomas and standing in the gap for his broken hearted, blessed family.