I’ve been back and forth about whether or not to share today’s post because I was really just an outsider looking in. But the family has been very public with this journey and there is so much hope in the resurrection story so I’ve decided to share.
On April 28th, Megan Coleman began a blog entry this way, “The cancer died at 1:15am this morning, and our Bennett is now healed and alive in heaven!” Her youngest son, Bennett was only 21 months old. He has been at St Jude’s since Christmas when they discovered that he had cancer. We only met Bennett once when we took food to his family in March, but he was a sweet boy. He loved Veggie Tales just like my nephew did at that age. He smiled and had eyes that lit up when he laughed. And he looked great in blue.
I got a phone call Monday afternoon to let me know that Bennett was in heaven now and a request. The family planned to spread his ashes on Wednesday and wanted to know if I would be willing to photograph that special ceremony. Of course I said yes. My heart was breaking for this family so I was glad that I had a tangible way to serve and love them.
I could write a book about the emotions Christopher and I have experienced in the last week. But this quote from a book very dear to my heart sums it up best:
“Even when it seems like death has won, the story of Easter echoes from the empty tomb that death couldn’t hold Jesus, and death still can’t hold us. Death doesn’t get the last word. Jesus wins!” – Scarred Faith
Say a prayer for the Coleman family as they adjust to life without Bennett. And hug your loved ones an extra time today.