16 November 2009

Praying for Bennett Around The Clock

Many people have asked us for ways to help us since we learned Bennett was critically ill.  The love and support we have felt during such as time as this has been amazing.  Truly, we could never really express what these tangible signs of love have meant to us.

Prayer, a less tangible but just as important sign of love, has also been a real gift.  Many times our hearts have been so heavy, our eyes swimming with tears and our bodies so weak from lack of sleep and stress that we have found a loss of words when we have come to God.  We have forgotten what to ask for, what even to say.

But when we hear (through letters, emails, the blog and phone calls) that we are being thought about and prayed for, we are comforted that others are speaking the words for us, going to God on our behalf.  They are saying the words we cannot say.

So, recently we thought of a way our friends and family (aka Bennett's Brigade) could help Bennett...and it's something easy but would be such a blessing to us: to have people pray around the clock everyday of the week.

It works like this...we'd love for Bennett to be prayed for every hour of everyday.  So, we'd like to find 168 people who would pick an hour of the day and day of the week commit to praying for Bennett.

It's easy for us to feel lonely sitting in the hospital watching our infant scream in pain over and over as the experts run tests and assess him.  It's easy to feel like there is no end to this when we realize that caring for a chronically ill child is just that...something chronic.  And it's easy to forget that our friends and family will not abandon us but are waiting for us to return to life as normal, when we are able - however long that takes.

But how comforting to know that every painful hour that passes, Bennett is being covered in prayer.

We'd love to have a list of names of people praying for Bennett.  This list would be to remind ourselves that God is caring for us...through people who are praying for Bennett.

Typically, this blog is meant only as a journal in which we share with those who love us and care for Bennett.  But this one time, we'd love to use the blog to illicit prayer partners on Bennett's behalf.  We envision having 168 friends pray for Bennett on the hour throughout the day.   

Here are three prayer requests, as suggestions:
1.) Prayer for the improvement of Bennett's health (weight gain, no infections, no more hospitalizations, Cystic Fibrosis symptoms will stay at bay)
2.) Prayer that God will give Bennett peace in the midst of this and that he will not continue to suffer
3.) Prayer for clear guidance of the doctors and experts as we determine the best way to help Bennett thrive

And, if we could add one more, it would be this:
4.) Prayer for the sick child, like Bennett, who has no 168 people praying for him/her.  We long that they too will be remembered in prayer - that their health would improve, their suffering would be lessened, that their doctors and parents would be able to help them.

So, if anyone from Bennett's Brigade would be willing to participate in this "Around the Clock" effort, please let us know your name and the time/day you will commit to pray.  We'll put it in the notebook we carrying around with us always so we can be reminded that God is caring for Bennett and that Bennett is being prayed for.


  1. Britt,

    This is such a wonderful idea and I would be glad to do this for Bennett and a child that does not have anyone to pray for them.

    Tonie Savage
    9:00 p.m.

  2. It will be easy for me to pray in the middle of the night your time because we are 8 hours ahead of you!

    Angie Lechner
    1:00 a.m.

  3. Brittney, I will pray on Monday mornings at 9 a.m. What a great idea, honey!

  4. I'll be praying Tuesday mornings at 9am. What a privilege!

  5. I am sorry to hear about the difficult time you are going through and would be happy to pray for Bennett Sundays at 11 a.m.

  6. Hi Breck,
    This is Sarah (Krech) from KD and I would love to pray for sweet Bennett on Fridays at 6pm. I will also forward this to my pledge class to get some more slots filled! I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of and praying for your entire family and your faithfulness and positive attitude during this is an inspiration to me. God is good and will take care of your boy!

  7. Hi Breck! We'll take Mondays at 1:00pm. What a wonderful idea!
    The Lammys

  8. We will pray on Mondays at 6pm!

    The Gordons

  9. Breck,
    I shared your request with Mary Brown from Homer and she would like to take Monday at midnight. I will take Tuesday's at 10:00am. Mary said there are others that she knows will want to take a time as well. She will let me know, and I will send you a message. We are thinking of you and your family.

    Sondra Mott

  10. I'll pray Thursday mornings at 8 am.

  11. I would love to pray at midnight on Thursdays.

    Coutney Alberg

  12. I will do Monday nights at 11pm! praying, praying, praying for you ALL!

  13. Brittney,
    I'll take 6:00am on Wednesdays!! Praying for all of you!

    Sara Nelson Chreene

  14. Monday mornings at 8AM. We love you.
    Laurie Fleming

  15. Breck-
    I'll pray for Bennett, your family, and all the other children with cystic fibrosis...

    Jenn Harrington
    9:00 p.m.

  16. I will be praying for all of you! Especially, little Bennett for his health. Monday's at 6:00 a.m. will be my time.

    Stacy Baumgardner

  17. I would love to take the Tuesday at 11 am!

  18. You got it! Fridays at 6am (CST)...

    Christy Youngblood DeSisto
    Boston, MA (via Minden, LA)

  19. I will take Tuesdays at 6:00 a.m.

    Wanda Fields
    Minden, LA

  20. Breck - Sign me up for Tuesday at 8 a.m.! I typically pray on my way to work every day, but I will pray extra hard on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. ;) Much love and blessings to you all. This is such a wonderful gift to US to let us know that we are helping in some small way. I'm happy to be a member of Bennett's Brigade!

  21. I'll pray when I feed my baby at 10 pm on Mondays. I will be thinking too about all the other small babies who have health issues that preclude them from haiving the same feeding relationship I have with my infant boy, and their mommas!

  22. I will be honored to pray Tuesday 2:00 am.
    Robin Hogan
    UBCer :)

  23. What a wonderful idea, Josh will cover Sunday at 8:00 am and I'll be praying Wednesday at 9:00 am.
    Can't wait to see you again, we miss you guys! Glad Bennett's getting such great care!

  24. Breck, is Saturday at 9 pm open? If so, please sign me up. I keep little Bennett in my prayers always, but I love this idea and want to do my part. <>< Marsha Braswell

  25. Great idea! I'll take Wednesdays at 1pm ET.

  26. I pray for Bennett daily but will say a special prayer on Fridays at 9:00am and Uncle Rob will pray Thursday night at 10:00pm. What an excellent idea! We love y'all!


  27. I will pray Wednesdays at 10pm. You are all in our prayers!

  28. Dibs on Fridays at 7a ET!


  29. We think of you and pray for you guys often. I am always sitting in the pickup line from school at 3pm (kids get out at 3:15), so I will pray for Bennett at that time. I'll specifically designate Wednesday, but I'll plan on praying the other days too! - Julie Martin (Macy's mom)

  30. Breck - You and your family are in my prayers many times during the day. I will say a special prayer for Bennett on Mondays at 6:00 A.M.
    Pat Cockerham

  31. Katie and Bill PoseyNovember 18, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    Breck - Your family is in our prayers during each day, but I am glad to commit to the time of Monday 8am. This past Sunday I asked for prayers for Bennett and the family and our pastor offered a beautiful prayer for all of you! So another 100 prayers went up from Rockledge, FL! May you reach out and hold on to all the prayers when the road gets hard! Bennett is a special blessing for all of us to learn from and remember to lean on our wonderful God!May the peace of God be with all of you and the wisdom to know when to challenge the care being given! Momma bear usually know best!!

  32. Thursday's at 6am! But know I pray for him much more than that! Laurie Long

  33. We include Bennett in our prayers before dinner. Just today I asked our boys what we should pray for and Steven (age 4) said right away "Baby Bennett". This has become our routine and we will keep Bennett and his family in our prayers. We'll take Thursdays at 5 p.m. Stacy Becvar & family

  34. Breck and Family,

    I would love to pray for Bennett extra hard Thursdays at 2 p.m. Just know that Bennett and all of your family is in our thoughts and prayers daily!

    Jenna Fitzwater (Laura Click's sister)

  35. Bennett is being prayed for in the prayer room at FBC in Minden several times a day each day of the week. I will pray on Tuesday at 2:00PM for each one of you in the family and especially Bennett. Your journal is so touching to read and all who read it are brought to tears. God will keep all his promises, keep your eyes on Him. You are such an inspiration for the great faith God has given you. Kay Dillon- Minden

  36. I will pray for you, your sweet baby and your family Sunday mornings at 10:00 and my mom (who I think has a direct line to God!) will pray for you Tuesday mornings at 5:00.
    Julie Tobias and Nancy Turpin

  37. Britney,
    Bennett and your family are in my daily prayers. I will take Thursday afternoon at 1:00 pm.
    Cheryl Gilbert Manning

  38. Breck.
    It's Michelle (Winkelmann) Ko from Mizzou KDs.

    5:00am every morning! And keeping your family in our prayers during this time!


  39. Breck,
    I will pray for Bennett and your family at 8am on Mondays as I watch the sun come up over Jordan Lake, NC on my way to work. Keep your faith and trust in our mighty maker. Be anxious about nothing. God is so good and he hand picked you to be Bennett's mom for a reason. Many blessings on you all!
    With love,
    Amy Harmon
    (fellow CLUBZ! director in Pittsboro, NC)

  40. I will pray for Bennett every Tuesday at 10 pm.

    With Love,

    Jessica Bays Bartlett

  41. I will pray at 5pm on my way home from work everyday! Love y'all!


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