…a little story from the hospital

I must share. There is a very, very long text thread going on second by second, minute by minute in the Bensten family. It shows up during celebrations, funny events, sickness and now horrific accidents. It is the pulse that keeps everyone breathing. It is community. It is commuication. It is an end to isolation. It is very, very important to all of us. Praise to the inventor of text!

This came up mid-morning amidst updates about Bensten.

10:28 Text from Brent “BTW the doc’s name is Dr. God. I’m not making that up.”

10:29 Text from Brado “hahahaha”

10:29 Text from Brent “I did not realize. He’s been here the whole time.”

He’s been here the whole time.

Our eyes fail in the fog of trauma, but He’s been here the whole time. Just like the pink sky that I’ve woken up to each morning, whispering hope.





  1. That just gave me the chills. Wow.

  2. Sheri Simone says:

    Daily prayers to a beautiful little boy!

  3. ((hugs)) for you and your whole family. i think of you all often. prayers for bensten.

  4. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
    Isaiah 41:10”
    I am praying! This verse has gotten me thru this long road so far with my sisters’ leukemia…and we are headed to bone marrow transplant…..a very long road indeed. He is there for us….we just have to call on Him. Praying!!!

  5. Donna Doble-Brown says:

    been praying for you all every night since I read what happened . . . . . Sending a HUGE hug and lots of LOVE . . . . xo

  6. Greetings Christen,

    Would you be so kind and share any progress of the BMan? I have tons of people in Orlando Florida standing in the gap for him, and am receiving tons of emails, texts and phone calls asking how is he doing.

    I thought I’d send you a line so that I can let everyone know.



  7. Donna Dell says:

    This has also given me chills! This little boy and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.Even when I awake at night I pray for them.

  8. Continued prayers for your precious nephew. <3

  9. Perfection!!!

    But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. -Malachi 4:2

  10. What is Bensten’s last name? I would like to put his name on the prayer roll in my church’s temple.

  11. Debbie Carpenter says:

    I have been praying day and night for Bensten and all of the beautiful Bensten family. Your family is very special to me. With love, hope and blessings, Debbie

  12. Frank Helmes says:

    Christen, My wife, Linda, attend small group with your Mom & Dad. Just want you to know we are paying for Bensten daily. The news we’ve heard of his progress is very encouraging. Praise the Lord!

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