In the early morning hours, I imagine as dawn drew near, Benton Brovont, saw, unveiled, the face of Christ! We did not know Benton well, but saw his father, Merle, shave his head last March when he came back to the hospital, having relapsed with Neuroblastoma. I had the opportunity to talk with his mom, Rachel, a number of times on the Unit. This was and is a family who fully loves Jesus Christ and who has walked this painful journey with their hope set on Him. When we returned to the hospital in late February because of Allistaire’s relapse, they were attempting to get Benton’s pain under control in order to bring him home. Please pray for their comfort and strength now and in the days to come. If you are interested in reading more about their story, you can go to www.CaringBridge.org and enter the site name, “bentonbrovont”
Benton’s dad posted the following this morning:
Face to face with Christ, my Savior,
Face to face—what will it be,
When with rapture I behold Him,
Jesus Christ who died for me?
Face to face I shall behold Him,
Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all His glory,
I shall see Him by and by!
Only faintly now I see Him,
With the darkened veil between,
But a blessed day is coming,
When His glory shall be seen.
What rejoicing in His presence,
When are banished grief and pain;
Death is swallowed up in vict’ry,
And the dark things shall be plain.
Face to face—oh, blissful moment!
Face to face—to see and know;
Face to face with my Redeemer,
Jesus Christ who loves me so.
Benton went to be with Jesus at 4:30 this morning. In the middle of the night I read to him the 21st and 22nd chapters of the Revelation of Jesus Christ and the little boy who had no strength to move for the last several days lifted his arms to heaven. From that time on he would lift his arms toward heaven every 10-20 seconds until he drew his last breath. His translation to eternal life was very peaceful.
We’ll post more later with regards to funeral arrangements and so forth.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
Merle, Rachel, Benton and Wilson