Saturday, November 17, 2007

Cherish the Moments

Our family is the greatest. They are all believers living with eternal purpose. We have, as Kristy has written, almost 30 ministers and spouses in our family--the Levite Tribe. We gather to share our love, faith, and joy of life.

Now they have gathered around Kristy and me to hold us up and carry us. They all are hurting with my girls and me for they all love Kristy so dearly. She has blessed each of their lives in most unusual ways as a peer in ministry, friend in relationship, helper in need. She has been there at one time or other in a big way for all of us.

Today at lunch we went down to the first floor and found a place to eat delicious food that my brother Max and his wife, Darlene, provided. We sat together, blessed our food, and begin to eat...and then it hit me. All their spouses were there...mine was not. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt alone more in that crowd than ever in my life.

I had to leave the table...quickly. Tears flowed, emotions poured out, my spirit ached. This is too hard. I can't stand it.

But then Sis came to my side, my brother, and I felt the gentle comforting presence of the Holy Spirit. The hurt eased and I was able to return to the family. My family. A godly family.

Kristy has shared a lifetime of joy, love, and laughter with me. There is more to come. We're not done.

She called me early this morning before anyone came and said, "Quickly get the train case. I need something."

I brought it to her and she began to go through a large baggy she packs all kinds of stuff. I asked if I could help, but she wouldn't respond. Finally she had what she was looking for in hand. There she had a tube of red hair dye. I smiled...what a classy lady. She was about to get her hair washed and every red hair had to look its best.

That is Kristy. Everything has to be the best.

She has had a good day, but tired and sometimes not thinking and talking the best. But her sweetness shines and the glow still radiates. She is just weaker...much weaker.

Cherish the moments. I promise they're all special. Keep praying for her.... for us.

Her Husband, Milton

25 Comments:

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Patricia W. said...

Alone in the crowd. How heart-breaking! But you are blessed to have your "Levite Tribe" with you in this tough time. And to have God our Father who never leaves us nor forsakes us.

 
At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristy and Milton,

Just want to tell you that we have you in our prayers. Your family has always been very special to us. We know God is able, if we can do anything please let us know.

Rock and Charlene Rawls

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger bryan mcgee said...

My heart continues to break as I pray for you guys. It's not breaking because of a lack of faith. I am still full of faith because God has been faithful to our family and He's not finished yet. Your ROCK family continues to pray for you.

Continue in your strength and courage, because God is with you. Deutoronomy 31:6

We love you.

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

I know how it feels to be with people you love and who love you and still feel alone. God is the One who sees and He see your loneliness. It's okay to hurt, grieve, cry. I praise God you have so many who love you nearby.

What a cute story about the hair dye. I'd probably do the same thing LOL. I don't go anywhere without my eyes on. It about killed me when I had to go for my colonoscopy without makeup or nailpoish. What woman doesn't understand?

 
At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Nicole said...

Thank you for providing the information on this blog. I don't know Kristy, but I can tell you I've seen her posts on other blogs, and it's clear the Spirit of Joy rests upon her. She is the "cheerleader", the exuberant one, the glass half full person in the crowd.

I have posted on my blog to pray for Kristy, pasting Milton's post on my own so people will catch the burden. I don't have a huge viewership, but whoever visits there will be reminded to pray for Kristy (hopeofglory.typepad.com/into_the_fire). God is involved in this, He does not slumber or sleep, He is faithful, and He still heals, performs miracles, hears and responds to prayers, does wonders, and knows best.

I was alerted to pray for Kristy throughout the evening last night, every time I woke up she was on my heart and in my cries to the Lord. He is placing people in direct communication with Him on her behalf. Keep praying, keep hoping, keep looking to Him to intervene against all "odds". In the Holy and Powerful Name, Blood, and Authority of Jesus. Amen.

 
At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When one cherishes any moment; it serves to remind another of special moments whether they are happy or sad or somewhere in between. It's kind of like having a scrapbook to thumb through when passing down information about those people, places, and/or things that have shaped our lives in one form or another. Our prayers are with you and the family always; and may each of you find the rainbow after the dark clouds have long passed. For each one of you is a radiant beam of light bringing hope and promise to all. Love and God Bless. Jerry, Ginny, and Mickey Griffin

 
At 6:30 PM, Blogger Lee Franklin said...

Even in the midst of darkness, we women like to try and look our best..that was a sweet story.

uplifting you all in prayer.

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger Pammer said...

Praying for you all.

Hugs,
Pammer

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Milton, remember God is called El Roi, the God Who sees you. He's also called Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord IS there, your companion. He will not leave you alone.

But when you share a love as deep as yours is for Kristy, it will hit you many times over in the days to come. How I pray for a miracle for Kristy! A miracle HERE on this earth! NOW!

But God reminds me He is sovereign and He hasn't been caught off guard. HE KNOWS.

Tears fall as I write this comment. I pray it comforts to know others share a small, very small, part of your heartache.

I'm praying for joy to come in the morning. Tell Kristy her ACFW sisters and brothers love her.

 
At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristy & Milton Jennifer & Julie,
We just got the internet today, and foung the blogspot. You know you are all in our prayers constantly. We fully believe that God has a plan, and He will get the glory for bringing you all through this time. And you know He will.
We love and appreciate all of you!
Ed & Joan

 
At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton and family, even though we've never met, I've followed Kristy's life as a writer through her blog. I'm deeply saddened by this turn of events.

Please go to the link I'm attempting to include with this comment. On a fluke, I suppose, I ran across it today. It is the website of Saint Raphael Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. The first story on this particular page is riveting. It's about a man who was diagnosed with an advanced brain tumor in 1994 and was given something like six months to live. The story was written in 2005, which means he had already outlived the prognosis by 11 years! With things like cancer, you just never know for sure what's going to happen, especially when your faith is so strong.

Be encouraged! I don't think the link will be active when it's posted, but you can probably cut and paste it into your browser.

Prayer for you all.

http://www.srhs.org/betterhealth_story.asp?StoryID=334

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger Steve and Kathy Powell said...

Praying for you and your family during this critical time. You and Milton our so special to us. You are such a classy lady. Thank you for your blog and your encouraging words back to us. May God give you strength in the days ahead.

 
At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Lisa Buffaloe said...

Dear Milton, Kristy, and family:

My prayers continue for you. Praying for God's presence to surround you with the peace that passes understanding.

In Christ's Love,

Lisa Buffaloe

 
At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Milton and Kristy:

We are praying for you - all of you.

Your comments about your family singing brought the song, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" to mind. I know you are and He will not fail.

Brenda and Larry Foskey

 
At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, I am a friend from your childhood. I will be praying with you and Kristy as you make this journey with our Lord. He will never leave you, nor will he be far from your side during this time. May His peace and strength be yours.

Love,
Gloria Walters Esterline

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger Blissful said...

I read the blog for the last 2 days, I don't know what to say- I am weeping even now. But I know God is so great. I have seen His miraculous hand deliver and His hand deliver a precious one to His throne. I wish I knew His will and understanding. But I believe heaven must be so wonderful He can't wait for us to join Him where there is no pain or fear or anxiety or tears but only His beauty and love forever. When I hiked the Appalachian Trail this past year for six months I really felt His presense. And I knew out there when I did confront the idea of death with a major fall off a cliff or with hypothermia that there was nothing to fear. I sensed wonder. Freedom. Beauty. Peace. It's so hard to describe. But I remember thinking to myself-I know I could die out here. He will be with me, as He has been all my life. I know it will be alright. And whatever He decides for you both, it will be alright. I know it. I love you both.

A Heartsong Author,

Lauralee Bliss

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Jan Parrish said...

I pray for peace, precious peace at such a time as this. I pray that you both will cherish each moment together.

I thank God for her life and example to all of us. Your entire family will be in our prayers.

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 
At 1:10 AM, Anonymous Molly Noble Bull said...

Dear Kristy,
I think of you often during the day, and every time I do, I pray for you. Please have that special hubby of yours and your family keep us posted.
Love,
Molly, Your friend and fellow writer.

 
At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristy,
Please take a Holy communion every day, believing the blessing on your body. The body & blood of Jesus was for our total healing, BODY, mind & sprit.

I just watched a Minister on TBN talk about the "Cup of Blessings"
He said that when you take the Communion to believe and accept your healing thru the Blood.
I love you.
Lori

 
At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Web Site about Cup of Blessing is
http://www.savedhealed.com/communion.htm

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger Richard Mabry said...

Milton,
Thank you for making the effort during this tumultuous time to keep all of us posted on developments. We are praying for Kristy, for you, and for your family. Please convey our love and best wishes.
"Dr. Richard"

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, Christy and girls,
Billie and I are praying for you all, ever time I wake at night I pray for you all. Christy is a very special lady.
We thank you Milton for joining us at our 50th anniversary last June, I have used your advice ( your probably right ) many times and found it works in stopping potential arguements. We love you all and will continue to pray for you.
Bob & Billie McElyea

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Milton, you don't know me, but Kristy and I bonded--because we write for the same publisher, because we love Jesus, because we're both redheaded, whatever. I love her deeply and this event has touched my heart deeply. I am a member of a Bible-believing church. My ladies' life group is praying for Kristy. I send them an update whenever I receive one. Know that you and all the family are being lifted up every day.

I only wish we lived closer so I could come to the hospital and hold Kristy, too.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Thanks once again for the update. Still praying!

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Photo Buffet said...

Praying for calm in the midst of this storm. What a beautiful tribute this is to your precious family, and to our Lord.

 

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