Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Milton, here:

Kristy is a great lady of faith and her recent posts about our grandson Alexander about dying, and me and my sadness on Christmas eve, are not signs of doubt or lack of faith for her healing. We both deal with this battle from so many fronts, but we know God is our victory.

She has felt so strongly that this journey must be shared in all its aspects. Some of this is so hard to write about and I would rather not, but I stand with her and support her.

The fact is that all of us will face our mortality. She has had it hit her right in the face and is facing it like the real champion she is. After each round we have felt the gracious hand of God comfort and strengthen.

Immanuel is here. Our Messiah and Master has come. He is our joy and strength.

I love the lights of Christmas. They shine hope that releases faith and that's why I share the pictures of our house all lit to celebrate Christ's birth.


At 5:53 PM, Blogger Rose McCauley said...

Milton and Kristy, we apreciate both of you sharing everything about this experience. I loved the picture of your lighted house and yard. It reminded me of the song "The Light of the World is Jesus."

At 1:05 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I was thinking about the significance of lights too as we stopped to look at a few lit up houses on our way home from Christmas dinner with my parents. I'd like to think that the night sky shone brilliantly the night Jesus was born. How could it not?

Anyway, you two are poignant in your honesty. Although comments may not always come, no doubt your prayerful words have far reaching, God-filled effects.

Merry Christmas!

At 3:22 AM, Blogger Lee said...

Just dropped by again to let you know your still in our prayers "Down Under".

We had a very hot Christmas day here, hot enough that our six year old son decided to cool off in the cow's trough.

It was funny to watch him splash around. Hubby had filled it with clean fresh water and it's about the same size as a six person spa.Then one of the cows decided she needed a drink and you can imagine the shrieks then!

I hope your Christmas was wonderful and full of great memories for you,

prayers are still going up

Lee Franklin

At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Nicole said...

I've written a little tribute to Kristy and her family over at hopeofglory.typepad.com/into_the_fire for any of you who would like to stop by. Prayers are going up continually by those of us who've never had the pleasure and privilege to meet you.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Kay said...

The Bible does not say we won't grieve. It just says we won't grieve as those who have no hope.
Even in your moments of grief, you and Kristy have such incredible hope and it shines through! We all see it.
And grieving at a time like this doesn't mean you've given up, it just means you are human. God understands. We all understand.
You are both such a great testimony through this.
My prayers continue for all of you.

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is more comforting to explain what death really is than someone you dearly love and honor?

I was always comforted when I could take my questions to my grandfather.

To me, these posts of love and not wanting the loss of that love just show how much love you all share in in your daily life with each other and with your families.

Your posts, both of yours, SHINE with love.

Doubt isn't something that comes through.

Lord willing is something we say around here... and you both live that prayer.


At 3:11 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Milton, Christians don't DIE, rather Christians are reborn into eternity. I prefer to think of it as one of us might MOVE to Heaven before seomone else.

Dying infers that a person ceases to be. Not so with a believer. They cease to reside here on earth, but they most definitely are ALIVE in the fullest sense of the word.

We all want Kristy to continue to reside with you (and us) here on earth. I'm selfish - I want to read more Kristy Dykes books! :o)

I really appreciate the way she's (and you) sharing this journey. It's real. And it blesses all who read it.

I've sent many people here to share in it, to pray for Kristy, and to be blessed.

Thank you for sharing, Milton.

At 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton and Kristy,
Glenda and I and our whole church are praying for you constantly. I know the Lord is your strength and that His Favor and Grace is yours. We're believing that 2008 will be a year of new beginning where we'll walk into wonderful new blessing and favor as we respond to His Grace during our trials. I'm so proud of you both as you have showed and are showing us all how to respond in crises and trial to the Grace of God. Every hour my watch sounds a chime and with everyone that I hear, I stop and pray for you all. Our prayers reach His ears as your faith has reached His Heart. We love you, Mark and Glenda White

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Rose, Julie, thanks for your comments which confirmed some things in my heart.

Thanks, Lee, from "Down Under." I'm touched by your prayers.

Thank you, Nicole. May God bless you.

Kay, you made me cry. Thanks for your comments. So true.

Thank you, Rebecca. Thanks for using the word "shine," as another did above you. I've always wanted my "light to shine for Christ." I've prayed since I was diagnosed that God would let that happen, and these comments about "shining" are confirmations. Thanks, all.

Ane Mulligan, you are one wise woman, as I told you in an email yesterday. A dear friend and encourager, and an "understander" of all things.

Thanks, Mark and Glenda, dear, dear friends from our college days when we all married and started into the ministry about the same time, thanks for commenting, AND thanks for your prayers. A tear slipped out when I read that you set your wrist watch to beep every hour and then prayed for me.

Lord, bless all these dear friends. Thank You for...this enormous, wonderful support system that surrounds me. Father, Your Word talks about "so great a cloud of witnesses" surrounding us. I know what the explanation is, but I'm applying it to me right now, in this situation I'm in, and thanking You for all these wondeful Christians who are backing me up in prayer, so that I can face this.


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