Tuesday, July 08, 2008

our christian love STORY

Milton, here for Kristy:


our christian love STORY has been blessed. Our goals, our dreams, our ideals, our strengths, our weaknesses, our destiny, our commitment were united from the very beginning. We had so much to learn from each other and life. Obviously the learning curve continues.


Watching over Kristy. Holding her hands. Standing by her bed. Pleading for her healing. Reflecting on memory after memory. Describing these weeks and months is beyond my poor abilities.


All these years we have worked with some of the dearest, kindness, most generous people in the world. Our lives have been filled with church and more church, weddings, baby dedications, building programs, TV programs, radio, conventions, meetings and more meetings, water baptisms, church parties, growing, learning, rethinking, learning some more, counseling, praying, listening, instructing, restoring, church planting oversight, speaking, preaching, writing, traveling, fun, fun, fun, sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice, reward, reward, reward.


Now in a few weeks we will be married 37 years. I will write more about our christian love story. I will fulfill Kristy's wish to continue her blog through this journey. It won't be preachy. It might sound mushy. The stories may not mean much to some, but they mean everything to us.


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How is Kristy?

She had a good day Monday. Today looks like another rest day with more slept.

Terry and Sandra stopped by and spent Monday night. We have people everywhere. This place is alive. It helps.

I am much better, but I still can't kiss Kristy. The reward is about to overpower the risk.

13 Comments:

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Sharon Bailey said...

Dear Milton, Kristy, Julia, and Jennifer

I haven’t written for a while, but I have been reading your blog daily and praying for all of you. Your words have ministered to my heart. More and more I am realizing that life is “like a vapor that appears for a moment and then vanishes away.” All of us will soon travel through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. My prayer is that I can face death with as much dignity and loving trust in my Heavenly Father as Kristy. You have been an inspiration and blessing to me and thousands of others. May God’s presence continue to manifest Himself in your home and within your hearts. He is there . . . silently weeping with you and embracing you. He loves you and cares about the struggles in your hearts. He will continue to be there. When you turn loose of Kristy’s hand for the last time, Jesus Himself will be there to receive her hand and lead her into His kingdom. God Himself will wipe away your tears. Thanks again for each beautiful, heart-felt word you have written in Kristy’s blog. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

 
At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Mimi said...

Still praying for you all, as I was thinking of you all last night , I just wondered and I asked God why all this suffering you are going thru. It almost made me angry, God has a plan ,but we don't know what it is . I just imagined in my own mind , Kristy getting out of bed and walking , talking and being healthy again. And I have asked God" Please heal Kristy".Glad you are feeling better Pastor, thsi mess traveled all the way to Bartow, Fla :)
Have a blessed day,,
Mimi

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger Barbara J. Robinson said...

I've been praying for Kristy and the entire family, and I pray that when my time comes, I'll be able to face it with as much courage and faith as Kristy. She's being a role model for all of us. I can't read her blog without crying, but the tears I shed are good tears of relief and joy, knowing that God's will for Kristy and His plan will prevail, but still I pray for her to be healed here on earth, as I know the glory that would bring God. Think of the books she could write for Him! But, even if that is not in His plans, her Christian love story will continue eternally in our hearts and minds as she has shown all of us how to deal with the shadow of death.

Tell her to keep her face turned to the sun, because she is our Florida sunshine, Kristy Dykes from sunny Florida! I pray for a miracle healing and cure for Kristy. I pray that she will take up her bed and walk to continue to serve others with her loving heart and attitude.

I wonder if when she said she needed a grown woman with her, she meant maturity and not age. I don't know the woman you said was fifty and looked like a girl, but perhaps it wasn't looks that Kristy was referring to, or perhaps she felt the need for a more motherly type in her time of need.

I lost my mother and youngest sister, and I wish I had known Kristy before this, because just knowing her through her blog would have provided me with the strength I needed at that time in my life. When I lost them, I felt like I had lost my best friends, but I discovered Jesus is my true best friend.

God bless you all,
Barb

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Patricia W. said...

Pastor Milton, you say "Describing these weeks and months is beyond my poor abilities."

But you are so wrong! In our weakness, God makes us strong. And he has done that with you as you have taken on the challenge of blogging, not occasionally, but every day to share with us your circumstances, your feelings, your pain, your hope as well as Kristy's status.

I continue to pray for Kristy and your family.

 
At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I imagine you both tucked under God's wing, like the Psalmist writes. It's a shelter and a place where you can hear his very heartbeat.

God bless you in your journey. We are praying for each step.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger Vickie said...

I'm glad you're feeling better, Pastor Milton. I don't write very often but want you to know that I'm keeping y'all in my prayers.

Vickie M.

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger Karen Eve said...

Milton - you are a wonderful writer and I thank you once again for keeping us updated and sharing the journey, but as you are probably aware, you are doing do much more to build up others who are walking their own paths. I know it must be very hard at times to face the blank page again and try to put in words what is on your heart and mind, however, IF Kristy does leave us behind to join her Daddy, I hope you will continue to walk out the journey with us. You are building a legacy that even if it is never published on paper, it is and will help many through their own processes of grief and tribulation. And I did say IF, because in spite of what I 'see' physically, I still know that Daddy God heals and even resurrects, and I'm still praying in faith for Kristy's healing as a witness of His wonderful power. And, of course, I'm also praying for your family, may God continue to strengthen you and give you peace that passes understanding.
Blessings,

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

Oh how your written words minister to others! Just as our Sunny Kristy minister through her writing! Continue to pen this journey. It's blessing all of us.
Praying in San Antonio.

 
At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Rev. Dykes and Ms. Kristy,

I am praying for you all and hoping for the presence of Jesus to fill your home everyday. You are such a testimony of true love and faithfulness to God and each other. Brian has been gone to Basic training for eight days and it feels like years. Our two sons, Asher and Aiden, miss him, but are very proud of his sacrifice for our country. My parents, David and CarolBoyd, say hello and that you are in their prayers. God Bless you for being such a terrific example for young couples.

Warmest regards,

Beth Boyd McCown

 
At 8:06 PM, Blogger Mary Connealy said...

Glad you're mending, Milton. God is with you through it all.

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

We've pretty close to you, Milton! Our 38th is coming uo. :)

Now I have a strep remedy for y'all IF you catch it really early. My doctor gave it to me and it works. It's a gargle, so it won't hurt anyoen, :D

Strep Throat Gargle

1 part Benadryl syrup
1 part hydrogen peroxide (10 vol)
3 parts Listerine

Gargle twice a day at the first sign of a sore throat.

Give that to Jennifer.

 
At 4:01 AM, Blogger THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY said...

I think of Kristy and your family often. I can not really come up with words to express how I feel....but I am sending virtual hugs. I hope that you get to hug and kiss your wife soon.

 
At 5:29 AM, Blogger Barbara J. Robinson said...

A Cleveland Ohio woman's family believes that God granted them the miracle they asked, and they want everyone to know it. So, we'll all keep praying for God to grant Kristy one as well, if it is His will.

The link http://www.newsnet5.com/health/16363548/detail.html

Milton, your keeping Kristy's blog updated is blessing many others through her personal journey and that of your family. Your writing is glorifying God.

Barb

 

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