Tuesday, February 19, 2008

LOVE AND HANDICAP PARKING SPACES...

Milton, here:

Kristy's illness has changed our lives. She needs me more than ever. An energetic and creative lady is now weak and is looking to me for strength.

I have wiped hot tears as I have comforted and soothed her during intense bouts of "break out" pain and all the recent issues. Thankfully, those subsided and we are working through other effects of this cancer. She has had some good days recently, and we are believing for better days are ahead.

She taught me the honor, the duty, the patience of faithful, loving care.

I saw it in her attention to her elderly father, whom she served as his care provider the last years of his life. Kristy's mother, Grace, died several years back and Kristy became his caregiver. During that time, Dad Roberts lost a leg and needed so much love and care which Kristy provided. She went far, far, beyond the call of duty. The list of care provision by Kristy for her father is too long to enumerate. But anyone who has shared in the role knows it well.

It was during Kristy's care of her father that I learned about the true value and need for handicap parking spaces and love's faithfulness. Of course being 91 and in a wheelchair meant that her father needed handicap parking wherever she took him. She would pull the wheelchair out of the trunk and help slide him into the chair, and then take him to see doctors or whatever was needed.

What love. What duty. What honor.

Often when I pass a handicap space, I think of her duty and her love for her father. I never dreamed I would fill similar shoes in her care--at least not at this stage in our lives. She doesn't need a wheel chair but there are many other limitations.

I have been impacted by her example of love's duty and honor. It changed me long before now.

True, romantic love reaches far beyond fleeting moments of tingly affection. It reaches out in sickness ....and in health. We have enjoyed the health together. We now face the sickness together.

She showed me how to do it.

How Is Kristy?

She is feeling imprisoned by her weakness and limitations and longs for the day she will be back to normal writing and energized.

Today was a good day, but she is struggling to regain strength. She is a redheaded fighter and has so many dreams and desires.

We are praying, believing, expecting.

Thanks for your prayers for her and for us.

5 Comments:

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

Dear Milton,

We, too, are praying, believing, expecting with you and Kristy for DIVINE HEALTH, in the mighty, powerful name of JESUS. We plead the blood of Jesus over Kristy's body, mind, and spirit. We ask the Lord that peace like a river flow through both of you, and the Holy Spirit wrap you in a cloud of joy unspeakable and full of glory. Amen.

Precious sister and brother, if you need ANYTHING at all, please don't hesitate to contact me.

With love & continued, fervent prayers,
Nancy

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Kristy and Milton,
Thanks for sharing how the love and faithfulness Kristy has shown to her father and family are now coming back to her. I am so thankful she is surrounded by such love. I know that is a wonderful comfort to her.

Times of weakness can be such a challenge. But resting and trusting the Lord are acts of faith. God is honored and pleased with her strong faith and love, even when she is feeling physically weak. We are all encouraged to hear of your love and commitment to each other in sickness and in health. This is a true test of love and you are passing with flying colors. That honors the Lord too.

We've just returned from a trip to Kauai to visit our oldest son and his family. Time with our two little grandsons was so precious. Family is a great gift to be treasured...you have both reminded me of this many times. Thanks for sharing all your powreful life lessons.

Love and prayers,
Carrie

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Kim said...

What a tremendous testimony of what love really is in a marriage! This is a wonderful example for all of us!

Please know that our prayers continue for your family.

God is so abundantly faithful!

Kim

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'm praying, believing and expecting right along beside y'all. Never underestimate the power and tenacity of a redhead. ;)

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger THOMBU1 said...

I sure miss Eudell and Grace, what wonderful loving parents. They left a legacy of love and grace. Praying for you.
tom

 

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