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.: Alisha (Gregory) Blakley - Lexington Ky   (Wednesday, September 13, 2006 12:23pm /  #1322)
Jane Ellen, I know that we have not seen or spoken since high school, but through my sister and friends I learned of this website and read it in devotion daily. My heart goes out to you and all of your family, just know that you were blessed with the relationship that you and your family shares. Always be grateful for the family connection that each one of you have. Natalie as it has been said...you are an amazing wife and all that you have endured, the LORD is with you. GOD bless each and everyone of you through this ordeal. I know that with the spirtual love you all have that you all will one day see him again.
May GOD bless and keep each one of you.
In CHRIST,
Alisha

.: Ann E. Graves (Carla Lawson Vinegar's Mother) - Georgetown, KY   (Wednesday, September 13, 2006 12:14pm /  #1321)
To the Siblings (Bradley and Jane-Ellen). I too gave up my brother to a better life, and the void is still there. Bradley, thanks for sharing Stephen's courageous battle with cancer with all of his many friends and family. We all could not be there but daily we prayed as God people for healing and comfort for Stephen. Personally the updates each day made me a strong and better person. Shirley and Danny, there is no way that I can imagine your pain in the homegoing of your precious son. Stephen was always so full of fun. Nataline, you have been a remarkable wife. In all that you have gone through, you always had such wonderful words of wisdom, which made us your audience so appreciative of life. When I think of you, I thing of so many God fearing women of the Bible. Mahalia Jackson used to sing a song, 'Soon, I will be Done with the troubles of the World, I' m going home to live with God.' Stephen is pain free and as a wife you took your vows till death do us part and for that God will truly bless you all the days of your life. Family members keep on trusting and believing and one day we all will receive the Crown of Life that Stephen has received. He has a new home over in Glory! God Bless each of you, may you have comfort and peace within.

.: Donald Clark - home   (Wednesday, September 13, 2006 12:00pm /  #1320)
It was an honor to be at the reception yesterday, to be able to feel so much a part of such a wonderful family, and share the love and concern so freely displayed. I spoke with Colin for the longest time. His demeanor was so content and relaxed that it comforted me in a way that only children can.

Although I met some of the family yesterday for the first time, I felt as if we had known each other for many years. It seemed as if we were fast friends sharing an event together in a close and personal way. That was a precious thing. Much as you, the Tilford family, have learned in so many ways lately, I too am learning to appreciate more and more the truly special things of this life. I feel that musicians have such a deeper connection with those precious thoughts and unspoken communications. I felt it deeply in a very unique way as I spoke with each one.

I truly wish there was something I could do or say that would make everything all better, but I am certainly not presumptious enough to think that possible. All I can say is that I love you all very much and am thankful to be part of your lives. My family is so much richer for it. What a blessing to be thankful for!

.: Jim W. Revel - Lexington, KY.   (Wednesday, September 13, 2006 08:22am /  #1319)
The Tilford Family,
I am extremely devastated at the news of Stephen's passing. He is a beautiful, wonderful man that is loved by so many. I feel so blessed that I knew him and can call him a friend. The entire Tilford family has meant so much to me over the years. Your family is SPEACIAL and I truly consider you blessing from God. You ALL have influenced and inspired so many people through your daily walk and leading by example. I will always love and appreciate the impact all of you have on my life. Stephen is leaving a legacy of gifts through his God given musical talent. His music has blessed so many and changed many lives. That can never be taken away. Please know that Stephen will be remembered in many wonderful ways because he has touched so many. Stephen will be remembered by me as a friend and a person that loved and cherished his family and most importantly he loved God. PRAISE GOD FOR THE LIFE OF STEPHEN TILFORD!!!!

May Gods Love Be With You All,
Jim W. Revel

.: cindy price ringer - north canton, ohio   (Tuesday, September 12, 2006 09:33pm /  #1318)
natalie, danny, shirley, bradley and jane ellen, i thought of you all day today. i am so sorry that i could not be there , but please know that my heart has been there every hour of this day. i pray that you can be strong in the days ahead and i am so thankful that i was blessed with stephen as my friend. i have so many great memories of he and your family that i will never forget.
God bless, cindy

.: Darron McNutt - Georgetown, KY / Louisville, KY   (Tuesday, September 12, 2006 09:03pm /  #1317)
Dear Natalie, Danny, and Shirley,

I am deeply sorry for the loss that you and your family have experienced this week. I am never quite sure what to say during such times—it seems that words of “encouragement” can many times sound trite or even serve to make the situation worse. I know how painful it is for me to lose Stephen as a professor with whom I have worked closely for the last four years and can barely conceive of what it must be like to loose him as a son and husband who was deeply loved. Just know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the wake of your loss. I am honored and humbled to have been a part of the service today.

Sincerely,
Darron



.: The McKnights - Danville, CA   (Tuesday, September 12, 2006 04:58pm /  #1316)
Dearest Tilford family,
You all have been in my thoughts today...we love you and wish you comfort during this time.

Natalie,
I so wish I could give you a hug. This is the hard part about being so far away. You will never know how much I have admired you from afar during all this...your faith and strength for your husband and children is just
amazing. That being said, please allow yourself time to grieve and cry. You have so many family and friends that are now willing to be YOUR rocks...I am a phone call away...if only to be another person on the other end of the line to listen to you cry or be quiet...remember we have a 3 hour time difference so I will be awake when you are....
I will call you soon....
I love you ,my friend.
Kim McKnight

.: James and Jennie Jenkins - Georgetown, KY   (Tuesday, September 12, 2006 02:56pm /  #1315)
Dear Natalie,
Our children, James and Jill, took piano lessons from your husband and enjoyed them so much! I loved that Stephen could tease my teenage son James and make him smile--quite an accomplishment:) Our hearts sorrow with yours, though at a far lesser extent I am sure. Our love and prayers are with you and your darling sons. Love James and Jennie Jenkins and family

.: Joey Elam - Mason, OH   (Tuesday, September 12, 2006 02:10pm /  #1314)
Tilford Family: I just wanted to share with you my sympathy in this time of loss. Stephen is an incredible man, and while his passing will be hard here on earth, we shall all praise God that Stephen is now whole again, rejoicing with the angels at God's right hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

.: The Gills - Owenton   (Tuesday, September 12, 2006 11:46am /  #1313)
Dear Jane Ellen and family,
I just wanted you all to know that we are so sorry for the loss of your brother. I know you will miss him. It is comforting to know their is another sweet angel to take care of our baby boy, Landon. Lean on your family, friends and God to get you through this difficult time.

Love,
Dana

.: Curtis Funk - Wheaton, IL   (Tuesday, September 12, 2006 11:05am /  #1312)
Dear Natalie (and extended family),
The entire Conservatory family grieves with you today and is praying for you. May the God of all comfort grant you His peace.

.: The O'Toole Family - Owenton   (Tuesday, September 12, 2006 10:10am /  #1311)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time. Although we did not know Stephen personally we feel as though we did, through his family. Jane-Ellen your church family is here to help you through this difficult time. We love you.

.: Marian Vidas - Ashland, Kentucky   (Tuesday, September 12, 2006 12:20am /  #1310)
Dear Natalie,

I just heard of your loss through my prayer chain.

Stephen's Story has truly touched my heart.

Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Although I do not know you, nor did I have the pleasure of meeting your wonderful husband, I know your pain. I too lost my dear husband to cancer a year and a half ago.

I know the joy and hope in believing that the cancer has been beaten, especially after all the suffering that he endured in the treament of the disease. I also know the anguish and feeling of helplessness when you are told that it has returned.

Unfortunately, Chuck and I were not blessed with children. I pray that you and your boys will find strength and healing in the days ahead.

May God Bless you and hold you in His palm always.

Peace to You,
Marian Vidas


.: Leslie Kozachik(Gregory) - Lexington, KY   (Monday, September 11, 2006 10:11pm /  #1309)
Natalie,
I graduated with Stephen at Scott County High School in 1984. I will always remember him being very funny, and easy to get along with. We were in Choral classes, and that was a blast. He had such an amazing gift of music, and it is wonderful that he achieved all that he did. I really wanted to come to the Notes For Stephen benefit, but my son's birthday was that weekend, and I could not attend. Please know that you, your children, and the rest of the family are in my prayers, and have been since a friend told me about this site. I am so sorry for your loss, and thankful that he is now in Heaven. Reading your updates everyday tells me that you are a strong woman, and Stephen was lucky to have a wife like you. It sounds like you two were truly blessed with one another.
Keeping you in prayer...

.: Stacye Clark - Georgetown KY   (Monday, September 11, 2006 09:19pm /  #1308)
Dear entire Tilford Family,

There is an emptiness all around today and I can only imagine the void you feel. Thank you for sharing Stephen's story with us. Even though none of you would have ever wanted Stephen to endure the cruel grip of cancer, his story has and will influence more people than any of us can imagine. He and Natalie have shown how love endures all things - for better or for worse. His story proves how a parent would gladly change places with their child if only they could. It proves that in-laws really can think of their son-in-law like a son and love them as such. Stephen's story shows how families support, love and never give up hope for their brother, cousin, father.

Just imagining Stephen's laughter and his 'gift of gab' brings both a smile and a tear at this moment. Not only did Stephen's family constantly stand by him through this terrible battlel, but his friends, community, students, colleagues and even strangers became the world's biggest cheering section hoping and praying for a better ending.

We will continue to be here for his family and will share our many stories of Stephen with Colin and Rhys. Natalie, our promise to you is that we will help you in every aspect that you want. We will remember your lives with Stephen and rejoice in your wonderful memories with him. We also rejoice knowing that goodness and happiness lies ahead for each of you.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of Stephen's life and his death. We are better because of him and this must be the ultimate goal for any person's life.

.: Gayla Lewis & family - Owenton   (Monday, September 11, 2006 07:30pm /  #1307)
Jane Ellen & family - I am so sorry for your loss. I am not good at using the right words at a time like this, but I guess words aren't really needed. Just know that my heart aches for your family and I will pray for you each day.

.: Kim - Nicholasville   (Monday, September 11, 2006 06:34pm /  #1306)
Natalie, Colin, Rhys, Danny, Shirley, Bradley, and Jane Ellen,

I cannot even begin imagine what a void there must be today. Even from the outside, it seemed so odd to not be waiting for Stephen's e-mail and/or update. You all have been so precious in opening your family to us and allowing us to pray, praise, mourn and share. Praying for your family is now second nature to me and will continue to be.

I know I shared this with you before, but this past Christmas Eve is my favorite memory. He and his beautiful family lighting the advent candles and sharing God's word. My mind's eye can still see that picture - It's priceless. I will miss seeing him when I go to Mom's church and listening to the way he could ''blow out" that very old, yet priceless organ and lead our small choir with the intensity of a very large one. He was a truly gifted man. Even at his benefit, he bravely met with all who wanted to talk to him and gave unselfishly gave of himself. I also have the privilege to go to church with one of his past students, Anne Lindsey. His gift will live on in the skills he gave willingly to others.

All of you have touched many lives, your faith in God and your resounding belief of His Word will live on. Keeping Stephen's memory alive and pointing always to our precious Lord.

Thanks again for sharing with all of your "extended" family.

Kim

"It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night." Stephen did this very well. Thank you, Stephen.

.: Lauren Marston - Owenton, KY   (Monday, September 11, 2006 06:04pm /  #1305)
Although I never met Stephen, I felt like I knew him because I prayed for him so often and I heard reports on him frequently from Jane Ellen and Daven. I know Stephen was an amazing person because he was raised by such wonderful, kind parents. My heart breaks and rejoices with yours at the same time. But, isn't it wonderful to know that Stephen is in heaven? I wonder what him and God are doing right now?

.: Tim & Sherry Craigmyle - Austin, TX and Owenton, KY   (Monday, September 11, 2006 04:58pm /  #1304)
Though we cannot be in Georgetown physically, our hearts and prayers are with you all as you comfort each other and remember the gift to us all that Stephen was. Thank you for allowing us to share this time with you. I also pray that God will reveal to you in some way why His Plan is Perfect, and how Stephen's part was played as God planned. We feel his loss, even though we never met, but we know where he is, and that our time on earth will end and we will join him in that place where pain does not exist, and sorrows are no more.
Our love and prayers continue for all who were touched and influenced by the gift of Stephen, and we know that the gift of music he freely gave and diligently tended for so many will continue to grow and demonstrate God's plan for Stephen's life. In His Love, Tim and Sherry Craigmyle

.: Chris Spurgeon - Owenton, KY   (Monday, September 11, 2006 04:23pm /  #1303)
Dear Family,
I do not pretend to know the words to express the deep saddness I feel with the loss of Stephen. Although I did not know him personally, he has touched my heart. You have all touched my heart as I have followed you through Stephen's illness. Your faith has been such an inspiration. You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Natalie, I especially pray for you as you help Colin and Rhys through this. May God bring comfort to you all.


.: Colin and Sarah Starr - Oregon   (Monday, September 11, 2006 01:53pm /  #1302)
Tilfords --
When I read Bradley's updates yesterday morning, I couldn't think what to write to you. Today, reading everyone's messages, I realized that there's no need for great wisdom or a revelation. As with everyone else in this extended "family," we pray for comfort, strength, and enduring peace for you all in this hard time, and we rejoice that Stephen's trials are over and he is home with his Father. Healing seemed better to us, but God is great -- He knows what is best. Hallelujah!

Blessings to you.
Sarah and Colin Starr

.: Laurie - Indiana   (Monday, September 11, 2006 01:22pm /  #1301)
Natalie, Colin and Rhys, Uncle Danny and Aunt Shirley, Jane Ellen and Bradley,
I am so sorry for your earthly loss of such a great, super and loving man. I too, grieve the loss. I am sad for us, yet joyful for Stephen. He is with our Lord and free of pain, disease and discomfort. He is whole and beautiful as we will all be some day when we join him in heaven. God Bless all of you and I love you.
Laurie

.: Shirley Gilstrap - home in GA   (Monday, September 11, 2006 12:24pm /  #1300)
Natalie, Colin, Rhys, and family,

Our prayers move forward with you and each family member as you begin to celebrate Stephen's life. As we each recall our special memories of Stephen, the sting of his passing fills our senses; but our spirits are left high because of Stephen's life. His purpose was far greater than anyone knowing him could
imagine. Stephen's gift of life and music are now complete in every way. I can imagine him sitting at heaven's piano and looking over to see his family members that have been waiting AND with that smile, that twinkle in his eye... his fingers hit the keys and he plays. The angels gasp and God says: "Well done, my good and faithful servant...well done! Play on". Then...the angels spread their wings and fill their lungs and a new level of praise begins that was not heard before Stephen walked onto God's stage. We look to the day when the time comes for God's great encore. "I can only imagine", as the song says, what Stephen
has now become witness to.

The Refiners fire has been hot. We have witnessed how you endured, fought the fight, and kept the faith. You and Stephen, in your short time together, have influenced and changed more lives than you will ever have
knowledge of. Only, heaven will tell that story and Stephen will be waiting to welcome each one. "What a Day that Will Be"

Natalie, as you begin to plant the seeds of Stephen's life into the minds and hearts of Colin and Rhys, we know the soil is fertile. We have witnessed the preparation, the seeds will grow and your harvest will be great. We will continue in prayer for you, the boys, and your families. We thank God because we have been blessed through your family in ways that are too numerous to mention.

Daniel and Shirley, our meeting in life was brief, but the memory of Stephen at my home preparing crafts for the rehearsal dinner is still fresh. His laughter, his enthusiasm, his consuming love for Natalie, the humming of a tune at the crafting table, the quick response as he found out that "glue guns" are really hot, the intense interest in participating, and that mischievous twinkle in his eye as he pinched Natalie in the side a few times...Of course, I didn't see that! These thoughts are certainly not adequate in light of the glorious way Stephen lived and influenced life. They are just special to me and I cherish the brief time I spent with Stephen.

Bradley and Jane Ellen, I just do not know where to begin....just to say thank you for sharing your brother in such an intimate way. We have been blessed by your devotion.

Mary Ellen, Jim, Jon and Kim we love and miss you too. Our love for your family began a long time ago. Your influence on mine will extend into eternity. I am saddened for you all. I am sorry this was long, it was not my intention, but Stephen's life is like a great novel that you begin to read slower because you do not want it to end. He lives eternally. God bless and God speed.

Shirley Gilstrap for
Ernie, Carrie, and Lee

.: Debbie (Schneider) Parker - Georgetown, KY   (Monday, September 11, 2006 11:49am /  #1299)
Mr. and Mrs. Tilford, Bradley and Jane Ellen,

It has been a LONG time since I have seen you all with the exception of Jane Ellen. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I was closest to Jane Ellen, but from what I remember from taking piano lessons, Stephen was very, very funny. I have enjoyed hearing about Stephen and his family via this website- what a great idea! Know that you are all in my heart and prayers as you deal with this difficult time in your life.

Debbie (Schneider) Parker

.: Tony Thurman - New York City   (Monday, September 11, 2006 11:38am /  #1298)
Words cannot express my profound sadness for Stephen's departure from this life. For all those who loved Stephen and held him dear, may the coming days, weeks, and months be filled with joyous rembrances, and confidence of a new journey just begun. Deep peace be with you.

.: RHONDA - Indiana, My house   (Monday, September 11, 2006 11:20am /  #1297)
Dear, Natalie and the boys, Danny and Shirley, Brad, and Jane Ellen,
Love you all so, Rhonda

I will miss Stephen so much..... I know he is happy now and free of all disease and pain. I know I will see him again someday and that comforts me.

I will see all of you tonight. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting, thou art God.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God: in him I will trust.
Taken from Psalm 90 and 91

.: Scott and Heather Risch - Owenton   (Monday, September 11, 2006 11:01am /  #1296)
Dear Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We didn't know Stephen personally, but I know we would have loved him because of the love we have for Jane Ellen, Daven, and Mr. and Mrs. Tilford. It is very difficult to watch someone you love so much pass away, but I know you find comfort knowing he is with our Heavenly Father and he no longer has any pain or sickness. He is perfect now and is waiting for someday to be reunited with his family. In the meantime I will pray for you to have peace, comfort, and hope for the future. May God give you the strength to get through this. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. We love you all!

.: Karen and Don Grammer - Orlando, FL   (Monday, September 11, 2006 10:53am /  #1295)
Dear Shirley and Danny,

We send our love to all the Tilford family. As you grieve at the loss of your son, what comfort it is to know that Stephen is with our Lord. What beautiful music the angels must be enjoying right now!

Love, Karen and Don

.: Melanie Hanson - Owenton   (Monday, September 11, 2006 10:01am /  #1294)
Natalie, It was so good to read your update this morning. The scripture from Timothy is so appropriate for Stephen. I am praying for you as you experience this with your boys, only those who have been there can know how you are feeling, so I will not pretend to understand. Our family is asking Phillipians 4:13 for you and Stephen's extended family. You can each do this through Christ. Love from Owenton...

.: annie - georgetown, ky   (Monday, September 11, 2006 09:53am /  #1293)
Natalie. The Arms of Grace that hold you now
are the Arms of Grace that will never let you go.

The prayers and love that have poured out for Stephen will remain with you and his family for the distance. Thoughts of you each are so frequent that no doubt the Spirit is still keeping a prayer vigil cover over you.

What a perfect verse for Stephen.
What a hug that will span a lifetime.
That verse is for you too Natalie.
You have poured yourself out to us in your emails as a drink offering, and you have shown us "walk this way".
You have fought the good fight.
You have truly kept the faith.
Philippians 1:6
I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.



.: Darci - Georgetown   (Monday, September 11, 2006 07:21am /  #1292)
Natalie,
You are heavy on my mind. I am thinking of you as you will tell Colin and Rhys of Stephen's passing. When I told told Sam, his immediate response was, "but we prayed!" I am grateful for this learning opportunity for him. I reminded him that Stephen is now in heaven and he said, "so Colin will see him again when he dies?" "Of course," I said, "but Colin still has a life full of fun to live here on earth first."
This is Sam's first awareness of life and death, first-hand. He has been very interested in this whole process and has included Stephen and your family in daily prayers. I am grateful to your family for showing such faith, because in turn, your great example has been a learning experience for each member of my family. Thank you, friend.
I love you and am thinking of you constantly. I will be here for you after all the activity ceases, as well as now.
I'll see you Tuesday, at the conference center. Love, Darci

.: Haley Conway Jr. - Thomas More College- Crestview Hills, Ky   (Monday, September 11, 2006 01:59am /  #1291)
I am devastated by the passing of Stephen. Words cannot accurately express my deepest sympathies to you, his family. I'm not exactly sure how I'll get along without him. He was not only one of my closest friends and confidants but he was also a teacher, a mentor, and a "big brother." We would often talk daily about everything and anything in his office at the college until he would shue me away because he had to practice. I'll treasure those talks always and you, the Tilfords, will remain in my prayers. God Bless.

.: Linda Sturgill - Ashland KY   (Monday, September 11, 2006 12:08am /  #1290)
Natilie, Dan and Shirley, I don't know what to say except that I feel privileged to have heard Stephen in concert at Kentucky Christian University. I wish I could have heard his wonderful music one more time. Please know you are in my prayers and at the Kentucky Music Teachers Association board meeting yesterday, Stephen was presented to us for prayer. If there is any thing I can do please call me: 606/928-5064. You are just a couple of hours away.

.: Jill Sherman - Sadieville, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 11:51pm /  #1289)
Natalie,
God bless you. I'll pray that God will give you the words to explain to your boys what has happened. Your post brought me to tears and I admire your faithfulness and hope and your ability to praise God even in the storm. You are beautiful and I know God is proud of you.

Love
Jill

.: Louisa Lucas Russell - Columbus, MS   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 10:34pm /  #1288)
Natalie,

I am so sorry for your loss. May God's amazing grace carry you. You are such a witness for Him.

Louisa

.: Ruth Reid Tompkins - Our home, Russell   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 10:22pm /  #1287)
I thought it odd that I slept poorly last night, waking with a start several times. Finally, at close to 7:00 this morning, I woke unable to sleep anymore. I know now why I had a fretful night.

Know we love you all and are lifting you up continuously in prayer.

Ruthie and family

.: Amy Figg - Knoxville, TN   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 09:14pm /  #1286)
I'm rarely without words; today, they come intentionally and prayerfully. There are so many Stephen memories that warm my heart, and I am confident of the faith that will sustain us as we celebrate Stephen's life.

As a pastor, I've had the privilege of walking with countless folks as they approached death, and the mystery of that journey continues to amaze me. God is most certainly faithful!

There is a story that really speaks to this mystery, and it reminds me so much of Stephen:

Once there was man who everyday would take long walks with the Lord. On these walks, he and the Lord God would talk about all kinds of thingsabout the important times in the mans life: when he met his wife, the birth of his children, special Christmases, and so on. One day, while they were out walking for an especially long time, the Lord looked at the man and said, We are closer to my house than we are to yours. Why dont you just come home with me? And that is exactly what he did.

Stephen is home again! The God who shared him with us welcomed him and will sustain us by His grace!

.: Anna Laura Page - Sherman, TX   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 08:24pm /  #1285)
All of you are in our prayers as you deal with this terrible loss.

Anna Laura Page

.: Brandt Brooks - Georgetown   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 07:13pm /  #1284)
Dear Natalie and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Tilford's passing, but he is in a better place. That makes me smile because i know that he is suffering no more there. I was fortunate to have Dr. Tilford as a piano professor. I had no previous knowledge of how to play the piano, but Dr. Tilford took me under his wing and helped me learn and play the piano. I enjoyed the not only learning under Dr. Tilford, but also talking with him about everything. He was a loving, good hearted man and he will truly be missed. You and your family are in my prayers.

God Bless,

Brandt Brooks

.: Rachel Runyan - Georgetown, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 07:02pm /  #1283)
Dear Natalie and family,
I was sad to hear about Dr. Tilford today. I was one of his piano students and I baby-sat Collin a couple of times. I loved Dr. Tilford and he was a great influence in my life. I started thinking about all of the fun I had with him in my lessons and about his laugh and his teaching. I was blessed to have had him in my life and as a teacher. It is also encouraging to know that he is with the Lord now. You are all in my prayers.
-Rachel Runyan

.: Russ & Autumn Akin - Suwanee, GA (Parkway Baptist)   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 06:26pm /  #1282)
We are holding you all close in prayer today. We are especially praying for the words to help Colin & Rhys through this difficult & confusing time. May you rejoice in knowing that Stephen is walking with the Lord today.

.: Jill Sherman - Sadieville, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 04:42pm /  #1281)
Natalie and family,

I am thinking of you and praying for you all today. I rejoice with you knowing that Stephen is pain free and made whole and new in Heaven, but also have a heavy heart knowing how painful the separation must be, until we are reunited again with our loved ones. Lean on those around you and may God hold you tightly in His grip as you grieve.
Many prayers for Colin and Rhys.

Love
Jill (and Emma)

.: Susan Quisenberry Allen - Midway, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 03:50pm /  #1280)
I just learned of Stephen's death. I was reminded of his sweet and gentle spirit. Although we had not spoken in many years, I always counted him my friend. My prayers and love are with all of you.

.: Ann Johnson Davenport - Murfreesboro, TN   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 03:39pm /  #1279)
To the Tilfords and the Kerricks,

God has called me to prayer in new and fresh ways in the past few months as I lifted your families in prayer. May the God of All Comforts provide for you what only He can provide, His Presence.

.: Warren Nash - Lexington   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 03:38pm /  #1278)
Dear Tilford family -

You and Stephen have been an inspiration to all of us.. may we be there for you now in your time of healing... Also thank you for allowing each of us to have an opportunity, through this website, to grow in our faith.

Warren

.: Tim and Angela Holder - Knoxville, TN   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 03:34pm /  #1277)
Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. What a blessing your family is to everyone. You have loved and ministered to Stephen with such encouragement and strength. Now he is with God and is free from any illness.

We are praying for you and we love you,

Tim and Angela Holder

.: Molly and Jacob Roseman - Wausau, WI   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 03:25pm /  #1276)
Dear Natalie and Tilford Family:
We send you our heartfelt sympathy & continued prayers. We're sure Stephen is smiling down at you with much love.

.: Eldred & Helen Taylor - Louisville, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 03:14pm /  #1275)
Dear Tilford Family,
We have faithfully prayed with you and for you. We have asked for a miracle. The miracle we asked for did not come as we had hoped. However, we do have the miracle of the cross and resurrection. Our hearts are sad with you but through our tears we celebrate Stephen's victory in Christ. We know where he is and we know we shall see him again and we shall be like Him. We continue to pray for His Holy Spirit to strengthen, comfort and guide all of you through this valley.
Love, Eldred & Helen

.: The Family of "Brianna" - UK Medical Center - Lexington, Ky   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 03:07pm /  #1274)
Our hearts go out to you as you experience the sadness and joy of Stephen's passing. We can appreciate your journey and believe that as you have shared with others, Stephen's journey has had an everlasting impact. We will continue to keep each of you in our prayers, praying that God will ease the pain of your loss and comfort you. With so much love, Brianna and family

.: Missy Sams- Thorn - Stamping Ground   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 02:51pm /  #1273)
I just read the news of Stephens passing. I am so sorry for those that he left, but am so happy that Stephen knew the Lord and is with Him now. The Bible says absent from the body, present with the Lord, so we know Stephen is in his eternal home. I know heaven is a better place today. Love to you all and I pray that peace rests upon your souls.
Love you
Missy Sams-Thorn

.: Ken Marotte - Columbus, OH   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 02:35pm /  #1272)
Even though I had the honor of studying with Dr. Tilford for only two years, I knew him well during my entire college career. He was a good man, upbeat under all circumstances, and a family man, never hesitant to discuss his love for his wife and children.

I continue to pray for both him and his family. He will be missed.

.: Edna Jones Bird - Lawrenceburg   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 02:23pm /  #1271)
During communion at church today, I was remembering Stephen and I played "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" because I know that the Lord took Stephen's hand this morning and led him Home. With love and prayers,
Edna Jones Bird

.: Marsha Downey - Georgetown, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 01:57pm /  #1270)
Sara just called me with the news of Stephen's passing. She has kept me updated throughout the months. I know it has been a difficult road for you. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

.: Phil and Sara Robinson - Somerset, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 01:43pm /  #1269)
Our prayers are with you, the family, as you begin to cope with the loss of a son, father, husband and friend. We rejoice as we think of the family reunion we'll all be present for one daysoon to come! I love you all.

"There is coming a day when no heartaches shall come
No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye.
All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be."

"What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be."

"There'll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there;
And forever I will be with the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be."

"What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.
What a day, glorious day that will be!"

.: Dottie - michigan   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 01:35pm /  #1268)
Know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you today. May the Spirit of God fill you with peace. May God Bless you and hold you in the palm of His Hand.

.: Jack and Carol Easterday - Knoxville, TN   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 01:25pm /  #1267)
Dear Natalie and family,

Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. All of you have kept the faith and always looking up toward our Savior. Now, Stephen is seeing "His lovely face". You all are truly a wonderful family who loves our Lord. Thank you for sharing with our family. We have loved you and grown in Christ.
Love and Prayers,
Jack and Carol Easterday

.: John and Kim Madden - Georgetown, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 01:06pm /  #1266)
John called me with the news of Stephen going to be with the Lord, just after I had arrived at church. As the worship service unfolded, I found it no "coincidence" that the entire service was about the banquet table God prepares for us. Stephen is feasting there now with his loving Father. We sang "Soon and Very Soon" and "When We All Get to Heaven" and I was greatly comforted by the words "No more crying there" and "No more dying there." We have many, many wonderful memories of Stephen . . . too many to mention here. But the one I am remembering the most is how in Kindermusik classes (what Stephen called "Happy Class") Stephen was the one I had to "reprimand" -- not the children!!! He would throw the ball up to hit the ceiling tiles, and such. He acted very child-like at times!! And now I believe he is a child again, as he joins his heavenly Father. God used Stephen and all his family to bless us in many ways . . . and He will continue to do so. We love all the Tilford family, and are lifting you up in prayer continuously!! Love, Kim and John

.: Michiko - Atlanta   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 01:01pm /  #1265)
Natalie and family,

May He provide you all with much peace and comfort. Stephen was truly a God-sent and we will all miss him dearly.

.: Dan and Janie Benjamin - Louisville   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 12:57pm /  #1264)
To Stephen's Family,

Our prayers continue for your strength and for the faith and the power for you all to say good-bye for now.

Dan and Janie

.: Ann Ellers - Louisville, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 12:11pm /  #1263)
I don't know how to express my deep feelings for all of you. I just pray that God will bless you and comfort you.

.: Kevin and Kim Henderson - Georgetown   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 11:33am /  #1262)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless each and everyone of you and keep you in the palm of his hand.

Sincerely,

Kevin, Kim and the Henderson family

.: cindy price ringer - north canton, ohio   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 11:15am /  #1261)
Dearest friends, we are praying for you this morning. our hearts are so sad we cannot begin to imagine your loss. we all love stephen so dearly and he has touched our hearts in so many ways. we hope that you can find peace
and that the memory of stephens unforgettable humor can bring you some solace right now.
we love you,
cindy price and carla vinegar

.: Naomi Oliphant - Louisville   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 11:00am /  #1260)
I too awakened suddenly about 6:45 with an odd feeling. My deepest sympathy goes out to you all for we have lost a wonderful friend, colleague, and musician. We are all blessed to have come in contact with Stephen and to have been brightened by his spirit and musicianship. He shall remain fondly in our memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

.: Kries & Elaine - Georgetown - on the way to 1st Presbyterian Church   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 10:35am /  #1259)
We're getting ready to leave for church. How appropriate that it be the sabbath. Walking this walk with you has blessed our family and strenghtened our faith. Stephen touched so many lives in his stay with us. We think also of the thunderous music and glory that surrounds him now. God has us walk this life of mortality for a reason. It is such a short time when we think of where it leads us. Our prayer today is simple...

Dear all knowing God, as you have claimed another of your children, be with us that are left behind. Let Your Glory manifest itself around the Tilford family, and those that mourn his loss here on earth. Guide us all as we continue our mortal existance, and stay with us always until our time to cross into Your glory. We thank you for the time we had with Stephen. We have been blessed in the gifts you gave him. As You now embrace him, so now we shall continue to embrace You as we go now to your House to worship you. Amen

.: Winnie Bratcher - Georgetown   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 10:07am /  #1258)
My heart hurts and my eyes weep, but I find joy from the deep faith exhibited by Natalie, Danny and Shirley, Bradley and Jane-Ellen.

I will continue to hold you up before God in prayer that you will be able to find peace and acceptance of this mystery of death.

And I will certainly miss Stephen. Winnie Bratcher

.: Jon Sisk - Lexington, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 09:56am /  #1257)
We mourn with you, looking to God for strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

.: Cindy Cody - Michigan   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 09:51am /  #1256)
Natalie and family -
I am on my way to mass now and know that special prayers are being said for Stephen and everyone in the family. May you all be comforted with the Lord's graces and know that Stephen is sending all his love into your hearts. The angels rejoice, heaven is now more glorious. Bless you all.
Cindy

.: annie - georgetown   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 09:44am /  #1255)
To hear Danny's message...................there are no words. Only a holy hush. Peace. Knowledge of God's very Presence in and with you. Awesomeness at your humble trust in Him throughout the journey, and of the way God chose to glorify and manifest Himself through each of you and your/His Stephen ... the way the fruit of His Spirit love and peace has flowed so mightily through each of you and as a family which is named by God (Ephesians 3:15) We, those of us whom you have privileged to partake of this journey with you, are changed by it. I have never witnessed anything quite like it, the completeness, sweetness and gentleness of your faith. I have seen you make eternal choices ... the choice of simple faith, to believe, to trust ... and I know it is stored up in Heaven where it will never fade. God chose Stephen for His presence, our ultimate destination, the purpose for which He conceives us. His work here in the shadowlands, this bus-stop, was finished. We wanted to prevail in prayer for him to remain so desperately, but he must have been summoned to his highest purpose in the symphony of Heaven ... the music at this "moment" must be blowing his mind wide open. I pray the verse in Psalm 139 will give you comfort, that God chose this moment before Stephen was born
"15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be."
Until your physical reunion, we have the unspeakable comfort of the mystical union of Christ by His very Spirit, which bridges Heaven and Earth, in Whom there is no distance. John 17:22, 23 "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity." Since my daddy's "graduation", that union has taken on new significance and dimension. This morning i hear only that little song ... "with your final heartbeat, kiss the world goodbye. Go in peace and laugh on glory's shore. Fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus, and Live!" \o/
We love you Stephen. Thank you for showing us a glory-filled flight. For you to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
You have left indelible footprints in our hearts. We will see you soon. I can only imagine the music of Heaven sounding its new note, God's Stephen in His ultimate element. To the beloved Tilfords, may the fellowship of the Holy Spirit encamp around your hearts, and give you Peace. You are precious and loved. Thank you for sharing Stephen with us. It has been our honor. To be continued. Without end. Amen.


.: Sue Lou - Lawrenceburg,KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 09:24am /  #1254)
I can only imagine the wonderful music that now fills heaven. What enjoyment for all the saints before us to hear Stephen and Dr. Patch playing together. It's odd how you can have both joy and sadness at the same time. Sadness for those of us left behind and joy for the great homecoming Stephen now has with his body returned to wholeness. Love to all of you as you travel through this valley. We are here when you need us.

.: Gtown College Professor - Georgetown   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 09:19am /  #1253)
Godspeed.

.: June Ann - cincinnati   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 08:57am /  #1252)
Dear Tilfords,

I awoke early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep - you were all on my mind. I felt compelled to come to the computer at 6:45 to check on Stephen. When I came down again just now, I knew why my heart was full of thoughts of all of you. As Stephen has found rest, I hope all of you will find comfort each day. I am leaving for church and we will all be praying for all of you.

Love,

June Ann

.: Cherie - Georgetown   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 08:43am /  #1251)
I love you all!! My prayer this morning is that God will comfort you in this time that must be more difficult that I can even begin to imagine. I am just rejoicing with you knowing that Stephen is no longer in pain and that God will stand beside you all thoughout the coming days.

.: Ed and Carol Hogan - Carrollton, Georgia   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 08:37am /  #1250)
Natalie and family,

We pray that God's grace will carry you through the difficult days ahead, as He has sustained you so far. You have been a beautiful witness of unwavering faith in God.

Love, Ed and Carol Hogan
(Jim and Mary Ellen's friends)

.: Lela Cocanougher McFarland - Louisville   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 08:31am /  #1249)
Praise God that we have the hope as children of God that we will one day, like Stephen, feel no more pain and have the privilege of doing the thing for which we were created, to praise and glorify God. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult, yet joyous time. God bless you all.

Lela, Joshua and Jovey McFarland

.: Beth McMahon - Richmond, VA   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 08:30am /  #1248)
My thoughts and prayers are with your family on this day that is both so very sad and yet also joyful. May you be surrounded and borne up on the peace that surpasses understanding.

.: Anne Lindsey - Lexington, KY   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 08:16am /  #1247)
I love you all. Praise God that Dr. Tilford is home. I love you Mrs. Tilford, you are a wonderful woman and an inspiration to me.

.: Darlene Drake - Lexington   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 08:13am /  #1246)
God bless you all. I praise God with you for knowing that Stephen is with the Lord. And I feel a very small part of your sadness. I ask God's special blessings on each of you.

.: Darci - home   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 07:58am /  #1245)
I am thinking of you as you deal with the loss of your husband, father, brother, son. Now Stephen is living a pain-free life, and we're grateful to God for that. I pray that Stephen's spirit holds you up during this next week of uncharted territory. God is with you always, and now Stephen can be.
My cousin lost his battle with cancer 6 weeks ago, and his last words were "Come on, let's get out of here." Jesus came to take his hand and lead him to eternity.
I rejoice knowing that Stephen is Home now. I love you all, Darci

.: The McKnights - Danville, CA   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 12:48am /  #1244)
WE LOVE YOU...and continue to pray that you are all given what each of you need now and always.
The McKnights

.: Michele Miller - Cumming, Ga   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 12:42am /  #1243)
This is very hard but life is beautiful. You have to sons and they love you!! I know because I have one to. Stephen as you know GOD is can be strange sometimes. My Grandmother was Catholic she told me GOD does strange things. I had a child out of wedlock-but I believe GOD forgave me and so did my DAD. In my heart or no heart somethings can not be helped. Stephen I have no answer why this happend to you.

.: Vicky Brewer Atherton - Cary, North Carolina   (Sunday, September 10, 2006 12:10am /  #1242)
Hello Tilford Family,
Sue Lou filled me in a few weeks ago and I've been checking in ever since. I just wanted you all to know I'm praying for each of you, for your strength, for understanding & peace, for comfort and most of all for hope. The Lord is in control and He has the master plan. Although it has been such a long time, college days still seem like yesterday. Looking at your family pictures, there is such a light coming from each of you. God bless your wonderful family. Vicky Atherton

.: Bob and Judy Cull - Owenton, Ky   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 11:58pm /  #1241)
Stephen, want you to know that Judy and I are praying for you and your entire family constantly. We pray for healing, a healing that only our Lord can provide, a peace for you and your family that only our Lord can provide.
May your pain be made tolerable. May your body be given a renewed strength. Rejoice in your Lord and the family he has given you.
In His Grace,
Bob and Judy Cull

.: Sara Robinson - Somerset, KY   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 11:36pm /  #1240)
Stephen and Natalie,
My prayers are being lifted as you are coming home in Georgetown. I love you both and am thinking of you often. Please pass along a big hug for Mr. and Mrs. Tilford from me.

Sara

.: Pam, Kevin & Kaitlyn - Lexington   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 10:46pm /  #1239)
Stephen & Natalie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you both.


.: John & Meredith Lepley - Lexington   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 09:42pm /  #1238)
Stephen & Natalie,
We, too, have been praying daily for Stephen's complete healing. We love you both.
Meredith & John

.: Carey - Atlanta   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 07:54pm /  #1237)
"God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it." My prayers continue for the Tilford family's strength and for Stephen's recovery.
-Susan's friend, Carey in Atlanta

.: Missy Sams-Thorm - Stamping Ground KY   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 07:33pm /  #1236)
Hi Stephen & Natalie.
Just wanted to let you know I love you all and am lifting you both up in prayers. I think of you all the time and I know our God is a God of miracles and we're believing and having faith for one of those miracles for Stephen.
Stephen I just want you to know that I am blessed for knowing you and I love you so much! Natalie, be strong and wait on the Lord and He will renew your strength, and you will rise up with wings as eagles. May God bless and keep your entire family.
Love you forever,
Missy Sams-Thorn

.: buddy mayo - auburn, AL, by way of Bainbridge, GA   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 06:51pm /  #1235)
Lord, Jesus, you ARE "LORD" --- you ARE the "I AM THAT I AM" and I know you
CAN completely and miraculously heal Stephen, and so given that magnitude of
faith, I ask for forgiveness of sins, mine and otherwise, and that you, for
the purpose of bringing people to you, and glorifying your NAME, that you do
indeed fully and completely heal Stephen THIS SIDE of eternity so that he
can return to your service and in your name I ask it......

.: Darci - Georgetown   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 06:24pm /  #1234)
Natalie,
I'm so glad to hear that you're still believing in a miracle. I'm also eased by hearing that Stephen's pain can be controlled, that's huge. I hope you can feel God's strong warmth surrounding you right now. I pray that you never feel betrayed, or alone during all of this. I feel such a strong urge to call or see you, but I also know that this is a time for family only, and I will just pray. Please know that I am thinking of you constantly.
Stephen,
I am so proud of you for staying true to God and yourself. God hasn't betrayed you and you haven't betrayed God or anyone around you. You've given a great gift to all the people you've touched. Thank you for that. Love, Darci

.: cindy price ringer - north canton, ohio   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 05:18pm /  #1233)
stephen, i am continuing to pray for you constantly that your pain will subside and that you continue to be strong. the blood clots are a setback but you have a powerful healer on your side. us musicians seem to find strength in song, so i am sending one your way.
love to you,
cindy

why do i feel discouraged?
why do the shadows fall?
why does my heart feel lonely,
longing for heaven and home
with jesus as my portion
my constant friend is he
his eye is on the sparrow
and i know he watches me
his eye is on the sparrow
and i know he watches me
and i sing because i'm happy
i sing because i'm free
his eye is on the sparrow
and i know he watches me.......

.: Laurie - Indiana   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 03:36pm /  #1232)
Stephen and Natalie,
Well...I know Rhonda, annie and I have been on this song thing, but music does inspire and uplift. A really good one that has helped me today is " I know my redeemer lives" by Nicole C. Mullen. Praying for you and thinking of you. I love you, Laurie

Well I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies
This life within me cries
I know my Redeemer lives yeah
The very same God that spins things in orbit
runs to the weary, the worn and the weak


.: Elaine & Kries - Georgetown   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 03:31pm /  #1231)
Natalie, your voice in song has not left me for days. The Eagles wings are truly surrounding all that love and pray for your entire family. We love you all.....your voice is carrying our prayers

.: June Ann - Cincinnati   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 12:37pm /  #1230)
Hi Stephen, Natalie, Danny and Shirley,

I just wanted to let you know that I spoke with Sam Hodges yesterday who send all his love and thoughts. He told me how much he loves the idea of the e-mail communication you are receiving. We had a great conversation, mostly reminiscing about GC days, Danny and the young Tilfords when we were there together. Many prayers and loving thoughts are coming your way. I hope you all feel their presence and our concern and the sustainance you need each day. One day at a time, keep trusting.

Love,

June Ann

.: Bill and Jan Crouch - Georgetown College   (Saturday, September 9, 2006 07:11am /  #1229)
Stephen and Natalie: Jan and I continue in our prayers for both of you. Our committment is to continue to do everything possible to have a magnificant new organ in the John L. Hill Chapel by graduation so father and son can play together, inspiring the entire community with the power of God in music. Be strong and of courage!

.: Laurie - Indiana   (Friday, September 8, 2006 08:46pm /  #1228)
Stephen,
I was thinking about our trips to King's Island. Bradley and Rhonda would ride all the rollercoasters and you and I would ride the log ride, old cars and the Smurf ride. You always made it so much fun! You know I am praying for you, I love you,
Laurie

.: Darci - Georgetown   (Friday, September 8, 2006 08:40pm /  #1227)
Stephen and Natalie,
Your grief is being raised up by so many people right now. I am thinking of you continually, and my prayers are more clear now that the kids are in bed. I'm thankful God understands the kids He gave me, because my prayers throughout the day today were pretty sporatic and pieced together due to the activity level in the house :)
Worry not, God's plan is splendid and perfect. Love, Darci

.: annie - georgetown, ky   (Friday, September 8, 2006 02:10pm /  #1226)
Rhonda's song catches my attention because i too have been praying a song for you by AMY Grant ... i have thought of it for Stephen & Natalie so many times and feel it so deeply for you at this moment

Lay down your burden
I will Carry You
I will Carry You
My Child
My Child

I can walk on water
Calm a restless sea
I've done a thousand things you've never done ... Call My Name, I'll Come

I give vision to the blind
I can raise the dead
I've seen the darker side of hell
and I've returned

I see those sleepless nights
and count every tear you've cried

Lay down your burden
I will carry you
I will carry carry you
My Child My Child
I will carry you

I pray you feel the release and awesome refuge of truly being Carried, dearest Stephen and Natalie

.: Colin and Sarah Starr - Oregon   (Friday, September 8, 2006 02:05pm /  #1225)
We are fasting and continuing to pray for you. Whenever I woke during the night, my thoughts turned toward you and your family. I ask the Lord to heal you completely.

Your situation has blessed me, Stephen. It's not the illness itself, of course, but the faith that you, your family, and so many others have shown during it... and also the love that people have poured out to you, a love that mirrors God's love for us.

We will continue to lift you up -- not because God must be reminded of your need, but for our sake, and yours. May you be comforted by the knowledge of so many people's prayers.

your friend in Christ
Sarah Starr

.: RHONDA - Indiana   (Friday, September 8, 2006 11:37am /  #1224)
Stephen and Natalie,
I woke up this morning at 5 am thinking of Stephen..... I prayed for him. I could not get back to sleep. A song kept going thru my head. It is a song by christian artist, Natalie Grant. This is the part that kept playing over and over in my head.
"If hope is born of suffering. If this is only the beginning. Can we not wait for one hour watching for our Savior.
This is what it means to be held. How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life and you survive. This is what it is to be loved and know that the promise is when everything fell we'd be held. "
I love you Stephen,
Rhonda

.: Mitzi A. Surber - Harrogate, Tn   (Friday, September 8, 2006 10:46am /  #1223)
Please know that our family is praying for you and our church family is praying for you. We love you and our thoughts are with you daily!