I heard from my cousin, Caye, earlier in the week. Her brother, Greg is the cousin who has had cancer for the 4th time now. He first had Hodgkins Disease, which is a type of lymphoma, nearly 30 years ago. Then he developed a tumor on his brain stem a few years later. A few years after that, it was thyroid cancer, caused by the radiation from previous cancers. This time it was tumors in both kidneys, and 2 tumors in his neck, also caused by the radiation. He has undergone surgery to remove some tumors, and had proton radiation therapy on others. Well, a PET scan recently showed that he is free of cancer.
His mom, my dad’s sister, has also been really sick, but has been helping to take care of Greg. She and my uncle are getting a 2 week vacation. Caye works for a NASA contractor and will be working in McLean, Virginia for the next 2 weeks. So they are going to go with her and sight-see while she is working. It’s a much needed vacation. They aren’t youngsters…Aunt Martha just turned 70 last month and Uncle Gerald was 75 in June. They met while he was in the Air Force stationed here at Ellington Air Force Base. He started coming to our church, and the rest is history. They married when she was not quite 18.
So I was looking at McLean, VA and the Washington, DC area on Google Maps. Two other places caught my eye. South of DC is Bryans Road, Maryland. Their last name is Bryan. It’s near Indian Head, MD. Uncle Gerald is Cherokee Indian. I just thought it was funny.
“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”
— Adlai Stevenson
“Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.” — President Ulysses S. Grant
Brandon narrowly missed getting picked for a jury yesterday. He was on their short list. The trial was a guy accused of being drunk, hitting a concrete barrier, and killing the girl that was in the car with him. So they asked Brandon if he had been on a jury before and he said yes. Then they asked if they gave the sentence. He said no, the judge did. Then they asked what kind of trial. He said “DUI.”
They marked him off their short list.
It was 101 degrees here today. But the heat index made it feel like 105.
Debbie, this is the way you are supposed to weigh:
5:10 p.m…We got several things done at the workday today. Yesterday, Steve and I went to Home Depot and bought a new sink and cabinet, and new faucet, to go in the ladies’ restroom in our fellowship hall. It really needed to be replaced. The old faucet could not be turned off tight enough by children, and women with arthritis in their hands, so that it would not leak. And the old sink was in bad shape. The new one is pretty. It took a trip by Charles to Home Depot, one by Brandon to Home Depot, and several by Steve, before they had everything they needed. But that’s a normal type repair job.
The ladies fixed lunch and did some cleaning. Mark mowed grass. We didn’t do everything that needed to be done, but we never do.
Church workday. Back later. I’ll be around to visit this afternoon.
U.S. House Fans the Olympic Flame
They may have succeeded at reducing the smog, but China hasn’t managed to clear the air on its record of human rights abuses. Mere days before the Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, the U.S. House hopes to take one last stand against the violent practices of this year’s Olympic host. Today, representatives passed a resolution (419 to 1) introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) that condemns the regime for its record on coerced abortion and sterilization, repression in Tibet, and support of likeminded tyrants in Myanmar and Sudan. Although Democrats play down the horrors in China, pastors continue to suffer for their faith under the brutal practices of the government. Unfortunately, persecuted Christians are not mentioned in the resolution, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
FRC has never heard back from the State Department on the plight of the Chinese pastors now sentenced to remote labor camps. Although our pleas have been ignored, it appears that those of a small group of Chinese-American Christians have not. Yesterday, President Bush met with five leaders of China Aid before his trip to the Games. If the President insists on attending the Olympics, we continue to encourage him to speak openly about the need for religious freedom and accountability on human rights.