Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Fourth of July!

A Tribute to our Founding Fathers



Absolutely powerful video. I have been in love with our Republic as long as I can remember. One of the greatest honors in my life was getting to serve her in uniform. One of the greatest sorrows of my life is that our Republic is just a shadow of its former self. It is incumbent upon all of us who love our republic to fight for a return to our founding father's vision.

Our rights come from God. No one can take them from us. It is only due to our population's own self ignorance that government has been allowed to expand and devour our precious freedoms. Education is the key remember what today is really about and use the opportunity to educate your family and friends.

To our armed forces who are currently serving to keep us free, God bless you and protect you.

Founding Fathers Quote

It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

John Adams

Friday, July 03, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Sarah Palin Stepping Down - UPDATED

Michelle Malkin has all the details, and there aren't many. Apparently, Gov. Palin is not running for re-election, but she is also stepping down; which makes no sense. I guess it is being reported that this will help her run for President in 2012.

That makes absolutely no sense to me. How does not completing her term as governor help her politically? There is more going on here. I just hope it is good news. The Party doesn't need any more bad news. We will keep you updated.

UPDATE 2:20 PM CENTRAL:

KTUU.com in Alaska is reporting that she will step down July 26th. Unfortunately, I don't have a TV in front of me today, but they are playing her speech on the radio and so far it is a powerful and uplifting speech; like we have come to expect from the Governor.

It appears that I was wrong; it is connected to 2012. I love what she is saying right now about personal freedom, limited government. We will be updating all day. Check back often.

UPDATE 3:30 PM CENTRAL:

On the Sean Hannity Show the guest host just announced that on Twitter Gov. Palin announced that details would be forth coming and that it was good news.

SR'S UPDATE 3:55 PM CENTRAL:

Everyone is talking about Andrea Mitchell's claim that she has a source close to Gov. Palin that says she is going into the private sector and leaving politics. Listen to what Gov. Palin herself said, in her own words. Sure she may be going into the private sector; to raise funds to run for President! She twittered herself to say "it is good". She doesn't mean just for herself and her family.

Another point people seem to be missing is that stepping down is the wrong thing to do for a Presidential run, therefore she must not intend to run. That could not be further from the truth. By stepping down she removes herself from the office and the frivolous ethics attacks from liberals seeking her destruction. Also, by stepping down she puts Alaska first, and puts the Lt. Governor into the office with a leg up for the upcoming election.

Does anyone remember that Gov. Huckabee went into the private sector now with his own show and is fully expected to make a run for the Presidency?

UPDATE 4:33 PM CENTRAL:

Here is Alaskan blog Way Up North on Gov. Sarah Palin decision.

The op ed writers, pundits, commentators, and reporters all began to put their spin on the news. But in the quote above, she said something that seems the clearest, to me: "...I am willing to change things, so that this administration ... can continue without interruption ..."

Sarah Palin has been called many things since last year's run for the V.P. slot. "Quitter" is not one of them. [
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SR'S UPDATE 6:00 PM CENTRAL:

For all the liberals trying to use the pathetic attack that Gov. Palin is not finishing her term as Governor, give it up; Obama didn't finish his term in the Senate and he certainly didn't have any relative experience that made him in the slightest qualified for president. Guess what? The Conservatives are coming, THE CONSERVATIVES ARE COMING!

Cap And Trade Or Cap And Betray?

The Constitutional usurpers, those who wish to usurp the Constitituiton and impose their Godless and socialist world views upon our great Republic and sovereign states, who are trying to sell you the Cap and Trade bill are lying through their teeth.

This bill will betray America and enslave many states to serve others who will profit from the sufferage of others. Does this remind you of the beginning of previous wars of agression fought on American soil?

Honsest Scrap Award


Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii was kind enough to bestow upon us the Honest Scrap Award; thank you Esther for this honor.

THE RULES

In accepting this award, I need to do the following:

1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.
2) Share "ten honest things" about myself.
3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me.
4) Tell those 7 people that they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving it.

Sincer Esther bestowed this award upon us both we are going to split the ten honest things between us.

DR'S FIVE HONEST THINGS:

1) Even though anyone who knows me would consider me a man's man I secretly like the theater, opera, and the occasional chick flick.

2) I have been a book worm since my youth; often being referred to as a walking computer.

3) I don't always keep up with my Bible reading like I should.

4) I need to be more patient on moving back down South and realize that it will be in God's timing and not my own.

5) Since being bit by a snake as a child I have been disgusted and I cannot stand the sight of them. I know they are God's creation, but I personally could do without them.

SR'S FIVE HONEST THINGS:

1) Growing up I was quite the neighborhood terror. I used to instigate the neighbor kids to join me in harmless, but annoying pranks on all the other neighbors.

2) I grew up on a farm with hard-core work ethic parents and am really quite a strong person, but I hated being pushed so hard to do so much and in my adult years have sunk into many weak and lazy habits. I complain a lot.

3) I hate chick flicks, romance, the opera, and the theater. If I am going to watch a movie, the more action the better. However, with that said, DR did get me hooked on Audrey Hepburn; I especially like Roman Holiday. I also like Tortilla Soup and meet Joe Black. Now to redeem myself I also like Kelly's Heroes, A Bridge Too Far, Aliens Vs. Preditor, Matrix, Lord of the Rings, the Patriot, Gladiator, Batman Begins, Iron Man, James Bond, Bourne Identity, Star Wars, and Ultra-Violet to name a few.

4) I hate baking and cooking, even though I am good at it. But, I do it whenever my schedule allows. With that said, DR is a much better cook then I will ever be.

5) I hate to clean, but love to organize. I know this sounds contradictory, but cleaning is a chore to me, however organizing is a stress reliever. I love it. I can organize a closet for hours and be completely happy afterwards.

OUR 7 AWARD WINNERS:

1) Way Up North

2) WEBSTER'S BLOGSPOT

3) Irate, Tireless Minority

4) Wintery Knight Blog

5) LUCK'S RANTS

6) Texas Fred

7) SUNLIT UPLANDS

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Will Texas Become An Independent Nation?

I keep hearing people say that secession is illegal and that those who support it are terrorists, anarchists, and even worse. We are a Republic governed by our Constitution, our government was purposely restrained, and it gave the states the right to secede at anytime.

Our Republic was not created on the terms by which we are now governed; just because presidents, politicians, and activist judges have changed the rules for generations doesn't change what the Constitution was or make it go away. No matter how much they wish it would.

We are America, if our politicians cannot or will not recognize that Texas may decide to peacefully take back its Independence. This is not a few people with extreme beliefs, the Texas Nationalist Movement has around 250,000 members. These are the people who are willing to admit their beliefs and pay membership dues. How many are silent belivers.

If Texas did delcare its independence, I wonder how many other states would follow suit? This is no longer a Southron/Northern issue. States all over the Union are standing up to tyranny.


A Little Southern Wisdom

A ship is always referred to as "she" because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.

Chester W. Nimitz

Restoring The Real America

Harry Browne has written a wonderfully inspiring article about the 4th of July, our fight for independence, the freedoms and liberty our government has stolen from us, and restoring the real America. What does that mean? When the colonists declared Independence from Britain they were willing to fight for it; it took 13 years to get to the boiling point, but they fought for and gained their Independence from a tyrannical government who wanted to control them and bleed them dry with taxes.

Ever since that Independence was won politicians have been eroding away our freedoms and liberty. We are no longer free, we no longer have the promise of liberty, justice, privacy, or the right to defend ourselves. America is not free, there is no liberty, justice, hope, or a dream for the future in what our government has become. Are you willing to take back what America was really meant to be and vote out the big government, tax and spend politicians?

Founding Fathers Quote

The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.

George Washington

Rep. Cantor Release

Cantor: Unemployment Shows that Democrats’ Go It Alone Approach Has Failed to Create Jobs
July 2, 2009
Contact:Brad Dayspring
202-226-5249


WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. economy lost nearly 467,000 jobs in June, continuing rampant job loss and bringing the unemployment rate to a whopping 9.5%:

“First and foremost, the American people are concerned about the economy, job creation and the unsustainable debt obligations incurred in the last 6 months.
Beginning in January, House Republicans laid out a serious and substantive agenda that put jobs first. House Democrats, along with the White House, instead took an unfocused, ‘go it alone’ approach that has fallen well short of its goals and has failed to create jobs.

“Inexplicably, instead of focusing on jobs and restoring the financial security that has been lost by millions of struggling families, the President continues to push an agenda that the majority of Americans are uneasy with. The American people do not support a government healthcare plan that will increase costs, reduce patient choice and flexibility, and lower the quality of care available in our country. The American people do not support the radical Cap & Tax plan which will impose a hard-hitting tax upon families and small businesses costing our struggling economy thousands of jobs.

“As job losses continue to mount, families’ worries about losing their healthcare, paying their mortgage, and sending their children to college continues to intensify. Employment must be our focus, yet Speaker Pelosi and the unchecked Democrat majorities continue to increase Washington’s hand in the free market, at the expense of job creation. At some point, even the Speaker must realize that enough is enough. Republicans will continue to offer innovative solutions that put job creation first, and we hope that fair minded, centrist Democrats concerned about the direction this Congress has taken will work together with us.

Catholic League News Release

CONNECTICUT “INQUIRY” OF CATHOLIC CHURCH SHOULD END

In March, Rep. Michael Lawlor and Sen. Andrew McDonald introduced legislation in Connecticut to take over the governing structure of the Catholic Church. The bill was withdrawn quickly in response to outrage expressed by Catholics, who rallied at the state Capitol. In retaliation, some state officials sought to penalize the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, led by Bishop William E. Lori. Moreover, the Office of State Ethics accused the diocese of breaking the state’s lobbying laws. Bishop Lori then filed suit seeking an injunction to stop the punitive measures from being implemented. Now Richard Blumenthal, state Attorney General, has asked ethics officials to end the investigation.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on this latest development:

First tyrannical legislators sought to take control of the Church, and then their lackeys tried to muzzle the free speech of Catholics with bogus ethics inquiries. These attacks show that what is at stake is the protection of the very liberties at the heart of the First Amendment. The naked use of power to intimidate the Catholic Church into silence should be a wake-up call to Catholics everywhere. Indeed, non-Catholics should condemn such bullying tactics as well.

We join Attorney General Blumenthal’s call to end this ugly chapter once and for all. Thus, we ask Carol Carson, executive director of the Office of State Ethics, to call off the investigation.


Contact Carol Carson: Carol.carson@ct.gov


Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1636

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

A Little Southern Wisdom

"All that the South has ever desired was that the Union as established by our forefathers should be preserved and that the government as originally organized should be administered in purity and truth."

Robert E. Lee

Gov. Jindal: Protecting Louisiana’s Future and Working Toward Greater Job Creation

Last week, we got the great news that the Center for Public Integrity has now ranked us number one in the country – up from 44th - for our legislative financial disclosure laws. Louisiana is now the national standard on a good list. What a tremendous accomplishment.

This recent news from the CPI is another clear sign that the nation is taking note of our work to become the best place in the world to raise a family, get a great education and pursue a rewarding career.

In the recently concluded legislative session, I am glad to say that we crafted a budget that does NOT raise taxes on Louisianians or our small businesses – even as dozens of other states have done during this national economic downturn. Indeed, we also protected the resources in our state’s mega fund so we can continue to attract more businesses to Louisiana, which means more jobs for our people, and ensured our rainy day fund will still be available in future years when we may face even larger budget challenges.

Since taking office last year, we have won economic development projects that created more than 32,000 new direct and indirect jobs and $4.3 billion in capital investment. And we aren’t stopping there… [
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Obama Appeasing Homosexuals

In a pathetic attempt to appease the homosexual community Obama made spineless and ominous comments about Americans who have the Biblical sense and morals to not accept this immoral and sinful lifestyle. He wants us to embrace our gay peers, yet punish and persecute us for being Conservative with yet another push of unconstitutional hate crimes legislation.

The states need to stand up to this wayward administration and strip it of all it's unconstitutional powers; we need to restore our government as it was established (its powers are actually very limited). It was meant to be limited to protect its citizens. A government's tendency for greed, insatiable need to control, and to intimidate was the reason certain protections to have been put into our Constitution. Protections to keep the feds on a tight leash. They are gnawing away at what is left of the leash and are on the brink of escape and total anarchy against its own.

Obama believes he is above the law, the Constitution, and above the states; he is mistaken. I have seen the states' rights movement beginning; let's hope it comes full circle before it is too late.

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

RSC Update: Monday, June 29, 2009

From the Chairman
Last Friday, the House of Representatives voted 219-212 in favor of a 1,200+ page bill that surely no Member of Congress could have fully read in the short time it was available prior to the vote. Democrat leaders continued their now well-established practice of backroom deal making by filing a 300-page amendment after 3 a.m. The House began consideration of the legislation less than six hours later.

The Waxman-Markey climate legislation, a National Energy Tax that will have a devastating effect on the economy while having almost no effect on global temperatures, contained 397 regulations and 1,060 government mandates. This so-called cap-and-trade proposal threatens to cost American families more than $3,000, raise energy bills by $1,500 a year, and reduce employment by more than a million jobs. President Obama himself has said, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” Furthermore, this National Energy Tax will force many businesses to relocate, outsource jobs overseas, or even close their doors altogether.

Our economy continues to struggle under the burden of Washington’s unrestrained addiction to spending, debt, and harmful government policies. Instead of a National Energy Tax, I continue to support the American Energy Innovation Act, an all-you-can-create energy plan. By relying on innovation, conservation, and production we can create a 21st century clean energy economy. If you know someone that wants to join our fight, please have them join us at http://rsc.price.house.gov/.

Thanks for your support!

Sincerely,
Congressman Tom Price
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity
Every week, Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media.


· Rep. Buck McKeon (CA-25): Start by Defeating Job-Killing Measures Such as Card-Check; The Hill, June 24.

· Chairman Tom Price (GA-06): A Dangerous Solution; USA Today, June 25.

· Rep. Aaron Schock (IL-18) and Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01): Never Meant as a Door to U.S.; The Washington Times, June 25.

· Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10): ‘Cap-and-Trade’ Bill Will Cripple Economy; Athens Banner-Herald, June 25.

· Minority Whip Eric Cantor (VA-07): Obama’s Conflicting Signals; National Review, June 26.

RSC Legislative Activity
RSC members have made it a priority to introduce productive, conservative alternatives to the Democrats’ reckless agenda.

· Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the RSC Sunset Caucus, introduced two bills that seek to eliminate federal programs that currently use taxpayer dollars. The first bill would terminate taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns, and the second would prohibit the use of public funding for political party conventions. Click here to send the Sunset Caucus your own suggestions for programs to target for elimination.

· Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), a co-chairman of the RSC Sunset Caucus, introduced a bill to eliminate the federal subsidy for mohair. Mohair subsidies were originally authorized to help hold down the cost of military uniforms, but the military has not used mohair in their uniforms since the Korean War. Eliminating the subsidy will save taxpayers $28 million dollars annually.

· Rep. Mike Turner (OH-03) has introduced a Constitutional amendment to preserve capitalism in America. It would: Prohibit the acquisition of any stock or equity interests; Preserve the right to provide loans to private enterprise or to acquire equity interests in the following only: To any public authority corporations, or To any public use corporations, or As investments by any government pension fund.

House Floor Activity
The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives last week.


· Speaker Pelosi and Democrat leaders narrowly forced a National Energy Tax through the House last week by a vote of 219 to 212. The Waxman-Markey so-called cap-and-trade legislation could cost American families more than $3,000 in new taxes a year, raise energy bills by $1,500 a year, and reduce employment by more than a million jobs.

· House Democrats continued to push huge domestic spending increases while shortchanging national defense and homeland security as the House passed the Homeland Security Appropriations Act, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2010, and the Interior and Environment Appropriations Act. While the Interior and Environment bill included a 17% spending increase, the Defense Authorization and Homeland Security bills received only marginal additional funding.

Outlook
Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals to advance their big-government, anti-taxpayer agenda.

· The House of Representatives is scheduled to be out of session until Tuesday, July 7. The debate over health care reform continues, however, and the danger of a government takeover of health care remains a serious threat.

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House Republican Study Committee

Rep Tom Price, M.D., Chairman

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Brad Watson, Policy Director

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Emily Henehan, Professional Staff

Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff

Jonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business Outreach

Alex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions

Brendan Buck, Communications Director

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Curtis Rhyne, Staff Assistant

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FOX Reports on Dems' National Energy Tax That Even "Green Groups" are Opposing

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Support The True Conservative For Senate In Florida - Marco Rubio

I had the privilege of being on Marco Rubio's conference call this afternoon. Sen. Jim DeMint also participated in the first half. Sen. DeMint is a solid, Conservative example and a real leader in the Conservative movement.

When the NRSC was breaking precedence to back RINO Gov. Crist, Sen. DeMint stood strongly behind Marco Rubio; the only Conservative in the Republican Primary for Senate. The conference call went off extremely well; a lot of callers got their questions answered in the short 30 minute call. My only recommendation would be they expand the time with the next conference call. Rubio fielded questions from domestic drilling to the Tenth Amendment.

One thing is very clear, he has a strong understanding of states' rights and the Constitution, opposes the bailout, and Cap and Trade. We desperately need Conservatives like this in the Senate and it is an opportunity for the people of our Republic, not just the citizens of Florida, to stand strongly behind our Conservative ideals and support Marco Rubio in every way possible; including donations and volunteering. You do not have to live in Florida to donate.

He also announced that he will be launching an updated website around the 4th.

Sotomayor Ruled, A Racist?

By decision of the Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor's ruling against the white firefighters of city of New Haven, Conn. was overturned. The Supreme Court justly ruled that throwing out a promotion exam and promoting unqualified candidates to avoid a lawsuit from minorities was wrong. This ruling makes Judge Sotomayor, not only wrong, but a racist. Think about it; because she is going to be on the Supreme Court.

Americans Dying For Healthcare?

The closer we get to nationalized medicine the closer we get to having Americans dying to get healthcare. Thomas Sowell explains in his article how you get what you pay for and if America expects to get good healthcare on a government run budget they may end up dying while waiting for their healthcare because there would not be enough resources to go around.

When you cut costs you cut quality or quantity. I personally do not want to live in a country where a woman with breast cancer can be denied care because the government decides it is too expensive to treat her.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Liberty and Tyranny: Bachmann Warns Against Cap-and-Trade

Ignorant And Greedy Neighbors Who Want To Take What You Worked For

The Tenth Amendment Centers has a great article about the causes of the American Revolution and the comparisons of what is happening in America today. Note that Mr. Rob Natelson points out that the fault did not lay completely with King George, but also on the shoulders of citizens who demand that government fix our problems; you know lazy people who don't want to sacrifice any comfort or privilege to make things right.

These citizens demanding bigger government are neighbors and even friends and family, who don't understand that they are stealing and ultimately committing acts of war against their own hard working classes.

"they have launched an unbridled and unprincipled political war against their fellow citizens."

A Little Southern Wisdom

"A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know where it is today."

Robert E. Lee

Should Israel Listen To Mr. Obama?

Mr. Obama has placated to the Palestinians and demanded that Israel stop all construction in the West bank. Since we all know that Israel is a Sovereign country who has no obligation to listen to Mr. Obama I wonder if they will sign their own death warrant or tell Mr. Obama where he can stick his audacity?

"Military strategists long have estimated Israel must maintain the West Bank to defend itself from any ground invasion. Terrorist groups have warned if Israel withdraws, they will launch rockets from the West Bank into Israeli cities."

Founding Fathers Quote

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

Thomas Jefferson

Israel to build its own navy ships

Headline News
Monday, June 29, 2009 Israel Today Staff


Israel to build its own navy ships

The Israeli navy has decided against purchasing a new fleet of naval ships from US contractors, and may instead build its own vessels at the shipyards in the northern port city of Haifa.

Israel was planning to purchase several corvette-size ships from either Lockheed Martin or Northrop Grumman. But when the cost of the ships from both US providers suddenly jumped up, Israeli officials were forced to conclude that they couldn't afford them.

Instead, Israel is seriously designing and building its own naval corvettes based on the German Meko A-100 model.

If Israel does indeed decide to start producing its own naval ships, it would be a huge boost to the local economy. Naval officials said that boost is now a large determining factor in their final decision.


Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Family Fun

In response to my beautiful SR's request here are some photos of our family trip to the conservation area today. Lake Michigan was a deep dark blue and green today; absolutely stunning. It was about 77 degrees, which is a heat wave up here. Most important of all, the children had fun and were very well behaved; even at McDonald's which almost never happens when you have five kids.








Help Defeat Socialized Medicine

Freedom Works has developed a healthcare action kit to help us defeat Obama's socialized medicine push. The key to winning this battle, as with all the others, is information. This resource will make it easier to educate yourself and others.

With the tea parties coming up this would be the perfect opportunity to print off the information and hand it out. Don't forget to also pray and contact your senators; probably in that order since God is more responsive then our elected leaders.

After all, you don't want to see Uncle Sam's finger every time you go to the doctor.

Is Redemption In Gov. Sanford's Future?

Star Parker has written a thoroughly thought provoking article that I had to point out to everyone. We are so quick to delight in the destruction of our own and so slow to forgive. Often we will put up with horrendous atrocities being committed by the other side with hardly a thought being given to it.

If you believe in the Bible you have to believe in redemption and forgiveness or you don't truly believe in the Bible. There is a difference between just asking for forgiveness and actually working to obtain forgiveness. The question is, is there any room in our hearts to grant it.

Prayer Request

An aquaintance of mine approached me today and asked for prayer for her nephew who was going to have open heart surgery; she said she wanted as much prayer as she could get for him. I told her I would post the request on our blog and ask our readers to prayer over little Tristan. He was born February 11, 2009, with two holes in his heart and other medical issues.
He is due to have open heart surgery on September 9, 2009.
Please pray for this precious little boy and for his family.
Editor's note: Blue lettering indicates edits in prayer to personalize the prayer request.