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Goodbye, Uncle Bob

It’s been awhile, so it’s time to add some more thoughts.

My Uncle Bob passed away Friday. He was a treasure, and I’m sorry that we lived so far apart for my entire life. I had the chance to spend a week with Uncle Bob and Aunt Tae a few years ago, during the annual convention of the SPEBSQSA in ’97. He was one of those men who makes others around him feel better about themselves, and I believe that was a reflection of his strong faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Uncle Bob had suffered for the past year or so with stomach cancer. When I spoke to him last, a couple of months ago, it was clear that he was in pain. Even so, he said he trusted that the Lord had His reasons for what was happening, and he knew, because of the Lord’s promise to us, that his future was secure.

He is missed. I think it’s fitting, though, that in the last year of his life, Uncle Bob, a lifelong softball junkie, got to watch the Angels win the World Series practically in his backyard, and now he’s with them for eternity. And no doubt he’s hard at work organizing a softball league for the saints who’ve gone to their reward.

Political notes: It’s becoming clear that the firestorm over Trent Lott’s comments at Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party is not coming entirely from liberals and Democrats (but I repeat myself). Dems predictably seized the opportunity to gang-tackle the incoming Senate Majority Leader, but there are very few Republicans defending Senator Lott. I think Republicans are using this as cover to push Lott from the post because party leaders feel that he’s been too quick to make deals with the Democrats.

Look for the Democrats’ assault on Trent Lott to backfire. Republicans will name a new Senate leader, one who will be tougher to deal with than Trent Lott.

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