By Charlie Johnston
I just wanted to let you know that Joey Cronin just got out of surgery. As I mentioned yesterday, they were giving him a tracheostomy so he can breathe on his own without damaging his throat and a gastric bypass so he might more easily be fed.
His Father, George, says the surgery was a success and that they will be feeding Joey tonight. It would not hurt at all – and might be a great help – for all those who called the hospital before to call them now. Tell them you know what an intense week it has been and thank them for giving such effective care after having had such a tense week. Their number, again, is 361-694-5000.
We fought with faith and fortitude when it was needed. Now it is time to bind up the wounds of battle. Keep praying for Joey and his family – and for an end to the culture of death. May the light drive out the darkness.
I am leaving the mountain this afternoon, so will be out of pocket for a bit. My apologies to the many who have sent messages to my email box that I have not yet responded to. I will be at it again Monday.
I think it would be good to ponder the closing paragraph of Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. It was directed both to the victorious north and the soon-to-be-defeated south:
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1864