I recently returned from Washington D.C. where it was my honor to lead a Longview Chamber of Commerce delegation. It was an opportunity to learn and also educate federal officials on issues of significance to East Texas: oil and gas, transportation, and small business.
It is a difficult time in Washington. We are in the midst of a passionate debate about the scope of federal government and how we should pay for the government we want. On a special visit to the floor of the House and Senate on Monday, I saw that it is physically impossible for our legislators to do their work without seeing the nation's motto "In God We Trust" above their heads as they speak and deliberate in their chambers. It feels to me that we need this guiding principle now more than ever.
Trust in God is something we understand at LETU. One of our honors students, Julia Thurber, writes in her blog post on CaringBridge.org that she is trusting God to heal her as she undergoes chemotherapy for Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma. She writes that she misses her friends at LeTourneau and that there are days when she's scared, but she trusts that God is always in control and is taking care of her.
Julia knows she is not going through this struggle alone. Several LETU students shaved their heads last week and Skyped with her to show their love and support. They even donated their cut hair to the same nonprofit that provided Julia with a free wig. If you haven't seen this story on our local TV station news, you can see it here.
Throughout all of our daily struggles, whatever they are, we are encouraged to live our lives trusting in God, as Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."