We just found out that our Uncle, Gordon Brown died.  He was Bev’s dad’s younger brother.  Of her dad’s generation, only Gordon’s wife, our Aunt Jackie is still alive.  I have often mentioned to people how much I love being a Brown.  Not only are the Brown’s some of the nicest people you would ever meet, but 99.99999% of them follow Jesus.  Sure, they are generally over educated, but I don’t hold that against them.  They are just really great people to be around!

Like many in The Greatest Generation, Gordon served this Country in the military.  After he got out, he and Jackie raise their three kids in the Bay Area.  Gordon worked for Kraft Foods for a lot of years.  Gordon and Jackie raised those kids to know Jesus.  There really is not much more people can do that is better than that.  In his later years, Gordon suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.  Though every time we saw him, he had a smile and a good story to tell.  He did his best not to let the Parkinson’s get the better of him.  Just like his older brother, there was much to admire about Gordon.

Dealing with a death in the family stinks, and I would ask you to please be in prayer for us, especially our Aunt Jackie, and Garrett, Jodi, and Shannon.  I do remind myself that Gordon had a really good life overall, and that when he closed his eyes on this side of eternity, he opened them on the other and Jesus was right there to greet him.  No doubt Jesus told him:  “Well done, good and faithful servant.  Enter into your Master’s happiness!”  Gordon has entered that happiness, no longer limited by a physical body racked with Parkinson’s or any other disease, in fact, Gordon, like his brothers, sisters and parents, etc. are no longer limited.  That is real freedom.

There is a part of me that is jealous.