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My Prayer for Brittney Griner

Published / by Lee Kessler / 4 Comments on My Prayer for Brittney Griner

This is my prayer for you, Ms. Griner. As an American, I am happy you are home, and reunited with your family. I do not choose to discuss lifestyle or politics today. You are an American, and you have a right to be back in the United States of America. It is my understanding that Viktor Bout’s family is equally joyous at his return.

What I want you to understand though is that Americans will die as a result of this exchange. You are free to pursue now your American Dream–the NBA, where you play basketball. Mr. Bout is now free to pursue his dream, which is to kill Americans.

And make no mistake, Americans will die in the future as a result of your freedom. You will not know their names, nor will I, for some time. But, make no mistake, your experience in Russia must have established for you a new reality on the difference between true freedom–however flawed you view it–and true suppression. Mr. Bout will ensure, directly or indirectly, that Americans die.

So, please, honor them now in advance. Men and women–and possibly children–will pay the price for your freedom. Their families will never be “reunited” because their loved one will have perished. The government of the United States has decided to spare you, in exchange for the future death of American citizens. It is my prayer that you be grateful for the sacrifice the countrymen you have disparaged will make in the near future for you. And that you will show the same grace and compassion for them and their beliefs as they, as Americans, have shown to you today.

It is my further prayer for you that you become an activist now to bring home every American who has been seized–regardless of their politics, their gender, their color, or any other thing you value. They are Americans, and they deserve not to be left behind. Your credentials, and those of Steph Curry as well, should help them and their families.

And it is my final prayer for you–coming from someone as different from you as you can imagine–that you cease disrespecting this country and your fellow countrymen who will have made an ultimate sacrifice so you can pursue the American Dream. I honor what you have done. Now let’s see what you learned from this, and who you become, and what you do in the future.

Welcome home, Ms. Griner. You are welcome here!

From, “someone who could be the next intended victim of Viktor Bout.”

And it is my prayer for my fellow Americans that you spread this Blog “far and wide, even into the seats of power.”


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On Oct. 2, 2022 America lost a true American patriot, and an especially brilliant and talented man. Stephen Luckey was a friend of mine–I had known him and his wife Jeannie for 17 years. Steve was the first person to really encourage me and support my novel “White King and the Doctor,” and every book since in the series. He had a strong belief in what I was doing, and his furtherance of the book made all the difference in what has happened since. I am profoundly grateful to the man who met a perfect stranger, believed in her, and supported her.

But the book I would encourage you all to read is his own autobiography, “Lucky Man: A Life Lived One Shot at a Time.” Written during the final two years of his life, it reveals his delicious irreverence, his courage, his vastly diversified areas of expertise, and his great love of country and family. It is the story of an American hero, told humbly. Steve Luckey was the winner of a Bronze Star for his groundbreaking and tremendously dangerous work in Viet Nam. And that was just the beginning of a long, successful life adventure.

He fought valiantly against the disease that ended his life. From the moment of the diagnosis I believe he knew the eventual outcome. Yet he was determined to take every moment, every day of life, and live it with valor and with humor. There were two warriors in that fight. His wife Jeannie was never not at his side, creating a normalcy where none would otherwise have existed. I admired the two of them, as they faced all challenges together. “Lucky man” found a great mate who had the stamina and the will to fight along side him.

These bonds and characteristics represent the best of us I believe. Steve lived his life professionally to secure our great country from so many different enemies. He was respected for that. Yet, at his Memorial Celebration, it was evident to me as his family spoke about their dad that he lived his life personally with the same passion and commitment–determined to make this a better world for his family, and the families of all of us.

I am grateful to have known him. I am reassured in the goodness of our country, for having known him. I am inspired by the strength of the American family and am dedicated to making sure the family unit is never destroyed in this country. Though I did not know him through any of the incredible adventures you will read about in his book, I am proud to have watched a hero face the end with honor and grace.

Steve Luckey, you will be missed. But you will never be forgotten.

I encourage you all to pause, and remember. Here is the link to his book: