In light of the tragic shooting in Arizona this week, please join me in prayer for the families of the victims and wounded whose lives will be forever changed. Several family members of the victims have come forward to express their feelings of guilt for inviting their loved ones to an event where they would ultimately meet their end; pray for these people especially.
I am eternally grateful for the brave actions of Col. Bill Badger, Ret., Daniel Hernandez, Patricia Maisch and Roger Salzgeber for their roles in saving many more lives from a tragically deranged gunman. They are true heroes for placing themselves in the line of fire in order to save strangers from danger.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, while showing vast improvement since being hospitalized, faces monumental challenges to recover from what easily could have been a fatal shot. Pray for her as well.
Like many others, I am left wondering “Why?” as the smoke clears on this horrible breakdown in moral and societal fabric. What could possibly have convinced this man that he had the right to take life and do it with a smile. The question of “Why?” will likely never be fully understood or fully appreciated by anyone apart from God himself. Death is death and it’s sting will always be felt by those if affects. I take a small consolation in the fact that this event has brought a reprieve to the politicking that has become so oppressive in the time since the election. On the day she was shot, Rep. Giffords emailed a close Republican colleague and said it was time to, “tone our rhetoric and partisanship down.”
It’s unfortunate that it often takes a tragedy like this unite us all and tear down walls of politics and ideologies as we realize how fleeting and precious life is. Remember these emotions in the difficult days ahead.
Have PoliticalMavens.com delivered to your inbox in a daily digest by clicking here