I recognize that commenting favorably on an incumbent politician may be viewed as expressing political support. That is not my intention in this post; this blog is non-political, and its focus is to clarify misunderstandings about Christian Science. Yet, I admit that I found the president’s speech to be deeply moving (if you haven’t watched it, the video is located below).
The president’s words were uplifting and hopeful. And as I have learned in my own experience of suffering loss, replacing despair with hope and assurance is healing.
I like that the president emphasized the heroism that took place in the midst of the shooting and the outpouring of love that has followed. He highlighted the selflessness and love of George Morris and Dorwan Stoddard who instinctively tried to shield their wives from danger. He spoke of the fearless courage of Daniel Hernandez, who rushed towards the violence to aid and comfort Congresswoman Gifford. He praised the two men who tackled the shooter, and Patricia Maisch, who wrestled away the ammunition. All displayed selfless acts of bravery.
And in the midst of much uncivil discourse recently, it was heartening to hear the president note, “It’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
It was a beautiful speech. Thank you, Mr. President. And my heartfelt wishes for a full recovery go out to the family of Congressman Gifford and all those hurt and seeking comfort and healing.