By Elizabeth Tenety
Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’s husband Mark Kelly gave the closing prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington Thursday morning and related that his wife, who was critically injured in a shooting rampage last month, “continues to improve. Every day she gets a little bit better.”
Kelly remarked, “When something like this happens it’s natural to think ‘How, why could this happen? Why were six people killed?”
“We can’t ever know the answers to these questions. We won’t. But thankfully, miraculously, Gabby survives.”
Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), listens to U.S. President Barack Obama speak at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington February 3, 2011.
“I was telling Gabby just the other night –two nights ago –that you know, maybe this event, this terrible event, maybe it was fate. I hadn’t been a big believer in fate until recently. I thought the world just spins and the clock just ticks and things happen for no particularity reason.”
“President Lincoln was a big believer in fate. He said ‘The almighty has his own purposes.’ He believed that there was a larger plan. I can only hope and I told Gabby the other night, that maybe it’s possible that this is just one small part of that same plan: that this event, horrible and tragic, was not merely random, that maybe something good can come from all this. Maybe it’s our responsibility, maybe it’s your responsibility, to see that something does.”
Kelly, a Naval officer and NASA astronaut, also put these events in a cosmic context:
“It’s humbling to see the earth [from space] as God created in the context of God’s vast universe.”
He then read a letter from his brother Scott, currently away on a space mission: “If anything good can come from this, it’s that we learn to work better together.”
“Prayer must be part of that effort” to do better on earth, Kelly said.
“Thank you, God bless you and please please please continue to keep Gabby’s thoughts and prayers in your heart. It is really helping. Thank you.”
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