As I was driving to the home of a parishioner to make a delivery of cd’s, I heard most of President Obama’s speech in Tucson. The occasion was a community gathering to morn the loss of those killed and injured by a lone gunman last Saturday. It was a time fro remembering and it was a time for honoring.
For me the President’s speech last night was an inspiration. I was inspired by hope.
In the days following the shootings, as details about the victims became known, I was touched by deep sadness. One story about how the husband shielded his wife with his body and was killed, brought unexpected tears. I was moved by Dorwin Stoddard’s selfless act to protect his wife, Mavanelle. If confronted with with a similar situation, I hope I would be that faithful.
The hope that inspired me was hope for the bigger picture of our country. In the midst of heated opinion and finger pointing from all sides, the speech was an example of civility and an invitation to it. I did not hear, but understand that Governor Brewer’s speech was similar.
I hope our leaders will choose this course when the opportunity to speak comes. I hope the practice that comes of this type of tragedy will serve us in the more routine political, civic, and faith conversations.