This man survived an assassin’s bullet, and he does NOT join those who scoff at the relevance of prayer.
It’s fashionable, especially in reference to shootings, to mock prayer as an empty ritual one does INSTEAD of taking action.
Scalise, who lived through impossible odds, does not share that view. Here’s his take on it:
“My trauma surgeon told me I showed up in the emergency room with a zero blood pressure, which usually means you don’t make it. So another miracle in a lot of miracles,” Scalise told House.
“I’m a man of faith. I don’t talk about my faith a lot. Surely not before this, but I started to pray,” Scalise said about when he could no longer crawl away from the shooter. “It was almost immediate, as soon as I started praying to God, I felt this amazing calm, and I put it in God’s hands.”
“The first thing that came to mind is, I’ve got a daughter. At the time, she’s ten years old. She’s daddy’s little girl, and I said, ‘God, please don’t let Madison have to walk up the aisle alone,’ and that’s just what I thought in my head. And then I just prayed to be able to see my family again. … I prayed that David and Crystal would be successful in carrying out their mission. Thank God they were.”
Scalise credited Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) with saving his life after being shot, “When we started piecing all this together, Jennifer [my wife] and I came up with the term, we called it ‘little miracles.’ Whether you believe in God or not — I believe in God — I’ve never directly seen miracles before but I saw them that day, and there were a number of them. … I think it’s important to highlight, it’s not just something you can think about, you can point to Brad Wenstrup, a colleague of mine from Ohio. He’s a medical doctor, but he was a trauma combat surgeon in Iraq and he saw a similar incident [with] a person who had an entry wound but no exit wound, and he knew what kind of damage happened to that soldier and he knew the same thing had happened to me. So he immediately put a tourniquet on, and that tourniquet — if it wasn’t applied properly, my trauma surgeon said — I would’ve even have made it to the hospital because at least it held together what little blood I had left inside of me.”
All the little miracles added up.
And now, he’s gone from hovering at death’s door… to getting around on a scooter… to using two canes… then one cane…
And he even took part in the ballgame one year after the attack.
Soon enough he’ll no longer need even the one cane.
He and his family sure think so.
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