I was online when the news of the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords reached me. An email alert erroneously informed me of her death. Before that instant, I had never heard of Congresswoman Giffords. Yet I reacted to her ‘death’ as if she had been one of the most important people in my life. Or perhaps I should say, the life of America.
Some of you who read & study the Scriptures will be familiar with the expression of the veil being rent in two….so it was in my spirit, at that moment. There was in inner rending such as I have never experienced in my whole life. Or maybe it was something else…maybe my heart was breaking. Because the violence being perpetrated against her, and those with her, was a manifestation of what has been going on in America, in these troubled times. It was an end result of the forces that have been swirling around, and through, all of us. And while this attack may not have been planned and launched by a ’terrorist’ per se, I wonder if the underlying motivations, at root, are really all that different.
Gabrielle Giffords is a sacrificial lamb.
Gabrielle was doing what needs to be ’being done‘ in our country, now more than ever. She was bringing government back out to the streets, to the people. I read that, on that particular morning, she was hosting the first ‘Congress on Your Corner’ meeting. My God, just typing that phrase has tears filling my eyes. ‘Congress on Your Corner.’ How very wonderful is that! And I’m certainly not saying that other members of our House and Senate don’t meet with their constituents. But, uh, gathering in front of a local grocery store to discuss the concerns of the people really feels good to me. It feels different.
Congresswoman Giffords was making a statement.
And she was shot. Her right to exercise freedom of speech was brutally squelched.
Six others with her were killed. Thirteen, I think, were wounded. .In other words, those associated with her also paid a price. (One of them has since gone on to threaten a Tea Party member??? and has been jailed……this guy escaped with his life that day, then turns on another – I can‘t even finish this thought, my mind is so garbled up over it…)