I was shocked Saturday when I heard Fox News report the breaking news from Tucson, Arizona. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others had been shot in a Safeway parking lot during a "Congress on the Corner" event.
Rep. Giffords underwent brain surgery on Saturday and is now fighting for her life in a Tucson hospital.
President Barack Obama is asking all Americans to observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. (Eastern Time) Monday (January 10) to honor the victims of this weekend’s mass shooting in Arizona. A White House statement said the moment of silence will allow people to come together, in prayer or reflection, and keep the victims and their families close at heart. President Obama will observe the moment of silence with White House staff on the South Lawn. The president also signed a proclamation calling for flags to be flown at half-staff.
"Many of you have offered help. There is little that we can do but pray for those who are struggling," said Mark Kelly. "Gabby was doing what she loved most -- hearing from her constituents -- when this tragedy occurred," Kelly said. "Serving Southern Arizonans is her passion, and nothing makes her more proud than representing them in Congress."
I urge you to pause this morning to pray for Rep. Giffords and the other shooting victims. Pray for the families of those who lost their lives. Pray for our country and all who serve in public office. I believe we need divine intervention and we need it now. I pray that all Americans will set aside their political views and be unified during this time of tragedy. Prayer changes things. God bless America!