Not long ago, there was a tragedy in Tucson, Arizona. President Obama likely gave the best speech of his Presidential career last night during the memorial service for the victims of the shooting. It was touching and poignant in so many ways, but the one thing that stood out to me was what was said about the youngest victim that day: nine year-old Christine Taylor Green. It is difficult to make sense of any part of this tragedy, the loss of any of those lives; but that of a child seems to sting the most.
Perhaps the word 'irony' doesn't encompass this, but she was born on September 11, 2001 amidst a tragedy and it would seem she left this earth in the same way. This is what President Obama said about her in the closing of last night's speech:
"As has already been mentioned, Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001, one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a book called 'Faces of Hope.' On either side of her photo in that book were simple wishes for a child's life: 'I hope you help those in need,' read one. 'I hope you know all of the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart. I hope -- I hope you jump in rain puddles.'
If there are rain puddles in Heaven, Christina is jumping in them today.
And here on this Earth, here on this Earth, we place our hands over our hearts and we commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.
May God bless and keep those we've lost in restful and eternal peace. May he love and watch over the survivors. And may he bless the United States of America."