During her typical White House Press Briefing Sarah Huckabee Sanders is usually a pillar of stoicism and at times sternness when she needs to make her point and make unruly journalists listen, but on Tuesday she became emotional reading a letter from a nine-year-old girl named Sophia, reports The Daily Caller.
Sanders told the story of “nine-year-old Sophia” who suffers from a rare brain disease. The illness left Sophia partially paralyzed, but after numerous surgeries, Sophia is slowly regaining the ability to walk.
Sophia’s story really emphasized how much “God” was on her side and how the power of the lord can make all things possible.
She expressed in her letter about having the goal of reaching 10,000 people to be able to pray for her while she undergoes her next treatment.
Sarah Sanders responded, sharing Sophia’s story with millions of people and telling her the President himself would be praying for her. Sanders said, choking back tears:
“‘Today, I’m here to tell you millions of people from every corner of the world will be praying for you. Among those will be all of us, including President Trump. Here at the White House, he told me to tell you to keep fighting, never give up, and never lose faith in God. With Him, all things are possible,’ said Sander.”
Not only are these kinds of personal testimonies not a common occurrence at White House Press briefings, but talking about or even just the mere mention of God is virtually unheard of as well.
That is something special that this administration has really looked upon and expanded upon even in simple things like reading a letter from a terminally ill seven-year-old girl. It’s what separates this administration from past ones and acknowledges that faith is a big mover and motivator in the lives of Americans.
Sanders full remarks are worth reading as well:
“Today, an inspiring family and brave little girl from Brownfield, Texas are facing a challenge that inspiring their friends and neighbors and now, hopefully, a nation. Nine-year-old SophiaMaria Peters suffers from a rare disease that causes the blood vessels in her brain to narrow and close. Three years ago this condition resulted in severe strokes, leaving her partially paralyzed. She has undergone numerous surgeries but faced each one of them with a fearless exuberance for life. When doctors told her she would never walk again she dismissed them. “If you are only going to talk about what I cannot do, than I don’t want to hear it,” she said. Not only that she try, she succeeded, leaving her doctors dumbfounded.
When asked how she was doing these things she said “Because I am awesome.” During the holidays of 2016, Sophia had more strokes but she kept fighting. A neurosurgeon told her mom “This little girl has God on our side.”
These experiences led her mom to realize her daughter’s incredible faith could have a profound impact on others. In a world where things are so bad and ugly, so much loss of faith, she said “People needed to hear Sophia’s story so they could hear a true testament to God’s grace and His glory revealed.”
This Friday, Sophia will undergo brain surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and she has a request: she has asked the world to come together and pray for her on the date of her surgery. In her mind, that mean creating a goal of reaching 10,000 people. We want to make sure she gets that and far exceeds it. Today I’m here to tell you millions of people from every corner of the world will be praying for you. Among those will be all of us, including President Trump. Here at the White House, he told me to tell you to keep fighting, never give up, and never lose faith in God. With Him, all things are possible.
Thought that was very inspiring. a great message for all of us to remember. Thank you, Sophia, for your strength and reminding us of that today. With that, I will take your questions…”