The House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise (R-LA) said that the moment he realized he was shot at the Republican baseball game practice in June, he said after he realized he couldn’t move, he began to pray, reports The Washington Examiner.
“‘When I was laying out on that ball field, the first thing I did once I was down and I couldn’t move anymore is I just started to pray,’ Scalise said in his first House floor speech since the shooting. ‘And I’ll tell you, it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm knowing that at that point it was in God’s hands. But I prayed for very specific things, and I will tell you pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. And they were some pretty challenging prayers I was putting in God’s hands.’
“‘He really did deliver for me and my family, and it just gives you that renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is something that you just cannot underestimate,’ he said.”
Scalise returned to congress on Thursday for the first time since the shooting in June and proceeded to have a three-minute standing ovation from everyone in the room.
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The Louisianan congressman was shot in the hip and shattered his femur when the gunman opened fire on the group of Republicans who were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game.
Scalise had to undergo numerous surgeries and intensive rehab to re-learn how to walk. He is still not back to completely walking on his own yet.