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The Astronaut and His Lady

Watching the Diane Sawyer interview with Commander Mark Kelly regarding his wife’s recovery was truly inspiring!

Now, for those who have read the musings of yours truly from yesterday, you know that this writer lost a bit of respect for Mark Kelly after reading an article where he “ripped” Speaker of the House John Boehner for not going by to visit Congresswoman Giffords during her recovery. It is still the personal opinion of this writer that bringing politics into their story lessens the beauty, just a bit, of the miracle that is Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords. There is still a small amount of respect that is forever lost. Yes, it is his right to speak his mind. It is also this writer’s right to wish that politics had been left at the door.

With politics out of the way, let’s look at the beauty that has come from tragedy.

January 8, 2011 is a day that is forever marked in American history. It was a senseless tragedy that should have never happened. As a nation, we held our collective breaths, not knowing if Congresswoman Giffords would live through the tragedy. In fact, it was originally reported that she had died.

Thankfully, those reports were wrong.

While this is not the first interview with Commander Kelly since the shooting, it is the first interview since the book about their journey since the shooting has been published. This is also the first interview where Congresswoman Giffords is interviewed since the shooting.

The book, entitled, “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope”, is most definitely titled appropriately.

Commander Kelly decided just a few days after the shooting to start videoing her progress. He was that optimistic that she was going to come through this. He said he knew that she would ask questions about the process, and he wanted to document it for her. They decided to share the videos to show that there is hope after a tragedy such as this.

There is no question that Mark Kelly loves his wife. One comment he made in the interview really struck a cord with me. He said that this is what his marriage vows are truly about… in sickness and in health. Though Gabby is not the picture-perfect model of beauty to the fashion world, she truly is the picture-perfect model of beauty from within. Whether or not you agree with her politics is not an issue. This woman is a survivor. A fighter. A warrior, as her mother said.

After watching the interview was was DVR’d on Friday night, this writer can graciously extend forgiveness to Commander Kelly’s comments regarding Speaker of the House Boehner just a bit. Yes, just a bit. While there still remains the wish that politics never have been brought into their beautiful tale of hope and healing, there is also an understanding on this side that maybe Speaker of the House Boehner is the easy one to lash out at.

There is one specific part of the interview that can be debated, which will be addressed in a separate article. But not here, not today. Today, this article is a celebration of life and healing in the midst of tragedy. This is a story about the astronaut and his lady. Their true, undying love for each other- for better for worse, in sickness and in health- is undeniable!

Commander Kelly, you have (mostly!) redeemed yourself in the eyes of this humble writer. May God bless you, keep you, and continue to give you strength on your continued journey with your beautiful wife!


You can see the entire 20/20 episode here.

New Jersey Church Dedicates Song To First Responders & Families of 9/11 Victims

Commemorative Song Performed Live for Expected Audiences Totaling Over 2,000 at Memorial Services Held in Three NJ Counties on September 11

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Sept. 6, 2011 — Liquid Church, which engages a variety of multi-media and arts in its programs, has commissioned a new song commemorating the sacrifice and service of first responders to the 9/11 tragedy. The song titled, “There is Hope,” is being dedicated as a gift to the surrounding communities during this time of remembrance.

Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of Liquid Church, has envisioned the project since 9/11 last year. He enlisted singer and songwriter, Dave Pettigrew, in helping to capture the spirit of the message he wanted to bring to the people. Lucas explained, “While so many of the messages in the public square look back into the past of what has happened with 9/11, we wanted to share a gift of hope and inspiration that helps us look forward again.” The song and lyrics can be previewed at http://www.liquidchurch.com/9-11/thereishope.

Pettigrew is performing live at two Sunday morning memorial services in Essex County at the John Walker Middle School in Nutley, NJ. The venue, which seats 750 people, is the site of the church’s newest campus location, being launched on the same day in a symbolic move of hope for the community. Nearly 200 local volunteers have signed-up in various capacities for the memorial services.

3,000 free copies of the song on CD are being presented to participants at all six 9/11 services in Essex, Middlesex and Morris counties.

The song has captured very positive reception so far, including various satellite radio and Internet music stations that are adding “There is Hope” into their airplay rotations. Other churches and organizations that want to use the song and accompanying music video during local commemorative 9/11 events are invited to do so via the song’s media page.


Members of the media community are invited to the live performances of “There is Hope” by Dave Pettigrew at the 9/11 Memorial Services in Essex County. RSVP to Kenny Jahng | (973) 500-8536 in advance of the event.

September 11, 2011 // 9:30am & 11:30am
John Walker Middle School
325 Franklin Avenue
Nutley, NJ 07110


Singer/songwriter Dave Pettigrew was recently selected among the Top 20 new emerging artists in contemporary Christian music, has opened for the likes of Mercyme, Lincoln Brewster and Mark Schultz amongst others, and is a World Vision Artist Associate. Based in New Jersey, he actively tours with his band throughout the northeastern U.S.


Liquid Church, founded in 2001 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, welcomes people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. With campuses in Morristown, New Brunswick, and Montclair, nearly 2000 people experience Liquid’s worship services every weekend in New Jersey and around the globe through its Church Online. The church exists to lead the current generation into a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ. As a part of its global outreach, Liquid provides clean drinking water to poorest of the poor with dozens of completed projects in Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Haiti and El Salvador.

For more information about Liquid Church: http://www.liquidchurch.com/.