“He did smile and laugh…”

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2012 at 1:15 am

Tulane’s football coach Curtis Johnson gave reporters an update on his senior defensive player Devon Walker. On Saturday, Walker broke his neck in a head-to-head collision with a teammate against Tulsa. After visiting with Walker, Coach Johnson said “he did smile and laugh.” Those are encouraging words. Devon, through adversity, found it in him, found it in his faith, to smile and laugh through the pain and the unknown he is experiencing.

We face adversity and challenges of different sizes, shapes, and magnitude. On this 11th anniversary of 9/11, I think about the adversity and great loss we experienced that day. Some of us experienced loss more personally and more intimately than others, but we, as a country, lost something that day. And some 11 years later, we remain steadfast and resilient despite adversity. We remember. We fight for healing. We somehow smile and laugh. This is our way to claim the love, memories, and peace, for our understanding will soon arrive.

Many prayers to you Devon as you recover. And many prayers to the victims and their families as we commemorate 9/11.


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