Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) recently revealed the prayer that he said as he lay bleeding out on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 14.
Scalise told “60 Minutes” that he first thought of his daughter after he and other Republican congressmen were attacked by James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, as they practiced for a charity baseball game that is held annually against a team of their Democratic peers.
“At that point, I just went into prayer. And it, it gave me a calmness,” Scalise said of the moments after he had been shot. “It was a weird calmness, while I’m hearing the gunfire. You know the first thing that came to mind? I prayed, ‘God, please don’t let my daughter have to walk up the aisle alone.’ That was the first thing that came to mind.”
After that, he recalled praying to God that he could see his family again.
Watch Scalise discuss these personal moments below:
As Faithwire previously reported, Scalise for the first time returned to the House flood on Thursday after three months of battling for his life; he received a standing ovation from his colleagues.
Scalise, who also addressed his congressional peers on the floor, said that the past three and a half months “have been pretty challenging times” for both him and his family, and that his recovery has been miraculous in nature.
“I’m definitely a living example that miracles really do happen,” he added.
Scalise also discussed the physical impact that he endured after the shooting.
I’m back. pic.twitter.com/vuqYQorM6U
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) September 28, 2017
“My femur was shattered,” Scalise told “60 Minutes” contributor Norah O’Donnell. “The hip and pelvis had serious damage where the bullet went through and, you know, did some damage to areas that had to be shored up with steel plates and then they did a phenomenal job of rebuilding, you know, kind of the, rebuilding Humpty Dumpty. I mean, there were, there was a lot of damage inside that had to get fixed.”