Ken and Carol Dorushka went to Safeway that morning to get a few items for lunch and to greet their congresswoman, Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, who was holding a rally at the store. As the Dorushkas stood in line with others, shoots rang out. A bullet pierced Ken's right arm. Knowing an assassin was present he pushed his wife to the ground and covered her body with his own. Lying there under her husband's large frame, hearing the echo of shots, Carol said she was "buried in darkness." Only when Jared Loughner was wrestled to the ground, did Ken let his wife up from the pavement.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.