There's something stupendous about being able to see things this way. Stupendous, not stupid. To my mind, it's an expression of tenacity, determination, an abiding love of life. You have to appreciate the psychological power of faith. I don't have it, for philosophical reasons, but I can be glad for people who do.Ten years ago, bleeding and alone in the field where she had been left to die at 24, my daughter got up and stumbled to a house in the dead of night. She said later that she felt as if she had been “lifted up by God.” I asked somewhat bitterly where God had been 10 minutes earlier.In the greatest testament of faith I have ever heard, she calmly replied, “He was there holding my hand.”Now Eric has taken her hand in marriage, a union that is surely blessed by God.
Michael Kelly's article about his daughter's marriage in the NYT Style section yesterday was a thing of beauty--try reading it without crying! He starts with the horror of his daughter's rape 10 years ago and ends with this, on her abiding faith--