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Steve Scalise: God Answered 'Pretty Much All' of My Prayers While I Lay Helpless on the Ball Field

Steve Scalise speaking on the house floor.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) returned to the United States Congress on Thursday, after three months of recovering from being shot at a Congressional Baseball Game practice on June 14. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) paused a vote to give Scalise time to speak, and Scalise used that time to thank everyone who offered him support and prayer, and to thank God for answering his prayers.

"When I was laying out on that ball field, the first thing I did once I was down and I couldn't do anything anymore, I just started to pray," the congressman said. "I prayed for very specific things, and I will tell you pretty much every one of those prayers was answered — and they were some pretty challenging prayers."

God "really did deliver for me and my family, and it just gives you that renewed faith in understanding that the power of prayer is just something that you cannot underestimate," Scalise declared, to thunderous applause.

"I'm definitely a living example that miracles really do happen," the congressman declared.

He specifically thanked "true angels," starting with the U.S. Capitol Police, whose very mention received a standing ovation. Scalise singled out Crystal Griner and David Bailey, members of his security detail who also got shot in the attack.

"Jennifer and I truly treat them as part of our family," Scalise said (shooting down ridiculous liberal attacks that the congressman is "homophobic," since Griner is a lesbian).

"One of the things I prayed for is that David and Crystal would be successful in carrying out their duties," the congressman added, describing the police officers as "incredibly well-trained and incredibly professional."

Right after his prayer, Scalise recalled, "I could hear a different caliber weapon, and that told me that they had immediately engaged the shooter. If they didn't act so quickly and — even after being shot both themselves — continue to engage the shooter, and ultimately get him down," many would have died. He noted that these brave officers "saved the life of a lot of other people who are here in this chamber today."

Addressing Bailey (Griner could not be there), the congressman declared, "David, you are my hero. You saved my life. Thank you so much."

Scalise also thanked God for "the little miracles that happened that day and throughout the next few months of my recovery." He thanked members of his congressional district for praying, and he thanked the members of other districts for praying as well. He thanked his colleagues — on both sides of the aisle — for their prayers as well. Even foreign dignitaries expressed their support, and he found that moving.