The remarkable and touching eulogy for his friend, pastor and state Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney by President Obama was simply historic, mesmerizing, uplifting; one of a kind. It touched our hearts and minds, and thrilled our spirits.
Heartfelt and straightforward, the president engaged us in a powerful and inspired sermon on the goodness of a man cut down with eight other cherished victims, the story of race and violence in America, and the awesome gift of God’s amazing grace bestowed upon us.
The mourners and congregation of Mother Emanuel AME Church held themselves with the utmost dignity despite the unspeakable pain and horror inflicted upon their community, and I was not surprised, but greatly moved, when subsequent speakers honored the president with the title reverend president.
On this day in America, we have witnessed a turning point in our nation’s history, where, in a moment of great tragedy, under the leadership of a great and courageous president, we came together to acknowledge the enduring power of goodness over hate, of forgiveness over violence and indifference, and of God’s grace over our nation and over each and every one of us.