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I’ve been reading The Reagan Diaries, which I am really enjoying. I’ve really loved getting to know this side of Ronald Reagan. I have to say that the more I learn about him, the more I admire him. He was a remarkable man, with remarkable character. The other day I was reading his entry from when he was shot in an assassination attempt. One paragraph in the passage really hit me hard. Here’s what he writes:

“Getting shot hurts. Still my fear was growing because no matter how hard I tried to breathe it seemed I was getting less & less air. I focused on that tiled ceiling and prayed. But I realized I couldn’t ask for Gods help while at the same time I felt hatred for the mixed up young man who had shot me. Isn’t that the meaning of the lost sheep? We are all Gods children & therefore equally beloved by him. I began to pray for his soul and that he would find his way back to the fold.” (The Reagan Diaries, pg. 12)

Wow! I can’t imagine. Had I been in that situation, I don’t think I would be concerned for the welfare of the soul of the person that had shot me. This is truly amazing to me! This just speaks to the character of Ronald Reagan. What an incredible man. I just have so much admiration for him!

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