Jessica Ghawi was still counting her blessings as she sat in a movie theater in Aurora, CO last night. Six weeks ago, the aspiring sportscaster from San Antonio narrowly escaped a mall shooting in Toronto, Canada. Sadly, she did not escape the shooting at a midnight screening of Dark Knight Rises last night.
In the wake of one tragedy, she wrote a blog about an inexplicable feeling that drew her outside and out of the very spot the Toronto shooting took place. The words she leaves behind are truly inspirational.
“I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.”
For those that believe in something higher than ourselves, one could say God led her from danger that day so that she could leave these inspirational words immortalized forever on her blog page. Jessica Ghawi is now a beacon of light and a reminder to us all to cherish every moment, never taking one second for granted.
Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to all the victims and families affected by the tragedy in Aurora, CO.