Anderson Cooper … and the world … were shaken by a pastor and his wife on worldwide TV…
Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife Sherri were out of town and were not at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas the day a gunman murdered 25 church goers plus an unborn child, and wounded 20 others.
But their 14-year-old daughter Annabelle was there … and was killed.
Anderson Cooper interviewed Pastor Pomeroy and his wife one month after the tragedy.
Here are 6 powerful truths that stand out from the interview:
- God gives incredible comfort and peace to Christians who have experienced the loss of loved ones, or any other personal tragedy. Comfort can come from the Word, from prayer, from the presence and encouragement of other believers, and from Christian worship music.
Many Christians are familiar with passages such as Philippians 4:6-7 (“Be anxious for nothing…”), 1 Peter 5:7 (“Casting all your cares upon Him…”), and John 14:27 (“Peace I leave with you…”).
But here’s perhaps a less familiar – though extremely effective – verse of comfort from the Old Testament:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the heart of the sea…” (Psalm 46:1-2)
- Tragedy brings true believers closer to the Lord. Anderson Cooper asked the Pomeroys if they were questioning their faith or if they were asking God, “Why?”
Pastor Pomeroy responded by saying, “…it has grounded me ten times stronger.” He also said that he does ask why, but not why did God allow his daughter to be killed. He sometimes asks why the shooter felt compelled to inflict such carnage for apparently no reason.
- We don’t have to understand God’s purposes in order to trust Him. Pastor Pomeroy admits that he doesn’t understand God’s ways. None of us do. But he says, “I have to trust that the Lord…has a plan that’s far further along than I am.”
That’s a good paraphrase of Isaiah 55:8-9,
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
- When Christians experience tragedy, it provides an opportunity for them to be a testimony to the world of God’s love, mercy and grace.
Anderson Cooper, though not a believer, was visibly moved by the testimony of the Pomeroys during the interview… as you will see when you watch the video.
- God turns ashes into beauty. Both during the tragedy in Sutherland Springs and afterward, God’s Word has been spread worldwide. Not just Pastor Pomeroy and his wife, but church members, survivors, and the community have boldly confessed their love for Jesus and their trust in Him.
“Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5b)
- God’s Word assures us that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
God will use this horrible tragedy to strengthen the faith of believers and to bring others into His kingdom through the testimonies of those who have grown stronger in their faith.
Watch Anderson Cooper’s interview of Frank and Sherri Pomeroy below (about 6 minutes).
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