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6 Months After Massacre, Sutherland Springs Pastor Tells Nation Put God First

National Day of Prayer event, held May 3, 2018 in the nation's capitol. Frank Pomeroy, Pastor of Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, of Sutherland Springs, Texas, leads prayer for unity.

Pomeroy and his wife, Sherri, were interviewed briefly by National Day of Prayer Task Force President Ronnie Floyd in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall during his task force’s national observance of the annual prayer day.


Adelle M. Banks  ·  May 4, 2018

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The pastor whose Sutherland Springs, Texas, church was the site of a November massacre prayed at the U.S. Capitol for a country where God is honored in statehouses and schools.

“Forgive us for taking you out of our schools,” prayed Pastor Frank Pomeroy on Thursday (May 3) before a kneeling crowd. He listed churches, capitols and various public venues among “all the places that need to put you first.”

Pomeroy and his wife, Sherri, were interviewed briefly by National Day of Prayer Task Force President Ronnie Floyd in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall during his task force’s national observance of the annual prayer day. The organizers of the Christian group hold a yearly event on Capitol Hill and help organize and promote tens of thousands of prayer events across the country.

“I would say that it is a learning process and we are still in that process,” said Frank Pomeroy of the personal grief he and his wife are enduring after losing their daughter and more than two dozen other church members.

But he also sees hope in the growth in his church and the bonding of his community: “From the blood that was spilled, from the ashes, glory is rising.”

At the six-month anniversary of the attack, Floyd addressed the couple before asking them how their lives had changed since the tragedy.

“You have been so prayed for, and you’re so loved even though most of us don’t know you,” Floyd said as they stood in the circular room filled with bronze and marble statues of famous Americans.

Now when Sherri Pomeroy hears of violence at a high school in Florida or a Waffle House in Tennessee, she feels differently than she did half a year ago, she said.

“I think of how I didn’t pray enough before because it couldn’t have happened to us,” she said. “And now we’re on the other side so we’re more aware, more in tune with those things that hurt so many people.”

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COMMENTS

By Nate Ferguson on May 9, 2018

Just keep on saying to put GOD first but don’t do anything which can reflect your words. Having this false idea that we are pleasing GOD just by living our life and not following the commandments is our downfall at the first place.Do My Essay For Me