“It lets us see we can hold to the hem of His garment and still move forward.” (Frank Pomeroy)
Pomeroy knows that of which he speaks. He is the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas – the church which lost 26 of its members in a mass shooting in November of 2017. Less than 8 months later, the church had a choice to make – host their annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the community, or allow the shooter to claim one more victim.
They chose to move forward. But doing so was a painful journey as many of the slain had been important leaders in past VBS’s. Yet throughout the congregation, other members stepped up and filled each open spot – and the turnout? Nothing short of amazing. Every year prior, the church’s attendance was between 40 and 50 children – this past year, it swelled to over 100!
Why? Because the broken congregation chose to hold to the hem of Jesus’ robe and move forward the best they could. Folks, I suspect many of us can relate to the picture painted by those words. Life may have knocked us to the ground, and we fear that we may never be able to get back up or move forward. At those times, perhaps the most we can do is hold on to the hem of Jesus’ robe and remain there – just breathing at His feet as we hold on.
As FBC of Sutherland Springs discovered, Jesus binds up the wounds of the brokenhearted and helps us move forward when life knocks us down. Cling to Him. Dave
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)
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