Pastor Says Finding Faith is Common In Time of Tragedy

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

December 16, 2012

Pastor Kyle Clements of Ruckersville Baptist Church says when a person's life is turned upside down, when events like the shooting in Newtown, Conn., occur, there seems to be a pattern of renewed faith.

"My cell phone rings, from people that I don't know. People I've never met, some of them I never will meet. But it's in that moment in life where all of a sudden they're confronted with the question, 'Who am I going to call?' They're going to call the minister, the priest, the rabbi. They call a friend that does what? Lives faith," said Clements.

Church member Brandon Flasco, a father of two boys, said he explained to a friend, who does not pray or practice a religion, why Sundays are so important to him.

"The people that woke up on Friday morning were not planning on dying. And the reality is that today could be it. When you realize today could be your last, my hope is that you know where your eternity is gonna be," Flasco said.

When something so tragic happens in life, there are so many questions and the grief is unbearable. So, Clements is not surprised when he gets calls or more guests on Sunday's services.

"These types of instances where human understanding just isn't going to do it," he said. "I don't believe anyone can find an answer and say 'Ah-ha!' and all of a sudden the grief is gone. If we can't get comfort through human understanding, where are you gonna go? All I can say is that faith works. It really does."

Clements said even children were speaking up during the service today about the Connecticut tragedy.

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