Pastor Consoles Victims' Family

By: Abby Barnett Email
By: Abby Barnett Email

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On Tuesday night, Pastor Mike Clarensau was at church when two of his long time parishioners showed up with tears in their eyes.

Their daughter-in-law, Andrea Myers and Grand-daughter, Corrine, had been killed in Alabama by a shooter on a rampage.

"They came to me and told me what happened, and I was just overwhelmed," said Clarensau.

The pastor and parents turned to their faith. Clarensau said he gathered the grieving couple in his arms, and together, they started to pray.

"We just wanted to lift up Josh," Clarensau said. "He's a strong man, but no one's this strong," he said.

They also spent time remembering the cherished lives of Andrea and baby Corrine.

"I married Josh and Andrea," said Clarensau. "I was also fortunate enough to dedicate Isaak and Corrine to the church in a ceremony," he said. "I'm deeply connected in their lives."

He's been with the family throughout many milestones. Now he will be with them through these deaths and the grieving process, he said.

"People want to know why... and when there's questions I can't answer, I always say, turn to God," said Clarensau.

Even though he is not able to answer why this happened to these people to these families, he says he can answer the question of where they are now.

"I remember one morning Andrea came to me after church with tears in her eyes. She decided that morning she decided to trust her life with God," said Clarensau. "I remember that moment vividly... I know where she is," he said.

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