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Elderly couple lose nine family members in the Texas shooting and offer powerful response
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Elderly couple lose nine family members in the Texas shooting and offer powerful response

Elderly couple Joe and Claryce Holcombe lost nine family members in Sunday's tragic church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, but they don't believe that the story is over for those family members simply because they are no longer here.

In an interview with Faithwire on Monday, Joe discussed the couple's faith in God and detailed what they believe will be the ultimate reunion.

What did Joe say?

Despite the couple losing their son and his wife, as well as four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, the Holcombes have held fast to their faith.

Joe, 86, told the website that he and his wife are "very close to God" and believe that there will be a time when he and his wife are reunited with their lost family members.

"We’re strong," Joe said. "We’ll be with [son] Bryan and his wife and the whole family one of these days — and we look forward to that."

When Joe was asked what he'd say to First Baptist Church shooter Devin Kelley had he the chance, he gave an astonishing response.

"I don’t hold any resentment to him," Joe explained. "I wish he hadn’t of [sic] done it, but all I can say is that he is going to be rewarded for what he did — and he’s not going to like that reward. I don’t hate him by any means; I just feel sorry for him."

Joe concluded his discussion with Faithwire by issuing a strong profession of faith to those watching the horror unfold in the headlines and wondering where God is amid the horror of the shooting.

"God doesn’t want us to understand him; he wants us to trust him and I think I’d tell them that," he said. "We don’t understand how God works, but we trust everything He does."

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