Husband of Emanuel AME shooting victim says wife's death was part of God's plan

Husband of Emanuel AME shooting victim says wife's death was part of God's plan

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Rev. Anthony Thompson, husband of the late Myra Thompson, led the second in a series of bible studies at Emanuel AME in her memory.

Last year, Thompson was leading Bible study at the church when a gunman who had attended opened fire on the participants.

Thompson and eight others were killed.  Using his wife's notes from that night, Rev. Anthony Thompson resumed the lesson on the parable of the seed and the sower.

The bible lesson came from Mark the fourth chapter.

In the lesson, the sower casts seeds over a variety of ground. Some fell by the wayside and the birds ate it. Some seeds fell on stony ground and when it grew; had no depth and withered away.  Other seed was scattered among thorns, and when it grew up produced no fruit. The seeds that found good ground produced a rich harvest.

Before the lesson, Thompson compared shooting suspect Dylann Roof to the seeds that fell among stony ground.

"He Sat in bible study for an hour and a half and God's feeding him all of this word and he just didn't receive it. So I called him the soil on the wayside" said Thompson.

He used the massacre as an analogy to the lesson.

Thomson went on to say that no matter how tragic he believes the shooting was all a part of God's divine plan.

"I lost my wife and I still cry about it but the whole point of the matter is that you know from God's perspective it's time for learning, time for a refreshing, time from the world and it's time for a change of heart, and change of attitude. That this could bring about a change of heart and change of attitude in the community. So if that changes in the community the church is going to grow."

Reverend Thomas was originally scheduled to teach the lesson with the Pastor Betty Deas Clark, but taught tonight's lesson alone.

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