Fort Hood Community Turns to God for Solace

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FT. HOOD, Texas -- While Congress and the U.S. Army are investigating Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan for clues as to what sparked Thursday's military massacre, the Ft. Hood community is looking to God for strength and solace.

The first Sunday after the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base, Ft. Hood families gathered for worship at Memorial Chapel where they heard a difficult message of grace and forgiveness.

"Lord, you teach us to love and pray for those who rise up against us and pray for those who do us harm," Chaplain Frank Jackson prayed. "We pray for Major Hassan, asking you to do what only you can do in his life."

The overwhelming theme at Ft. Hood over the weekend was not so much anger over the senseless and brutal murders - but a commitment to overcome evil with good.

"I think the most amazing thing I saw when I got on the scene was that although the soldiers there knew that there was an alleged shooter, and he had possibly shot numerous soldiers that were on the scene, they worked diligently to save his life," said Ft. Hood MP Angela Williams.

"I thought, that spoke to who we are as soldiers," she said.

Hundreds gathered at a prayer vigil to remember the fallen and let the healing process begin.

"As we reclaim safety and security of this community and for those who are religious, as we reach out to Almighty God and find strength in our time of need," Chaplain Douglas Carver said.

Army wife Teresa Haskins said, "It's just so sad, so sad, he was a soldier."

But Ft. Hood's strong commitment to taking care of each other in times like these was in full force. Military wives delivered food to the victims' families and the base's more than 30 chaplains were busy visiting the wounded.

"Here's a guy who received two gunshot wounds during this horrendous, traumatic situation and his first concern was for others," Chaplain Michael T. Lembke said of one of the wounded.

Lembke says the best thing he can do as a chaplain is listen and pray.

Army veteran Mark Rodgers stood for eight hours outside his pick-up truck to let the soldiers know - somebody was praying.

"We love them and care for them because they're amazing," he said. "There's nobody like the American soldier."

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