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CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast: Gov. Fallin looks back 20 years

Gov. Mary Fallin said she could recall with clarity how good she felt after leaving the CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast 20 years ago.

The popular downtown Oklahoma City event had drawn numerous people from throughout the city and metro area to pray together and to hear the faith testimony of a Christian keynote speaker.

Tuesday, April 14, at the 32nd annual breakfast at the Cox Convention Center, Fallin (pictured) told the cro

wd of about 1,800 that she left the breakfast 20 years ago feeling inspired.

“I remember leaving this breakfast feeling upbeat and excited,” she said, noting that she had been the state’s lieutenant governor at the time.

That day was April 19, 1995.

“None of us knew what was going to happen about after we left here. … We didn’t know how much we were going to have to lean on our faith,” Fallin recalled.

The governor said she left the downtown and walked into her office to learn that one of her assistants was preparing to go home because something had happened that caused her home alarm to go off in Edmond. Fallin said shortly afterward, she watched as television cameras showed the destruction wrought on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building by a bomb.

“I remember how my heart just sank because I knew we had lost Oklahomans,” Fallin said.

Tuesday, the governor said the state was “shaken to the core” by the fatal blast but she was encouraged to see the love and compassion that poured out of the hearts of Oklahomans in the aftermath of the tragedy.

“We were a light, as a state, in a time of deep darkness,” Fallin said.

She thanked people for attending the annual gathering to pray together, saying it was probably the most important thing they could do for their state and its people.

 

And she urged attendees, with the 20th anniversary of the bombing on the horizon, not to forget God’s grace and mercy, and to remember that “God is faithful. He knows all there is that can happen and He’s got a plan.”

Look for more coverage of the prayer breakfast, including remarks by keynote speaker Bob Williamson, in Wednesday’s Oklahoman.

(2014 photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman)

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

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