On February, 21st, 2016 Claire spoke publicly for the first time about the losing her three-year-old son Thomas, while she delivered the sermon at Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church.
During the sermon, Claire talks about Luke 18:9-14, the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. She relates the tax collector humbling himself to her own life when her son died.
Luke 18: 9-14
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”