Pauley Perrette was happy to be at church following a violent attack. The iconic star of the top show on television, NCIS, was assaulted by a psychotic homeless man. Her life threatened, she turned to God. “I believed he was going to kill me,” she says. After escaping, the attacker was tracked down and is in custody.
Days later, the 46-year-old actress was in her typical pew at the Hollywood United Methodist Church. The pastor recognized her from the pulpit. “Even though this man was punching her and threatening her life, Pauley prayed for her safety and for him.” He continued, “One, she was able to pull the strings of God’s love for each of us . . . and was able to ask his name, then connect with him on a human level and say, ‘Your name is William? That’s my sweet nephew’s name too.’ Pauley was telling her story to the media on Friday, first by proclaiming herself as a person of faith. Second, she proclaimed her forgiveness for the man who assaulted her.”
The pastor also spoke of David Merck, the attacker, calling for him to receive necessary treatment. Then turning to Perrette, he said, “We just want to say we are so glad that you are here and we love you very much.” Following the sermon, church members applauded the actress, and the CBS star was greeted by church members with hugs and kisses. She tweeted, “So so so good to be at church today.”
I admit it. I’m a fan. I’ve been watching Pauley Perrette and NCIS since the show’s debut on September 23, 2003. For several years, I’d drive an hour to my mom’s home to watch the show with her. It was her favorite show. I’ve been a fan of the quirky character, Abby Sciuto, a forensics specialist, played by Pauley Perrette, for years. But today I’m a bigger fan. It is always refreshing with a Hollywood star gives God the credit for saving her life. Thank you, Pauley, for sharing your faith with the world. Thank you for your honesty, boldness, and transparency. Thank you for letting your darkest hour shine God’s greatest light. Thank you for making a difference. I’m glad we’re on the same team.