It’s being described as a miracle. And, viewing the devastation left in the wake of last week’s powerful tornado, it’s hard to argue with that assessment.
Earlier this week, an EF-3 tornado ripped through Hattiesburg, Miss. At times, winds tore through the small town at 165 mph.
After the storm cleared, four people were dead and dozens were injured. A survey team confirmed at least 15 miles of “continuous tornado path,” and a state of emergency was declared.
William Carey University was not spared the tornado’s wrath. While no students suffered serious injuries, the campus itself experienced extensive damage.
Several historic buildings, including libraries and classrooms, were left in tatters. One campus building in particular, the Bass Chapel, was particularly ravaged.
The large stained-glass window that adorned the front of the building was shattered, leaving the chapel open to the gusting wind and pounding rain brought down by the tornado.
The storm gone, members of the university staff were finally able to enter the chapel. What they found inside moved, uplifted, and amazed them.
President of William Carey University, Dr. Tommy King, spoke of the damage incurred by the storm, but also the immense encouragement from one item that was found.
There, still upon the pulpit before the now glassless window, was a Bible. Shockingly, its pages were not torn. It had not blown about the room. In fact, one would never guess it had just survived a tornado.
Even more astounding: the Bible was open to Psalm 46, which begins:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.”
Now, the story of this storm-defying Bible and its message of strength in the face of turmoil are becoming nationwide news. While the winds of life may rage around us, let us remember to have faith and keep the peace, for we are never alone.
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