A Tennessee man made a startling – and rather holy – discovery while cleaning up after wildfires scorched areas of Gatlinburg.
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The Dollywood employee, Isaac McCord, claims he found a lone Bible page, partially burned by the intense fires that have ravaged the area. He posted a photo of the page, which he said he found under a park bench while cleaning up, to Facebook.
The discovery gave McCord “goosebumps” and one of the verses that were still visible was Joel 1:19 which read, “To you, LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.”
McCord plans to frame the page which he placed in protective plastic.
The 24 year-old human resources training coordinator at Dollywood said he and his co-worker, Misty Carver were cleaning debris in the park grounds from fires that displaced thousands when he made the find.
“As soon as I got down on the ground, I noticed it was a Bible verse, and I was like holy crap,” McCord said Tuesday in a phone interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel. “It was in a puddle of water. I said, ‘I want to take care of this the best way I can,’ so I gently scooped it up and carried it out the best I could.”
Calling Carver over to look at the page, McCord was at a loss for words.
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“We were like this is unreal, this is unbelievable,” McCord said. “When we had both fully read it, we looked at each other — and I will never forget this moment — we both burst into tears. I was ghost white, and we just prayed. There was nothing else to do.”
McCord, who admitted he was not highly religious before the discovery, believes the incident has deeply affected him.
“I wanted to share this message because it brought me to tears,” he told the Sentinel. “I wanted to share this message because I think that faith and hope is very powerful in a situation like this. There are hundreds of people who are displaced and that have lost their homes. Most of these people will cling to faith. By no means was I trying to get social recognition. … I would say to anyone who wants to call it fake, call me. Please call me. It is something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
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