Some stories make you think. Some stories make you cry. Others can make you mad. Then there are those stories that stir your soul and give you goose bumps. I came across the latter story yesterday and wanted to share it with you all. It gave me chills and left me in awe. It still does.
Prayer Closet Left Standing After Tornado Demolishes Rest of Home: "My God Is Awesome!"
After an E4-tornado, a Chaplain working with a rapid response team was shocked to see the remains of one family’s home. Earlier this month, residents of Lee County, AL had their lives turned upside down when they were hit by tornadoes with winds around 170 mph. At least 23 people were killed, some of them children. As a result, March 3 was dubbed the deadliest day of tornadoes in the U.S. in almost six years.
That's likely why images of a prayer closet that stood through it all, shared by a chaplain, have gone viral, as the community needed a vision of hope. Chaplain Jason Smith was in the area with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team after the storm, when he saw a house torn apart. But there was one room of the structure that remained standing.
"I just left a family who survived the tornado in this house and the only thing left standing is this closet. It's the grandmother's prayer closet, and the whole family survived," Smith shared on Facebook. "My God is awesome!" He shared photos of the foundation with two partial walls standing, the remnants of a woman's prayer closet.
Some Christians take the word of the Bible quite literally and will set aside a room, or a closet, that is dedicated to prayer, as per Matthew 6:5-6. The verse reads, "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
To see the pictures, here is the link:
For this woman and her family, I bet they are ever so grateful for the power of prayer. For more about prayer closets, watch the movie "War Room" sometime. https://www.facebook.com/warroomthemovie
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