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Some may call it a coincidence. Others may call it no big deal.

We call it a message sent down from heaven at the exact moment when the people of Gatlinburg needed it the most. Because while the Tennessee wildfires may have taken three lives and hundreds of treasured structures, it can’t take away one’s faith.

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Dollywood employee Isaac McCord was cleaning up debris from the grounds of Dollywood on Nov. 29 when he noticed a torn and burned piece of paper laying on the ground.


“As soon as I got down on the ground, I noticed it was a Bible verse, and I was like holy crap,” Isaac said 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.”

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Isaac quickly shared the picture of the piece of paper on his Facebook page, noticing that the Bible verse was essentially describing the wildfires that had caused so much pain to so many.

“O Lord, to thee will I cry: For the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field,” the verse read.

“We were like this is unreal, this is unbelievable,” Isaac added. “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.”

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