Dollywood Employee Finds Burned Bible Page With Haunting Message
Amid the devastation from the Tennessee wildfires, an employee cleaning up debris at Dollywood discovered a burned page of the Bible with an eerie story to tell.
Isaac McCord, an employee at Dolly Parton’s theme park, was helping the house and grounds team clean different areas following the fires when a torn piece of paper, charred around the edges, caught his eye.
It was a page from the Book of Joel from the King James Bible, a part of which references how a fire would devour the wilderness.
Joel 1:19 was one of the visible passages that 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.”
It also featured Joel 1:20: “Even the beasts of the field pant for you because the water brooks are dried up, and fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.”
Many of the passages around the chapter were charred and hardly visible.
The 24-year-old posted a photo of his find on Facebook, where it has been shared more than 66,000 times. He captioned the image with the verses and: “It was under a bench soaking wet. Talk about goosebumps....”
Mark Nagi, a Tennessee state employee, shot video of the devastation caused by the wildfires. His video shows an apocalyptic scene, with charred remains of storefronts, abandoned cars and debris.
"It is remarkable, this is one of those things that people will pay attention to. It is a story that really tugs at the heart strings," he told Inside Edition. "Folks in this area are extremely resilient, they call on whatever they can to get them through moments like these."
On Wednesday, WVLT Local 8 reported that a statue of Jesus was the only thing that remained after a house in Server County burned to the ground.
The fires are still raging in some areas as of Wednesday, but rainfall has helped douse the flames.
The fires began late Monday night and spread quickly through the area through Tuesday due to 87 mph wind gusts.
Officials say at least four people have died and 45 others have been injured. More than 250 buildings in the area are said to have been destroyed or damaged.