Bible left untouched among tornado wreckage in Mississippi

Bible passage (CNN)
Bible passage (CNN)

HATTISBURG, MS (WCMH) — The town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi is still cleaning up from last week’s tornado, but one discovery is giving residents there new hope.

The EF-3 tornado tore through buildings at William Carey University, even damaging the campus church. When staffers started sifting through the damage, they made a stunning discovery: An open Bible on the puplit was left untouched by the surrounding debris.

What’s more is that the Bible was open to Psalm 46, which reads: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Rick Wilemon, an adjunct art instructor at the Christian college, told CNN the Bible was a fixture in the chapel.

“It is remarkable that something so inspiring to our community is also inspiring to the nation,” Wilemon said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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