A scorched Bible found in the remains of her home reminded Laura Carrasco, "You can't imagine what it's like to lose your Bible until you don't have one." Photo by Morris Abernathy
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (BP)--Through the smoldering, black ash of what was left of the home of Mike Foscolos of San Bernardino his flashlight caught site of a paper fluttering through the air just hours after the flames consumed his home.
As he stepped on it with his foot to catch it, he realized it was a singed page from his Bible.
"It was the first Bible I received as a new Christian and I had saved it in the garage," said Foscolos, who evacuated his home on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, and returned that evening to find it destroyed. "I couldn't believe it was the page with Jeremiah 29:11-13 on it."
"It's not over yet," San Diego Fire Capt. Gerry Brewster, said Oct. 30 of the Southern California wildfires. "There has been tragic loss, but knowing God I know there is a meaning." Photo by Morris Abernathy
The passage reads: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Foscolos said he is having the page framed to keep in his rebuilt home as a testimony.
"To me, it means God is in control and His promises are true," said Foscolos, who manages the bookstore at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Calif., where 15 other members of the church lost their homes and one deacon died after suffering a heart attack after evacuating his home. "It's a reminder that God has a purpose for everything. We may not know why something happens but it's not our place to ask Him." Read More