When a tornado struck Van, Texas, on Sunday evening it left a trail of destruction in its wake.
Many homes were damaged or destroyed by the tornado, which injured scores of people.
Two Van residents lost their lives in the storm: Brenda and David Tapley.
David was a former police lieutenant in Garland and also served as lay minister and council chair in Van’s United Methodist Church. Brenda had once worked as a secretary for the church.
Neighbors told CBS DFW that two of the couple’s dogs were also killed, but one miracle pup was found alive, curled up in David’s arms.
The pair’s niece, Cristie Tapley Brawner, told BuzzFeed News that loved ones searching the remains of the couple’s house found David’s Bible laying in a field open to this page of scripture.
The passage on “Faith and Wisdom” from the Book of James, Chapter 1, reads:
“My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts it is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind, for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
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