A Christmas miracle occurred for a Texas man last Friday when a fire burned down his entire home leaving only his Holy Bible.
According to Fox News, “Charles House, of Tyler, was awakened by the smell of smoke and immediately ran out of his small home — a storage unit that he had converted into a living space. Everything was lost, but House’s Bible somehow survived the blaze.”
“I looked up and my whole bedroom was on fire,” House said. “All I could do was just jump up and run out the house. It’s fortunate I got myself out of there.”
House told local news that his Bible’s safety was a sign from God that His word will not perish. “He said His word would not perish, and the Bible did not burn,” House said. “It was scorched, but it did not burn.”
House added, “You can take it away, but you can never stop His word. I’m a witness to that right now. Seeing that Bible, in the middle of that fire … it didn’t burn that Bible.”
A GoFundMe page has since been set up to aid House with the loss of his home. The fire marshal has since concluded that hazardous wiring in the building caused the fire. House is thankful to God he survived.
“It’s a blessing,” he said. “I can’t stop saying that because it’s a blessing. Thank God.”
The GoFundMe page has raised more than half of the $5,000 goal.
“I was living in a storage building while looking for me a house,” says the page. “Unfortunately, the building caught on fire with all of mt things in it. I’m a diable man trying to find me a place to stay & recover the important things I loss.”
House’s miraculous Bible story recalls that which happened to bus driver Ricky Wagoner in Dayton, Ohio, who survived two gunshots thanks to his pocket-sized Bible.
In 2014, Wagoner was approached by three men while repairing his broken down bus. “He heard suspects say that it was ‘time to kill a polar bear to get into a club,” Dayton Sgt. Michael Pauley told reporters at the time.
The suspects then began assaulting Wagoner, shooting him in the leg and stabbing him in the arm. Luckily, Wagoner managed to fight back by stabbing one of his assailants with a pen, scaring them off.
In a conversation about his injuries with a 911 dispatcher, Wagoner said, “I just looked at the chest. It just feels like I’ve been hit with a sledgehammer. I’ve got a book in my pocket, and I don’t think they made it through this book.”
Sure enough, when police arrived, investigators found two bullets lodged in a pocket-sized copy of “The Message,” a contemporary translation of the New Testament that he just started carrying a week prior to the event.
“There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident because he probably should not be here,” Sgt. Pauley said.
Wagoner later received treatment at a local hospital for his injuries. One of the suspects saying “kill a polar bear to get into a club” hints this might have been a racially-motivated gang initiation killing.
When the Woosley Fire in California ravaged Paramount Ranch, a western-style town used for movies and TV shows, all structures in the area burned down except the church.