A Dollywood Employee Found Charred Remains of a Bible Verse About Fire While Cleaning Up After the Wildfires


A Dollywood employee made an astounding find while picking up debris on the Dollywood park grounds just days after wildfires ravaged more than 500 acres in Gatlinburg and Sevier County, Tennessee. Isaac McCord, a University of Tennessee alumnus, found a scorched piece of paper in a puddle of water underneath a bench. When he took a closer look he realized it wasn’t just any piece of paper, but a page from the Bible. McCord said he got goose bumps as he read some of the verses on the page.

Out of more than 31,000 verses in the entire Bible, the page McCord found contained just a handful including these two from Joel 1:19-20: “Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field…for the rivers of water are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.”

McCord posted a picture of the charred page and Bible verses to his Facebook page.

He also shared the hashtag, #PrayforGatlinburg. His post has been shared more than 160,000 times. He told reporters that he wasn’t a highly religious man before this, but that he may re-examine the role of religion in his life after this experience.