Lunch-Break Miracles
By Diana Aydin

A Bible in the Rubble

Last Wednesday, a gas explosion in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York completely demolished two buildings, including the Spanish Christian Church.

Eight people lost their lives, five of them parishioners. Nothing from the church survived. Except for one thing.

When firemen dug through the rubble on Saturday, they found something unusual underneath all the dust and debris: a heavy, leather-bound Bible. Not just any Bible, though. The one that used to sit at the Spanish Christian Church’s pulpit.

The church’s financial secretary, Carmen Vargas-Rosa, called it a miracle.  

“I don’t even know how it survived,” she told the New York Post. “It has the full cover, and it just had a little sand.”

“Somehow, God protected it,” said Pastor Rick Del Rio of Abounding Grace Ministries, who’s holding onto the Bible for the time being. “The word was preserved.”

So what does it all mean? Why would God spare this Bible out of all things? Why did he choose to work through this miracle specifically?

I like to think that it’s God’s way of sending a reminder that in the midst of such terrible tragedy, when all hope has been wiped away, he hasn’t abandoned us. We may not understand why bad things happen, seemingly out of nowhere. But, just like the Bible in the rubble, God is still very much there. Holding us through our heartbreak, anger and frustration. Even when he appears to be silent and our faith is failing. Some things can’t be destroyed. What better way to make that point than through this tangible symbol of God’s promise and love?

For a church community that’s already lost so much, the Bible is also a sign of new things to come. A hint at a future God has already foreseen.

“When we rebuild,” said Vargas-Rosa of the Bible, “it will come back home.”

What do you think this “miracle in the wreckage” means? Share your thoughts below.

Photo credit: Warzer Jaff/New York Post

Diana Aydin is an associate editor for Mysterious Ways magazine. When she was just a little kid, she got her first dose of the miraculous. She’s been on the lookout for miracles ever since. Her favorite time of the day is lunch time, when she gets to step away from the workaday world and enjoy a bit of God’s wonder, if only for an hour!

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I think that God wanted to save the Bible to give hope to all those people who may have lost hope in that explosion. It was shown on the national news, which was another miracle , since things of faith and miracles are usually not discussed like that!

The "things" of the earth that are church,such as buildings,altars, pews,etc. can and will decay,are subject to destruction from force of nature, and can even be victim to accidents and be destroyed. But God's word,His stories of salvation, His accounts of the life of the son of God- Jesus cannot decay, be subject to destruction,cannot be destroyed. The lesson of the bible that survived this tragedy reminds us that God always was and always will be.

The Word of God tells us that God Word will always stand, and before it fail all earth and heaven shall pass away. The preserved bible is indicative and symbolic of God's Word standing.

I've had many miracles in my life. The one that stands out is this...I was in nursing school in 1996, my son was 10. It was Christmas break and I had $15.00 to my name. I was distraught. How was there going to be Christmas for my son, my only child? We were having Christmas dinner at relatives, so we would have food. I had worried and prayed. A week before Christmas, I went to the mailbox. There was a letter from the college I attended. Seems there was some leftover money from a grant. I had a check for $189.00. I started crying and hit my knees right there in the driveway. God provided then and He still provides now. He is Good all the time.

In the midst of tragedy, there is the solid foundation of the Word of God. God didn't cause the explosion; but, He preserved something of His to remind us that, even though all may seem lost, something remains that we can use to rebuild.

Though the things of this earth will not last ,
Gods word will never die. Clearly this is a reminder that our God is eternal and He Wii rule forever.