On October 23, severe thunderstorms hit the Wakefield, Massachusetts area, resulting in a 150-year-old church getting struck by lightning.
Unfortunately, the bolt sparked a fire that engulfed the entire building of the historic First Baptist Church and burned it down to the ground.
"When the windows were all aglow "” every stained glass window was aglow "” it looked like you were looking into hell," said parishioner Susan Auld, according to the Boston Globe. "It was just an awful, awful sight."
Given how severe the damage was, no one expected any of the building's contents to withstand the seven-alarm blaze, but a miracle happened.
Cleanup crews were digging through the rubble when they made an unexpected find that brought hope to the parishioners after such a devastating loss.
Buried beneath the ashes was a painting of Jesus Christ that survived the fire unscathed. The picture, the only item that survived the inferno, originally hung inside the church's front door.
"I'm personally taking it as a sign and a reminder that the Jesus, the Christ that we serve is still alive and even though our church building is gone our church is here and the God we serve is still here," parishioner Maria Kakalowski told the Boston Globe.
Pastor Norm Bendorth also expressed a similar sentiment while speaking to local news station WCB5.
"Our faith is one of hope and resurrection and we believe that we can rise from the ashes and joy comes in the morning," he said.
According to reports, what's left of the church's structure will be torn down, so for now, the painting will be given to one of the parish's former pastors.
The church has since released a statement thanking the firefighter and the community for all their efforts and support.
A very big thank you to the many firefighters who did their jobs with excellence, and to the outpouring of support from the community.
We know that we serve a God who specializes in restoring brokenness and who can bring beauty even from ashes.
Holy items surviving disasters happen more than many people are aware of.
In 2015, a statue of Virgin Mary remained intact after a fire at a military base in Spain destroyed everything else around it.
Whether you're a believe or not, it's really hard to deny that miracles do happen after reading stories like these.