thanking God for His watchful care

Thursday morning, the winds blew and a tree fell…right on Gary and Laurie’s house. At 5:30 AM, while telling Gary goodbye as he left for work, Laurie watched a hickory tree give way and fall on their house. As it came down, it snapped off a second tree which helped cushion the fall and prevented damage to the house.


The bottom of the tree looked like it had some rot in it.


God’s watchful care was evident. The tree fell around the tall chimney and didn’t disturb it at all.

how did it miss the chimney??

from the south

After the insurance agent came out to take pictures, Gary got started on the first cuts.

first cuts

It didn’t take long for word to get around and members of our church family and friends began to show up to help.

lots of helping hands

It seemed a daunting task at first.

long way to go

But there was a lot of help and a lot of prayers on behalf of Gary and Laurie.

off the north side

“Here Grandpa, you’re gonna need these…”

grandpa's helper

This was as far as they could go without professional help.

as far as we can go

The men took a break while we put out lunch for them. In the afternoon, they were able to procure a crane and had the trees lifted from the house. In all, they lost six trees, including two that had to be cut to make way for the crane to get into position. But after all was said and done, the house was inspected and there was NO damage found other than a few disturbed shingles. We thank God for His watchful care over Gary and Laurie and their home. He is good indeed!



  1. cherylann
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    wish my church family were this close!

  2. Posted July 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    We have the best church family. Very loving and caring and always ready to help.

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