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Piedmont woman's faith remains despite Oklahoma storm's damage

Religion Editor Carla Hinton writes about Piedmont resident Donna Smith, who said she felt the Lord's presence in the midst of Tuesday's tornado that wreaked havoc on her home and trees but left faith-themed heirlooms in tact.
BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Published: June 4, 2011
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Two large oil paintings that had been in Smith's family for years, one of The Last Supper and the other of Jesus, stood out.

That's because they were still hanging, by the barest of threads. Smith said she noticed that several decorative crosses she had hung throughout the house also remained hanging on studs, though the walls had given way around them.

Smith said the survival of the crosses and paintings seemed miraculous.

“My mom called me from Colorado and asked me, ‘Did the Jesus painting make it?'” Smith said.

For Smith, the Lord spoke in the midst of the storm.

Yes, her beloved trees were gone, but His presence still surrounded her. None of her family members were injured in the tornado, and their heirloom paintings also remained intact.

“People ever wonder if there is a God, something like this needs to happen to you,” Smith said.