ISAIAH 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you… 16 O LORD, in distress they sought you; they poured out a whispered prayer when your discipline was upon them. 17 Like a pregnant woman who writhes and cries out in her pangs when she is near to giving birth, so were we because of you, O LORD; 18 we were pregnant, we writhed, but we have given birth to wind. We have accomplished no deliverance in the earth, and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen. 19 Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead. 20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. 21 For behold, the LORD is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain.
“I prayed like I’ve never prayed before,
and I think those prayers have been answered…
those prayers have been answered…
they’re right in front of me…
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As scores of fires continued to burn the length of eastern Australia today, a remarkable survival story emerged from Tasmania, where five young children escaped a blaze that destroyed about 90 properties in their village by sheltering under a boat jetty with their grandparents.
Tim and Tammy Holmes were looking after the children in the fishing village of Dunalley last Friday when they noticed smoke rising from a nearby ridge. Not long afterwards, “we saw tornadoes of fire just coming across towards us,” said Mr Holmes, 62. “The next thing we knew, everything was on fire all around us.”
Sending his wife and grandchildren, aged between two and 11, running down to the jetty, “because there was no other escape”, he paused only to send a message to his daughter – the children’s mother, who was at a funeral in Hobart that day – before sprinting past the flames to join them.
For two-and-a-half hours, the family huddled beneath the jetty, up to their necks in water, gulping mouthfuls of increasingly toxic air. “There were times when we had to move deeper because it was too hot, and there were times when the jetty itself caught fire,” he told Australia’s ABC Radio. With smoke and embers swirling around them, “there was probably only about 200-300mm of air above the water”.
Eventually Mr Holmes found a dinghy and dragged everyone about 300 yards out to sea, where the air was cleaner. The children’s mother, Bonnie Walker, was beside herself with worry. All she knew was that they had left the house and were “surrounded by fire”. She told ABC TV: “I braced myself to lose my children and my parents.”
The family was reunited the following day.