Stories of Grace Stand Tall amid Tornado Wreckage

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A powerful tornado wreaked havoc in the north-central Texas town of Rice late Sunday, damaging homes and causing an unknown number of injuries.

Navarro County Emergency Manager Eric Meyers captured images of the twister from his vehicle with his camera phone.

"It's a raw, sheer power feeling," he said. "It's just unbelievable. You can't describe what it's like to be that close."
On Interstate 45, located about 45 minutes south of Dallas, the storm flipped vehicles and stopped traffic. The twister also ripped the roof off an intermediate school.

However, from the debris emerged several stories of God's grace.

Michael Harper was driving on I-45 when an 18-wheeler hauling a dump truck crushed his SUV.

"If he had been off a few inches, the dump truck would've landed on the cab," Harper said.
The Butler family also had a miracle to be thankful for.  The tornado that demolished part of their home, two barns, a truck and a trailer, left the family unscathed. They survived by taking refuge in their bathroom.

"You could hear the wind," Sonia Butler recalled. "It sounded like a suction cup, like a train.  It didn't last long, but when we came out of the restroom, the house was just gone."

"I just got down on my knees and said, 'Lord be with us,'" Sonia's husband Raymond said.

Apparently He was, for the storm also bypassed their daughter's grave. Sharla Butler, who'd been a track star at Lancaster High School, died two years ago from encephalitis.

In the wake of her passing, and now the tornado, the Butlers say their faith is holding them together.

"I'm going to say this," Raymond Butler said defiantly, standing in the wreckage of his home. "Satan, where's your best punch at? Because it still hasn't affected me yet."

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