Editor’s note: This week Our Faith concludes its look at the stories from the faithful and relief workers from Paradise, California. And, especially from the congregation whose church building is the sole structure remaining in its charred and desolate neighborhood.

In unprecedented disasters, it helps to have a sign of hope to look for. When the Israelites were under attack by “fiery serpents,” Moses erected a bronze serpent standard at the Lord’s command. The book of Numbers records that all who gazed at it were saved from the snakes.

Rick Cousins can be reached at rick.cousins@galvnews.com.

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