Elderly Woman's Prayers Answered as Her Dog Emerges from Rubble of Tornado-Torn Home

Stephen Gutowski
By Stephen Gutowski | May 21, 2013 | 11:09 AM EDT

"Thank God" an exhausted elderly woman who survived the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma exclaimed as her beloved dog emerged from the rubble of her house - live on camera.

CBS News was interviewing Barbara Garcia shortly after a massive tornado demolished her house with her and her dog inside. She was in the middle of telling reporter Anna Werner about how she survived the storm, but she couldn't find her dog - until he miraculously appeared in the debris right behind her.

"Well I thought God just answered one prayer: let me be ok. But, he answered both of them, because this was my second prayer," Ms. Garcia told the news crew just after being reunited with her little dog. Amazingly, both Ms. Garcia and her dog appear to have survived the demolishing of their home relatively unscathed. They can both be seen walking away from the rubble at the end of the video.

It's stirring to see this moment of happiness and joy in the middle of such tragedy. We all ought to thank God for mercies like this. That an elderly woman and her cherished dog can be brought back together after all hope was lost should bring on the kind of tears we want instead of those we've been dealing with since these tornadoes touched town.

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