GASTONIA, N.C. – It is something many people wouldn’t give a second glance, but Sandra Ledford felt the need to take a closer look at a Bible inside a Gastonia store.
“We were in there shopping, looking through the Bibles. I picked that one up, was looking at it. I went to lay it down and that’s when the DVD fell out,” Ledford said. “At first, I thought it might be something included in the book. Until I looked at it and saw the writing on it and saw that it was a personal DVD.”
A name and date, as well as a birth length and weight, were scribbled by a stranger on the front of the disk.
She learned that it was full of meaningful memories of a tiny baby who only lived a matter of hours.
“Immediately, I said, the only thing I knew to do was put it on Facebook,” she said.
Facebook posts don’t always reach their intended targets, but Ledford’ s did.
“She said, ‘That’s mine!’ And my heart just, it just jumped for joy,” Ledford said.
Constance Merck says the disk held some of the only memories she has of Braylen, who passed away from kidney complications not long after he was born.
“We have no record of him being alive. There’s no birth certificate, there’s no death certificate. There’s nothing. The only thing we have are the pictures and the disk,” Merck said.
A few weeks ago, Merck says she purchased the Bible and put the DVD inside the book. She returned it days later, but forgot about its precious cargo.
“There’s a reason she found it,” she said. “Yeah, I feel like God had a reason that day.”