Bremen High School teacher Jessica Labbe knew there was severe weather in the forecast. A line of powerful thunderstorms was about to hit Haralton County, Georgia.
Just after lunch, the tornado sirens began blaring across town. And inside her classroom, cell phones beeped and buzzed – warning students of dangerous weather.
Teachers ushered their students into a hallway so they could be sheltered from the storm.
“When something like that happens, you worry about kids being upset, people being nervous. I have two kids of my own at the elementary school. You’re immediately worried.” Mrs. Labbe told me. “Already running through my head, I’m praying and thinking – how can I calm these kids if anybody does start to panic?”
And just like that something remarkable happened – many of the teenagers began to spontaneously sing.
It turns out a number of the students sheltering in the hallway were members of the school’s show choir.
They sang several songs – but it was the one filmed by Mrs. Labbe and posted on her Facebook page that went viral. It was a beautiful rendition of a popular Christmas song, “Mary Did You Know.”
(Above video via Facebook account of Jessica Pruitt)
“They started singing and everybody calmed down,” she said.
Mrs. Labbe is a devout Christian. She is the leader of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.
And when she heard those young people singing --- well – it was just breathtaking.
“I could feel the Spirit fill the hallway as they sang,” she said. “It was just a real calming feeling when they started singing that song.”
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with His hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God
And just as the show choir concluded the song, their classmates applauded and then the principal announced that the storm had passed.
Students shuffled off to class and teachers resumed their lessons and life returned to normal at Bremen High School.
As the songwriter wrote, the storm was calmed with His hand.