Nothing tops off an odd news week like a local report about a moldy (or mildewy) shower spot. Allow me to explain.
A family in Splendora, Texas, is claiming that they've located a blotch on their bathroom wall that resembles Jesus Christ. But it's not merely a dirt stain that looks the Christian Savior -- it's a source of strength and inspiration, at least according to those living in the home.
The story resembles many others like it. Over the years, you've likely heard of the oddball religious images that frequently pop up -- the grilled-cheese Jesus, the Christ image present on a telephone pole, the list goes on. But this new-found portrait, created as the result of a mold or mildew outbreak, is a bit more grimy and uncommon in nature.
"People say your house is blessed. I see the head, the hair, a cloak," said Chyanna Richards, who was describing the spot that purportedly shows Christ's face during an interview with KTRK-TV. "Maybe it means something. Maybe look into yourself and see if you need to change something in your life."
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Regardless of what the exact composition of the Jesus "portrait" is, one thing is for certain: Richards believes that the image comes with a purpose. Already, the family claims that one woman living in the house, who has HIV, is improving since the Jesus image emerged. Another individual, Thomas George, was in prison when the Christ mold portrait began taking form. Now, he back home and claiming that it's inspiring him to do better.
"He's just watching over us to make sure nothing wrong happens or I get in trouble and go back," he explained. "It gives me inspiration just to do better."
Gawker predictably poked fun at the story, questioning why a shower was allowed to develop so much mold or mildew.
"Was the mold purposely allowed to grow for months without interference on the off chance it developed into a ShowerSavior?," the outlet asked. "If allowed to continue flourishing without encumbrance, will it expand to include other characters from The Last Supper?"
Regardless of the issues embedded in the story, the spot on the shower wall certainly does resemble an individual's face. Whether that person is Jesus and the image was God-ordained -- well, we'll leave that up to you.