An outpouring of faith and support was on display Sunday morning at Clearwater's Trinity Presbyterian Church.
A family in their congregation was befallen by tragedy earlier this week. Nicole and Jeremiah Nugent weren't in attendance, but their presence certainly felt.
"It helps to rejuvenate our spirits and give us a lot more strength," said Scott Warnock, a friend of the Nugents.
Strength is exactly what is needed as the couple's two-year-old daughter Ireland is facing major surgery on Monday. The little girl was seriously injured Wednesday night in a lawn mower accident at her home in Palm Harbor.
Ireland lost both of her feet just below the ankle. She also suffered an injury to one of her hands.
It's easy following a tragic incident like hers to question why did it have to happen, but Trinity Presbyterian Pastor Dennis Reid said that's the wrong place to focus.
"We don't always have answers but what we do have is each other," Pastor Reid explained Sunday morning. "Life happens and it's not about pointing blame; it's about how you respond to it."
The community has rallied around the Nugents offering financial assistance, love and an endless amount of prayers. The positive reaction has been overwhelming.
"It is more helpful than I can put in words," Warnock added.
Pastor Reid is doing whatever he and his congregation can to keep the positive vibe moving forward. Ireland and her family have a long road ahead.
"Let's [continue to] focus on response because that's what we can control," Reid said. "Let's focus on getting Ireland back up on two new special feet."
Hand in hand, the church prayed for Ireland during Sunday's service. The little girl's sisters were also on hand.
Family and friends add they are eagerly anticipating the day she can leave the hospital and begin her new life.
"We're all now excited to see Ireland wake up," Warnock said.
If you'd like to send in a donation, visit http://www.trinityclearwater.org.
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