McKinney said she saw the first one – in the shape of a cross on the post of her front porch – about a year ago as she sat on the porch talking on the phone. “When I looked at it, there was a face – eyes, nose and mouth – all red,” she said. Streams running down the post reminded her of Jesus’ blood shed on the cross.
A few months later, she was sitting on the front porch again, this time writing in her journal as some children played ball nearby. She was startled when one of the children hollered, and when she looked up she saw another cross, this time on the post across the porch from the other one. In the months since, McKinney has kept notes and even written dates and circumstances on the windows and walls of her house on South Highland Road as she has found more designs that remind her of crosses or the faces of Biblical icons including Moses, Noah and Jonah.
She said she has shown the spots to friends, relatives and ministers, and some have said they see what she’s talking about.
“They said, ‘Dorothy, this house is so blessed,’ and I said, ‘You’re not saying anything I don’t know.’”
She admits that not everybody “has eyes to see” the religious icons she sees, but she believes God has been moving in her life in the past year as she has seen the images that some may dismiss as an active imagination.
“I know this is by divine power. I don’t know how it happened, but it was from Him,” she said.
McKinney grew up in Sylacauga and lived much of her adult life in Chicago, and hadn’t planned to return here. But she said she felt led back to her childhood hometown by her faith, and “I’m truly happy and blessed here. I never dreamed I would be so happy.”
McKinney attends New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.