SOUTHLAKE -- The power of the Holy Spirit can be felt through amazing things, said the Rev. Betsy Godbold -- even cold marble.
"It's amazing how many people this has touched, even the artist in China," she said. "He said he enjoyed spending time with Jesus, the statue."
It is part of a fountain at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake.
Godbold, executive pastor at the church, said the hand-carved fountain, featuring an 8.5-foot-tall statue, has affected virtually everyone who's been part of the project.
"It has become very personal," she said.
The statue and fountain were gifts to the church from members Charlie and Ginger Reynolds in memory of their 13-year-old daughter, who died two years ago from complications related to leukemia.
"Tayler was a unique and beautiful girl," Charlie Reynolds said.
He said getting the memorial made and installed has been his full-time job for two years.
"I asked Betsy what I could do for the church," he said.
"She said 'We've always wanted a fountain but couldn't afford it.'"
For two months, Reynolds researched fountains, looking to make this one special. The solution was in Denmark.
The statue is a replica of a 19th-century work by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, said Olivia Casey, spokeswoman for Value Works, the custom fabrication company that coordinated the project. The original is in the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen.
Reynolds said it was a challenge to find someone to sculpt the statue. Once he did, he visited a studio in Beijing three times. He declined to reveal the project's cost.
"This is not about me; it's not about money," Reynolds said. "The reason behind it is what's important."
Tayler Reynolds' name and a brief dedication are on a stone near the fountain, which will be dedicated in the next few weeks, Godbold said.
She said the parents' faith has grown through their grief.
"You can get bitter or you can get better," Godbold said. "They've certainly become better people because of this."
Terry Evans, 817-390-7620