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Photo of Santa Kneeling In Prayer at Hospital Goes Viral

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We’ve all seen images of Santa reverentially kneeling next to the infant Jesus in a manger.

One of the more well-known – “Every Knee Shall Bow” by Gaye Frances Willard – became just that after being represented in an exclusive line by Hobby Lobby.

And now, one year after a real-life Santa was captured praying below a portrait of Jesus after visiting sick hospital children, that photo taken by a Texas woman has gone viral.

I keep getting choked up with this photo. Today, after Santa visited our patients and was on his way out, he noticed our…

Posted by Mariana Whitley Tumlinson on Thursday, December 20, 2018

“I keep getting choked up with this photo,” wrote Mariana Whitley Tumlinson of Brownsville, Texas, on her social media page. “Today, after Santa visited our patients and was on his way out, he noticed our Chapel. He asked if he could go in and pray for the kids he just visited. I, of course, said yes. I didn’t walk In with him right away but when I did I was so moved by this image I had to capture it. What a great reminder of the reason for the season. #reasonfortheseason #myfavoritesanta”

Tumlinson captured the image at the Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville.

Since posting that photo one year ago, the image has received over 38,000 likes, 40,000 shares and over 4,500 comments.

“What a great reminder of the reason for the season,” wrote commenter Abhijith Thomas Thonakkara.

“Very heart warming. Should remind us to very thankful for our health. Always pray for others,” wrote Mary-Margaret Bee.

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