Church officials claim a bolt of lightning that struck their former secretary was an act of God. But jurors found earthly intervention was to blame and awarded the woman $106,000.

A jury decided last week in favor of Nora Nelda Gibson and her husband, Milton, in their lawsuit against Macedonia Baptist Church.Nora Gibson contended she was injured after Sunday evening services in 1988 because the church's lightning protection system was not properly installed.

She said she has suffered seizures, headaches and other problems since she was struck by a bolt that hit the steeple, traveled down a lightning rod near the doorway where she was standing, "entered my right foot and went out my head."

Church attorneys argued that nature and not negligence was to blame.

"We don't know why God acts like he does," attorney Ed Merritt said.