One California tree is getting some unusual attention.
Outside St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno, Calif., people are praying around a Crape Myrtle tree. A liquid that has been dripping from it is believed to be tears from God, WPTV reports.
“When you say ‘glory be to God in Jesus name’ the tree starts throwing out more water," Maria Ybarra, a parishioner at the church said.
Ybarra and other parishioners believe the drops of the clear liquid are tears from God.
“They can say it's this theory, that theory, the tree does this every year, it's odd when it happens when there is bunch of people praying. When you are asking the Holy Spirit to reveal itself and then it happens all of a sudden and it's still here," parishioner Janine Esquivel-Oji said.
Ybarra first saw the tree drip liquid when she was praying underneath it with another woman. "Then she said oh my gosh, I hadn't feel good, and then when the water was hitting me it changed me I feel peace. I said the Lord be with you. The Lord said peace be with you, peace I give you, " Ybarra said.
Experts say the liquid falling from the trees isn’t water but honey dew. "The aphides will suck the sap, the sap goes through the aphid and then it is a honey dew excrement from the aphid and it gets so heavy in the summertime that it will drip down," arborist Jon Reelhorn said who found another tree across the street dripping honey dew.
Despite the scientific explanation, many continue to believe the tree’s liquid is a sign from above.
“I'm a firm believer in miracles, but I also believe that God can speak to us through natural means, as a way of reminding us of God's presence. Sometimes God gives us a little nudge -- explicable or inexplicable -- as if to say, 'I'm here,'" Father James Martin, Jesuit priest and editor-at-large at America magazine, told The Huffington Post about the incident.
Clinical therapist Mark McOmber sees the situation differently. "Human beings inherently need to hope for things, things that they can't understand, things they can't see," he said.
Still, Ybarra holds fast to what she believes. "I can tell you looking at it from a scientific standpoint and a spiritual standpoint it is the work of God manifesting here on earth," she said.