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Interfaith Celebration a chance to remember and reflect on what's been lost and gained


As the year anniversary of the Joplin tornado approaches many turn to their faith for spiritual healing to remember and reflect what's been lost and what's been gained.

Some Joplin residents are ready to put the past behind them and look toward the future.

From an Interfaith Celebration at Landreth Park to a reading of the Book of Job by professional actors at a local church, area residents are turning to scripture and song to find understanding and hope.

"This tornado happened to our community as a whole and we think it's important from the community as whole to remember it in that way," says Paul Teverow, a member of the United Hebrew Congregation.

Joplin resident Michelle Cahill says she has learned to cope with the aftermath of the storm with the help of community coming together in prayer, song and worship.

"Its just really good to come together and express our faith in God in the future even though we are of different faith communities," says Cahill.

And others agree.

"Music is the way that I worship," says resident Andrea Francis.

Andrea and Mark Francis were among hundreds at College Heights Christian Church that listened to Hollywood actors, Paul Giamatti, Arliss Howard and David Strathairn read from the Book of Job.

"The Book of Job starts with a strong wind which I never thought about which is very similar to the type of tragedy and the emotion that goes with it that we experienced here," says Mark Francis.

Relating Joplin's natural disaster to scripture is what makes the Francis's and many other residents believe Joplin will come back twice as strong as a community.

"To see as Job did that the community here in Joplin has risen above the tragedy and we have all come together as a family," says Andrea Francis.

Whether it was readings from The Bible, Quran or Torah, people are finding comfort in faith for now and for the future.

Organizers for the interfaith service hope to make it an annual event at Landreth Park.

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