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.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:44:44 GMT
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Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:30:57 GMT
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:57 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:57:49 GMT
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Friday, April 26 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-04-26 22:50:58 GMT
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Friday, May 24 2013 5:42 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:42:51 GMT
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Friday, May 24 2013 5:18 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:18:54 GMT
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Friday, May 24 2013 12:22 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:22:02 GMT
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Thursday, May 23 2013 5:46 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:46:03 GMT
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