May 1, 2011 6:57 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Tornado victims seek comfort in Sunday services

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The deadly storms that roared across the South last week flattened churches and crushed the homes of pastors and parishioners from Mississippi to Virginia.

So on the first Sunday after the disaster, believers streamed into houses of worship to give thanks for being spared, to mourn the dead and to ponder impossible questions. Why did some survive without any explanation? Why did others die for no apparent reason?

Many people in this highly religious region saw God at work, even amid the devastation.

In Birmingham, Macolee Muhammed accepted the prayer of a relief worker who stopped by what was left of her home. It didn't matter that she was Muslim and he was a Southern Baptist. They prayed together.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is touring one of Birmingham's hardest-hit neighborhoods to talk with local residents and first responders. She pledged continued federal government support for Alabama and several other states that were
hit hard by the tornadoes.



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