What might faith look like in the midst of crisis?
It appears that the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo, N.D. on Sunday would have been a good place to find out.
The rising Red River has kept residents of Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., on edge for most of the last week. There has been blanket coverage of the residents’ will and their fight against the flooding. Complicating the struggle is the expected foot of snow the city is to see today and tomorrow.
Yet in the middle of this emergency many residents did what they would do on any other Sunday: gathered together in prayer.
About 200 residents united from different congregations. Flood waters had closed roads and cancelled services around the area. This wasn’t a time to worry about denominations or divisions. It was a time to celebrate community and for residents to remind one another about priorities and the power of belief.
“It’s a good reminder of what we need these days,” said Rev. Vern Baardson of Triumph West Community Church.