Friday, December 1, 2006

Heedless of the Wind and Weather

On this first day of December in southwest Georgia the weather is getting rainy but the air is still warm. In Kentucky where my mother lives , they are having severe storms and tornado watches. The National Weather Service says that the rains will come down at the rate of one inch per hour. They advise: "IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THESE SHOWERS...SEEK SHELTER INDOORS AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AS STRONG WINDS WILL PERSIST." There will be no driving for my mother today.

As our sisters and brothers in the Philippines recover from their fourth typhoon in four months, we wonder how anyone can continue to survive in such a climate. Scientists now say that 65 million years ago, Dinosaurs were wiped out by a cosmic event such a meteor hitting the earth and causing catastrophic weather conditions. Because of this, such things as typhoons, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions give me cause for pause.

In Coastal Georgia we have to find ways to beat the heat in summertime, but the winters are a lot milder than those in the midwest or northeast. This is a major attraction of people to the coast. This is one reason why so many of us are flocking to Camden County.

When we can enjoy the outdoors with just a light jacket, let's be sure to keep in mind those who are suffering the effects of severe weather -- especially those who have no homes or who have substandard housing. The children suffer most in such situations. As you go for a stroll on a nearby beach, remember to count your blessings and pray for those who are less fortunate.

Pastor Linda
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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