Just a quick post to assure folks who have been tracking the flood stories here in Central New York that we in Syracuse are okay. It has been exceptionally wet and rainy here but no flooding. Thank you for your notes of concern--it means so much.
It has been difficult, though, to see the images of flooding in places like Sidney, Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott. Nine years ago, in my first position after seminary, I lived in Johnson City and served a church in Endicott. I still have many friends there and the Southern Tier, as it is called, will always have a special place in my heart.
I know that there are years when the weather does unexpected things--the El Nino years in California in the late 1990s come to mind. But I'm really beginning to wonder about the string of rains and floods that seem to be hitting nearly every part of our country this year. The excessive rains in the Bay Area this winter, the flooding along the Massachusetts Cape several weeks ago, and now this.
Water, food, sustainability, the environment--it is all related. I think I'll spend the rest of my lifetime trying to figure out how to live in a way that honors and respects all four.