Heat Wave

Today (July 22) supposedly ends the dire heat wave NYC has been in for the past week. Not without an extended farewell – several thousands are still without electricity in Brooklyn and severe thunderstorms are expected this afternoon – but at least it is on its way out!

My husband texted me a funny this morning – although the red arrow had moved 4 steps down…

NeW York ACTUALLY HAS 12 SEASONS Winter Fool’s Spring Second Winter Spring of Deception Third Winter The Pollening Actual Spring Summer Hell’s Front Porch False Fall Second Summer Actual Fall you are here

I started laughing at the “Spring of Deception” and didn’t stop! It is so true! The rest of the country may argue the benefits (or not) of four seasons but New York has twelve! And, no, it is not a case of “more is better”!

On the other hand, if we are in a Twilight Zone/ climate change nightmare, the laugh isn’t quite as funny, is it? Yesterday’s worship brought prayer requests for more care for creation, local and universal, and yet most of us go about our lives without making any changes that matter.

Several years ago, I tried an energy-fast for Lent. It irritated me from the start. The authors didn’t know enough about Lent to know Sundays aren’t included! But they also had aimed the fast firmly at suburban/rural folks because about every third “give up” involved a car. Which I don’t own. I had to focus a lot on how long I brush my teeth.

It did make me curious so I took one (or several…) of those global footprint quizzes. Turns out my low-income urban living gives me a pretty small footprint. But it still could be better – and my air conditioning use in the last week has certainly been excessive. Taking the quiz, perhaps, gave me a false sense of security.

So here I am, with no car and minimal toothbrushing time, at the end of this New York “front porch” season, with the AC still humming in the background, wondering how to alter/adjust/limit my participation in those larger creation-threatening activities which simply are not a laughing matter.

How are you handling the heat in your part of the world?



About Rev. Beth Perry

Rev. Beth Perry is a church consultant, leading online workshops and trainings on everything from Safe Sanctuary to mysticism, digital ministry to spiritual gifts. She has been faculty for the University of Phoenix's Jersey City Campus for the past 9 years and for Mercy College this year.
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