Tyler, one of the blogging Future Priests of the Third Millenium has been home in South Dakota this Summer. And it has been hot. Let him tell it.
In South Dakota, it is often said, “If you don’t like our weather wait a few minutes. It will change.” While this may be true most of the time, the weather this summer has been consistent. It has been HOT. I’m talking over 100 degrees. For weeks at a time. Coupled with the heat is a severe drought. Ranchers come one step closer to desperation with each cloudless day. Now, we are a hardy bunch, by and large, and we learn to live with the weather (like we could do anything else) but this year has been disastrous in terms of fires. Thousands of acres of land have been lost, both in the Black Hills and on the prairies. Homes have been taken by fires and all of the state’s resources have been directed toward controlling them. This is one of those situations where pastors are devastated because there is so little that they can do to help and it seems that it is only a matter of time until the next fire starts. [snip] Read More