Sally said: Here in the UK we are struggling with floods, other parts of the world have similar problems without the infrastructure to cope with it, still others are badly affected by drought…. My son Jon is in Melbourne Australia where apparently it has been snowing ( yes it is winter but still!)…. With crazy weather in mind I bring you this weeks Friday 5…

1. Have you experienced living through an extreme weather event- what was it and how did you cope?

Yes, the first year I moved to Kansas City, we had something like eight inches of rain fall in an hour, and there was flooding everywhere. I stayed in.

The first year I moved into my house in KC we had a big ice storm that knocked out power for about a week before the crews were able to get the electricity back up and going. I did my best to stay warm until friends of mine got their power back up, and I went to stay with them.

2. How important is it that we wake up to issues such as global warming?

I think it’s very important. This is where we have to live and our children and generations after us. It’s our responsibility to do everything we can to give them an earth that they can live on.

3. The Christian message needs to include stewardship of the earths resources agree/ disagree?

I absolutely agree. God made us stewards of God’s creation. We are obligated to do everything in our power to preserve the earth and make it a better place than we found it. Creation does not belong to us; we’re just renting. It’s time Christians remembered that and got serious about taking care of God’s creation.

And because it is summer- on a brighter note….

4. What is your favourite season and why?

Fall. I love the changing leaves and the wild changes in the weather. I especially love how the wind howls and has a wild edge to it like it’s saying anything is possible and anything can happen.

5. Describe your perfect vacation weather….

Mid to uppper 70s, nice breeze and some lazy clouds floating by the sun.

The picture is “Universe in God’s Hands” by Farid De La Ossa Arrieta.