There is a sign for some businesses that says “Gone Fishing” rather than “Closed”. “Gone Fishing” means that there is something better, or other, to do than work–it isn’t just a day when we’re not working, we’re going fishing instead. So this Sabbath don’t just not work; instead go fishing, whether you actually fish or not.
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.