Giving thanks for our food is a good habit, but too often we rush through it. Today, for each thing you eat, give true and meaningful thanks. Thank God for the animals, the plants, the soil, the work of farmers, packers, shippers, cooks. Think of every element that went into bringing the food to your mouth and thank God for it.
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.