Irenaeus of Lyon wrote, “For the glory of God is the human person fully alive; and life consists in beholding God.” To be fully alive is to embrace the one who showed us full life–Jesus Christ. Sit in a quiet place and imagine what it would be like to be nearly dead, lying on your death bed, and then suddenly to be well and healthy because Jesus has come and healed you.
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.