Pleasure can be a difficult thing. Often we distract ourselves from true, deep pleasures by flitting from one small pleasure to the next. For instance I love to buy books or look through them rather than enjoying the deeper, more difficult pleasure of actually sitting down to read. The Sabbath was given as an invitation to take the time for true, deep pleasure. So take today to truly enjoy the pleasures with which God has filled creation.
The Difficulty of Pleasure
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.