The Land that Is Us was written by Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts and famous blogger. Voskamp and her family have been farmers for generations. In this essay, she writes about how food is vital to who we are. Land is what enables food to grow.
What Voskamp points out in this essay is that farming and agriculture are the industries that keep us alive. Yet, she writes:
Farming requires no specialized degree, no impressive wage for menial labor, the primitive work of any civilization....It doesn't get more rudimentary.
Voskamp compares the way humans constantly need more food and are never satisfied with the desire we have in our hearts for a Savior.
There is Bread who gives real Life, Flesh that asks to be eaten who will eternally satisfy the cravings of the spirit....The agricultural act of eating food, like eating Christ, is no different: we eat, entering into death, and come back rejoicing. The daily eating of food is but a way of remembering death, a way of experiencing resurrection. The living dead, we eat of the dead, and the miracle happens again: we revive.
Her writing made me think about my own judgements of farming and agriculture. These jobs are very much needed for us to stay alive, but they seem to be a fading industry. Is that similiar to what is happening with our society's need for God?
After reading this essay, I made the delicious recipe for Tangy Glazed Pork Roast and served it to Anthony and friends. We all loved it, especially with a little extra sauce on top!
By the way, you can visit my previous posts on "The Spirit of Food" book here.