In my first week I’ve encountered many things that do not usually appear in my regular life. I’ve noticed that work and rest on the farm are more defined—I am more fully working or fully resting, and less doing in-between. I’ve noticed that working is much easier when each person is involved—when everyone relies on each other and the process is circular. I’ve enjoyed waking up at 6:30 A.M. for morning prayer, eating meals and knowing the hands and the earth from which it came, and getting more willfully dirty than I ever expected. I’ve enjoyed being referred to not only as “The Intern” but also as a resident of Good Earth Farm. I am coming to love the way the work that I have been doing this week has been done by millions before me—by so many people in this country and around the world, and also by many individuals from the Bible. This week as we gleaned peas at a local farm, I remembered God’s commands in the Old Testament and how he commanded his people to leave what hadn’t been harvested for “the poor and the stranger” (Leviticus 19:9-10).

I felt connected to this part of biblical history that had been instituted so long ago and yet is still sometimes being practiced today. I remembered Ruth and the kindness that Boaz showed to her (Ruth 2), and how that is still possible today, and how I can become a part of that process—how I can live a life that feeds the hungry and befriends the poor.

I am eager to learn more and to live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling and is not solely benefiting myself. I feel blessed to be welcomed by these folks whose main goals are to love God and love their neighbor, and to do it in a way that is true and good and counter cultural to a world that emphasizes putting oneself over the good of another. I invite you to join me this summer as I discover more what it means to follow these basic commands, and learn to live more purposefully in the process.