The Desire to be Fed

The Desire to be Fed

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation…” 1 Peter 2:2

When my wife was an infant, doctors were recommending mothers not breastfeed their babies. According to research at the time, scientists were able to produce food more beneficial to infants than a mother’s own milk. Unfortunately for Peggy, she did not receive the hormones and antibodies in her mother’s breastmilk to protect her from illness. As a result, she spent years fighting a series of allergic reactions.

These kind of experiences influence how I receive statements recently made in the news about trusting science. I don’t trust science, but I also don’t deny its potential and benefits. The reality is, not every mother is able to breastfeed. When this is the case, researchers develop healthy alternatives which allow children to grow well. Ultimately, we want to provide children and their mothers the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

The issue of breastfeeding can spark much division and emotion. Mother’s seeking to promote natural health often stand in opposition to working women. Both sides feel burdened by guilt. One over not working, the other over not staying home. Then, there is the issue some people have with public breastfeeding.

Children do not care about any of these issues. Theirs is an impulse driven by need. They are hungry and they need food. The life of a child is also completely dependent upon trust. A child cannot read labels, shop in stores and evaluate the best options for health. All they do is crave food so they can grow.  It’s the adults responsibility to provide healthy options.

We live in a culture which craves spiritual renewal like a child crying for milk. The anxieties of life often feel overwhelming, leaving us empty and searching for spiritual health. Sometimes, it feels like we argue over the best way to find spiritual food. Today’s reading left me thinking, where do you go to taste and see the goodness of the Lord?

Unfortunately, a congregation does not always provide us the renewal we are needing. However, every congregation and every person can pray and reflect on scripture. This week, in the midst of uncertainty surrounding a congregation in transition, I asked the people to read Psalm 23 every day. I did this because the interaction between people and the Word helps us experience the goodness of the Lord. An encounter which helps us find spiritual health. Taste and see if this might work for you.

Click to read: 1 Peter 2: 2-10

Reflection Questions:

  • Where do you struggle to find balance between natural and man-made solutions to modern problems?
  • In what ways do you find your faith life unfulfilled by traditional church practices?
  • Where do you find the world and culture unable to provide spiritual renewal?
  • When have you found spiritual health by a devotion to scripture? If you have not, would you be willing to try?

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