SOLID FOOD

She’s ready for solid food, Father.

It’s really just mush—

A step up from liquid!

She still needs the milk for nourishment,

But she needs to begin the transition

to a wider range of food,

For food experiences which will prepare her

for her life beyond infancy.

It’s not pretty:

she slops it,

she spits it,

she spills it,

she scatters it,

wanting to handle it herself.

And I gradually allow her more control,

As she is ready.

I’m aware that in my faith,

I’ve moved well past milk.

Some foods are difficult.

Some are confronted before I am really ready.

So I spit,

I spill,

I toy with it.

Father, as my loving parent,

Help me to transition

To a wider range of faith experiences,

Which will better prepare me to handle life

Beyond my faith infancy.

You are like babies who can drink only milk, not old enough for solid food. And when a person is still living on milk it shows he isn’t very far along in the Christian life, and doesn’t know much about the difference between right and wrong. He is still a baby Christian! You will never be able to eat solid spiritual food and understand the deeper things of God’s Word until you become better Christians and learn right from wrong by practising doing right. (Hebrews 5: 13–14, TLB)

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