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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Whine (05/23/13)

TITLE: The Everlasting Comfort Food
By Victoria Catron


Long toes on the nine month old baby feet of my nephew DJ whacked the table in anticipation of receiving a piece of a candy bar that my sister was unwrapping. She had other ideas as she opened the wrapper that encased the mini candy bar that DJ himself had grabbed from the table he was sitting on. His eyes were big and a toothless grin made his baby face all the more adorable. When the wrapper was off she instantly popped the candy into her mouth which brought a halt of motion and a surprising perplexed look onto DJ’s face. Laughter saturated the air from my other sister and mother which in turn made DJ himself bubble up as well. He could have begun to whine as babies do when they are hungry but I don’t believe that he was in need.

I’m sure DJ just liked the sweet taste of the candy bar but some cookbooks and people label certain food choices as “comfort food.” They help relieve our perceptions and soothe our emotions even if it’s only for a short time. For example, movies portray women who instead of whining in public eat large amounts of chocolate and/or ice cream after a break up or fight. What is portrayed on screen may be very real and valid to someone we communicate with so be compassionate and be careful not to take the humorous side of it too far. I think that God is keenly aware of this in Psalm 23 when it says “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.” Normally this verse would be taken symbolically and not literally, but God creates some amazing exceptions. Think about Queen Esther who gave two banquets in the presence of her husband the king and his adviser who wanted to kill the Jews! Can you imagine the amounts of chocolate she could’ve consumed before attending the banquet if it had existed then? So maybe her banquet was filled with comfort foods for the king as well as herself.

In referring back to my statement about Psalm 23:5 KJV, other Scripture passages indicate that God wants us to partake of his Word when we’re in a situation that disturbs us. When Jesus was fasting in the wilderness and the devil came to tempt him he said that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God (Luke 4:4 KJV).” Second Timothy 3:16-17 KJV gives a list of reasons why we need the Bible which would indirectly include comfort and compassion. Jesus Christ, the living Word of John 1, referred to himself when he told the Samaritan woman in John 4 that he would give her “living water” so that she wouldn’t “thirst again.” He later said in John 6 to a group of people near Capernaum that “I am the bread of life.” God knows when we are going to be discouraged and/or whine. He has prepared an everlasting comfort food for us, just look to him! Psalm 34:8 KJV; Psalm 107:9 KJV.

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C D Swanson 05/31/13
Good job of joining scripture with storyline. I appreciated and enjoyed this entire piece.

God bless~
Cinda Carter 06/04/13
Your insight on God's word as our bread when we our discouraged is quite accurate in meaning. I truly enjoyed this devotional in it's way of sharing that we sometimes want our comfort food. Oh, how Satan tempts us when we do not even realize what he is doing. The word of God as a comfort food is truly unique and a thought I had not considered until now. Thank you for sharing with us. I know this will help many of us including myself. Great job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/05/13
You did a nice job with this devotion. I enjoyed the scene with the baby and I'm sure many can relate. The transition to the Scripture felt a bit bumpy. I get the idea of comfort food and think it is a good one, but didn't see the baby actually at the comfort food state. You did do a nice job of wrapping it all up in the end. The idea of God's Word being the quintessential comfort food was a touch of genius. Good job.