(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in never ‘boxing’ another or myself but rather loving ‘me,’ ’cause all I got is God this daily leavened [Jesus Rises!] bread.”)
Scratch all things off your list that aren’t of soul.
All of flesh, erase it all of its tempt.
All you got is Spirit. Need you the toll
to gain the whole world you pay with contempt?
All I got is God. My “get” is to love
them all, even when they’re not loving free.
If I’m not loving me, got “boxing glove.”
I beat myself up more than they “box” me.
“All I got is My Father, My Dear Dad,”
says Jesus. “He’s My Mother, too, My Kin.
Hard to feel all alone or be all sad
when I got God all of ‘Me’ ever been.”
It “got” us no good to love as tightwad.
Love loose and light. ‘Cause? All we got is God.
(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in setting my kind eyes upon God’s Glory through His Son, Jesus Christ, this daily leavened [Jesus Rises!] bread.”)
You need not look right, left, front, or behind.
Only have your eyes upon the Prized One
who paid The Price for you to have mankind.
Speaking of “kind,” your kind eyes when looked “done.”
I set my eyes upon One who will mend
that I am faulty and I am frightened
and I am flawed. I am also a friend
to friendless, a light for eyes enlightened.
“Set your eyes upon Me and My Glory,”
says Jesus. “My Glory is that I’m rest.
What My Eyes see in you is a Story
of how I came to rest in you. You? Blessed!”
Each of us, no one can category.
Rest in kindness while eyes upon Glory.
(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in bending, moving, shaking, awakening to God’s Love for ALL this daily leavened [Jesus Rises!] bread.”)
You’re gonna have to bend a bit for them.
You’re not losing your soul, just gaining grace.
He might need hope, she might need “no condemn.”
You might need a bit of both in “need’s” chase.
I move a bit to shake a lot of me.
Can you move and shake with me as I dream
of who I am when no one’s looking? “See”
I’m a bit of nothing without God’s Gleam.
“Worry a bit less, love a whole lot more,”
says Jesus. “My Father is ALL you need.
Only God is a bit peeved when you snore
while a lot awake need love guaranteed.”
We’re here for God, for Love, lickety-split.
We’ll have to bend, move, shake, awake a bit.
(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in letting others have their way and say so I can have my way and say which is God’s Way and Say this daily leavened [Jesus Rises!] bread.”)
You spend unnecessary hours in “why?”
“Why don’t they understand what I’m asking?”
You won’t be ‘stood by them ’cause their comply
is your deny. Ask you what they’re masking.
“I need,” “I need,” “I NEED,” is my cry out.
What I need x3 is ’cause I’m a 4
Enneagram type: I need them “no doubt”
that I need much from them. Their way? Ignore.
“I plead! Let them be who they need to be,”
says God. “You being you, I know your name.
Their way need not be your way. My Son, He
is My Pride and Joy. So are you. Them? Same.”
We will NEVER get them to know our say.
Says God to us: “Let them have it their way.”
(a “Dear special child:” film review by Timothy J. Verret)
“Dear special child:”
There are some films that just “change the game.” They get us to look at the world in an entirely different and unique way. Such is this film from India, LIKE STARS ON EARTH. In fact, looking at the world in an entirely different and unique way is EXACTLY what this film is all about. It’s about a “Dear special child:” who was led by a wonderfully special teacher to see how truly miraculous and special he was, is, and always will be. I would have loved to have seen this special film as a “Dear special child:” myself, as it would have “changed my game” and allowed me to embrace me as special as I was, is, and always will be.
Darsheel Safary plays the special child, Ishaan Awasthi, and it’s a marvelous performance of absolute and complete originality. Any exceptionally gifted, young actor would have found it difficult to carry a nearly 3-hour film, but Safary is not just any exceptionally gifted, young actor. He is TRULY special, just as Ishaan is. With the young eyes of an old soul and those big buck teeth, Safary wins us over the minute he shows up in the film and he has our heart in every scene that follows until the triumphant end. Aamir Khan plays the wonderfully special teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, and Khan, most definitely an inner child as an outer adult, wins us over, as well, with his creative and unique teaching style. The other teachers in the school don’t know what to make of Nikumbh but when they try to make him over into the stringent and regimented teacher they are, Nikumbh faces them all and gives them the Nazi salute of, “Heil Hitler!” Priceless and very apropos! It’s not the least that Ishaam is lazy and rebellious; it’s simply the most that Ishaam has undiagnosed dyslexia. Words confuse him and cause him to have poor motor skills, as well. Catching a ball is impossible for Ishaam, because he can’t understand the concept of the ball being thrown to him, unable to clock the actual distance from the ball, thus completely unable to catch the ball. Words hold this same concept of confusion for him. When Nikumbh figures out why Ishaam can’t read and write, he sets out to address his dyslexia but Nikumbh does something even more remarkable than that: Nikumbh addresses Ishaam’s creativity in painting where words cannot possibly fail him. Ishaam’s parents are clueless about his dyslexia, as many parents unfortunately are, and Ishaam’s father is hell bent on his children succeeding and winning. Ishaam succeeds and wins in ways his father cannot understand, and that is through Ishaam’s creativity.
I’m not kidding you, “Dear special child:” Every single teacher and parent with a child and/or children should be mandated to watch this film. Teachers and parents need to understand that their child does not have to succeed or win because a certain teacher and parent didn’t succeed or win in their own lives. Teachers and parents need to address each special child individually, uniquely, refreshingly accommodating to each special child’s unique gifts and talents. The child might become the quarterback of a football team but the child also might become the painter who paints like no one else can possibly paint. The child might be the smartest kid in the class but the child also might be the most artistic kid in the class. This film inspires me to want to teach because I want kids to “get this.” I want kids to “get” that they don’t have to be who their teacher or parent thinks they need to be. They need ONLY be who they NEED to be. My parents wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer for the rich career warranted. I wanted to be the artist I am now for the “rich career” of being enriched as the creative person God enriched me to be, monetarily rich or poor. It’s these creative types like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, all with learning disabilities, who “changed the game” and thus changed the world. It’s these creative types who do God, The Original Creator, justice by creating from adversity to sheer originality.
I’m not going to let you, “Dear special child:,” get away without saying this:
“Dear special child:” YOU ARE SPECIAL! You always were, are, and always will be. There is not one single thing you need to “change about your game.” If your teachers want you to be who they want you to be, be YOU! If your parents want you to be who they want you to be, be YOU! There is no one else like you and there is no one else who will ever be like you. You are one-of-a-kind, unique, special, endearing, remarkable, marvelous….do you need me to go on? If you do, I will! I’m so grateful to God that He brought this absolute gem of a film to me at just the absolute right time, because I can often feel VERY “unspecial.” This film reminds me and all of us just how special we were, are, and always will be. “Like stars on earth” indeed am I….and YOU!!!!
Unique and original blessings ALWAYS, “Dear special child:,”
Timothy J. Verret (a “Dear special child:”)
(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in no shifting shadows down here but only Father of Heavenly Lights bringing down from Above stilled Grace this daily leavened [Jesus Rises!] bread.”)
You move as shifting shadows down below.
Taking and racing have become your “dark.”
Don’t you know God is never shift? You flow
the shift, God rests the still of a bench mark.
I’m shifting shadows when I’m moving fast.
What is my hurry? What is this “fast lot?”
“Be still, not shift. I am your God. The last
first.” Tortoise defeating hare was long shot.
“Shift not below for Above is stilled Grace:”
says Jesus. “Only Perfect and Good Gifts.”
They come down from My Father to your place
of shifting shadows where all groan in shifts.”
Father of Heavenly Lights won’t oppose
you and I stilled in world’s shifting shadows.
(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in Jesus The Christ carrying ‘why need be?’ this daily leavened [Jesus Rises with The Heavy Cross] bread.”)
You carry the heavy of your own will.
How that’s working out for your life of “me?”
Best to rest in healing the heavy hill
you carry by healing you “why need be?”
When I carry the heavy, I’m exhaust.
All becomes control, all becomes my way.
When He carries the heavy, it’s low-cost
for my high-price to purchase me with pay.
“I will carry the heavy; it’s no sweat,”
says Jesus. “I carried The Cross for you.
It was heavy but My Father upset
was My Joy to heal you to ‘carry through.'”
Jesus The Christ ain’t heavy, just levy:
The High Price He paid to heal the heavy.
(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in ‘deep me’ today, this daily leavened [Jesus Rises when I go ‘deep me’] bread.”)
You’re gonna have to go “deep me” to heal.
What you feel, you heal. What you don’t, you won’t.
You will fall deep if High God not your “feel.”
Feel His Deep Love and feel “deep me.” Or don’t?
I find it hard to believe some not deep.
When I’m deep, they stay shallow. Must I drown?
When I ask, “what’s up?,” they reply, “upkeep,
I’m keeping up appearances.” I frown.
“My Living Waters run deep, so ‘deep me,'”
says Jesus. “You won’t know Me if you’re ‘up.’
Samaritan woman at the well knee-
deep to draw Me deep. You, too, bring your cup.”
“Okay,” “fine,” “good,” won’t ‘deep’ us Jesus. He
requires that we feel to heal. We “deep me.”
(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in God’s future plans of hope, over the rainbow ’til I soar, this daily leavened [Jesus Rises Over the Rainbow!] bread.”)
What are your plans for the future attuned?
Do you even believe there’s a future?
You’ve lost hope in “then” ’cause now is your wound.
Future heal with God, each wound to suture.
For me to prosper, my future is His.
Who am I to know what God has in store?
All I know is future of Oz and Wiz;
over the rainbow I go ’til I soar.
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares
the Lord. “Plans that involve never you harm.
My Son, Jesus the Christ, is One who cares,
One who hopes, One who protects when unarm.”
We won’t know our future plans telescope.
Just know God’s plans for our future are hope.
There’s no need to slaughter a lamb; The Lamb of God has already been slaughtered. These are desperate times we are living in where we need to be no slaughtering, just saving. Hasn’t there been enough slaughtering already? Ten billion farm animals slaughtered on factory farms every year in the United States alone is not enough slaughtering? How much slaughtering do we actually need when the Slaughter of Jesus Christ is the only slaughter necessary? I don’t exactly know where I’m going with this, but you can be sure I am going to go with this and seek to “save” by holding nothing back!
I don’t like the word, “slaughter.” It brings up for me such horror. As a nonhuman animal welfare advocate for God, I see nonhuman animals undergoing “slaughter horror” all the time on factory farms, in research labs, dogs being chained 24/7, dogfighting rings, circuses, rodeos….do I need to go any further with this? And much as I don’t like to think about nonhuman animals being slaughtered, I don’t like to think about an innocent Jesus Christ who was slaughtered as a guilty one, for, like nonhuman animals, Jesus did nothing wrong to deserve being slaughtered. And, yet, they slaughtered Him anyway, just like they slaughter nonhuman animals anyway. Given my sensitive heart and spirit, I probably wouldn’t be able to handle much of any of this if it were not for: “Forgive them, Father, for they do not know what they are doing” [Luke 23:34]). Help me, Father, to forgive those who slaughtered Jesus and those who slaughter nonhuman animals, for they know not what they did or what they are doing. What they did, they did, but what they are doing is they are taking God’s nonhuman animals (“And God saw that it was good” [Genesis 1:25]) and slaughtering them for food, for greed, for profit, for domination, and for any other vain reason out there. As far as food goes, Genesis 1:29 says, “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Some will say after Noah’s Ark, God gave us permission to eat animals for food. True, but let’s put this into context: After God had destroyed everyone but Noah and his peeps and God’s animals, maybe God knew that he had to give people a break for the evil they were at that time God decided to “reinvent the wheel,” as far as humans and humanity. Maybe God didn’t want to put that much on their plate (pun intended). And we want a Paradise on earth, right? If so, we need to go back to where Paradise began, and it began at Genesis 1:29, where plants were to be our “meat” and NOT “meat” from nonhuman animals. No slaughtering, just saving.
Jesus saves (Acts 4:12), so shouldn’t we be about no slaughtering, just saving? Many will often use “Jesus saves” as a saving for ONLY humans. Should we limit Jesus Christ in this way, so that Jesus ONLY saves humans and NOT nonhuman animals? Isn’t Jesus Powerful enough to save us all, BOTH humans AND nonhuman animals? Even if we say Jesus cannot save in this way, is slaughtering nonhuman animals gonna bring us any closer to the fact that Jesus does save? If Jesus saves you (human), why can’t Jesus save them (nonhuman animals)? If Jesus was slaughtered for you (and He was), how is slaughtering them gonna bring you any closer to Him? To God? Any living being slaughtered now is to denounce that Jesus was slaughtered first. The Lamb of God who was slaughtered wasn’t just slaughtered because there was nothing better for Jesus (or God) to do. “God SO loved the world that He sent his Only Son to give us eternal life (SAVED!)” [John 3:16]) If we slaughter any living being, how can show our appreciation and devotion to God who SO loved the world of BOTH humans AND nonhuman animals?
“Oh, but humans can be saved, nonhuman animals CAN’T BE SAVED!” Really? “Let every living, breathing creature praise God! Hallelujah!” (Psalm 150:6). I hear in this verse ALL living, breathing creatures are worthy to praise God. I don’t hear anything in this verse about to be slaughtering in order to be saving. If any living, breathing creature can praise God, any dying, dead creature CANNOT praise God. Millions of God’s nonhuman farm animals slaughtered every year for food are not given the opportunity to praise God. They are dying, dead because we don’t count them worthy to praise God. Don’t know about you, but I want to give these ten million nonhuman farm animals who are slaughtered for food an opportunity to praise God. I feel I have no right to decline them that privilege. The free will afforded to us should not be to take away nonhuman animals’ free will to want to live and praise God.
“You’re insane, Timothy, to think like this!” No problem. I’ve been called worse. And if my saying I’m for no slaughtering, just saving, makes me insane, then thank God I’m insane! It’s just that the word, “free,” means a whole lot to me, because I know what it’s like NOT to be free. I know what it feels like to be in a cage, BOTH of my own making AND the making of others. So, yes, insane if I’m saying no human or nonhuman animal should ever have to know what it feels like to be in a cage and not to be free. If I say I want humans to be in a cage and not to be free, that would make me insane. If I say I want nonhuman animals to be in a cage and not to be free, that would make me insane. But if I say I want NO human OR nonhuman animal to be in a cage and not to be free, that would make me….well, not in a cage and FREE!
So, “yes” to no slaughtering, just saving!
Love and blessings and FREE!
Timothy J. Verret