“Father God, please allow us to have gracious words for all others. We know that these gracious words are an ‘inside job,’ as it starts inside with us. The mercy we show to others has to start with the mercy we show to ourselves. Help us to be free to allow Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Savior, to love us aNew. We are aNew, as it is no longer us who live but Jesus Christ who lives in and with and through us. These gracious words are the kindness we afford BOTH humans and nonhuman animals. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious Name of Jesus Christ, and this prayer is answered by my faith and my belief. Please help me, Father God, where my faith and my belief are lacking. Amen.”

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in gracious words spoken to me first so that they can be spoken to all others second this daily leavened [Jesus Rises!] bread.”)

Like a honeycomb, gracious words are sweet.

You can’t speak them “out” if not spoken “in.”

Starts inside how you “outside” mercy seat;

got no mercy for you, got no begin.

“I’m such a nobody” is usual.

“No one understands me” is close second.

What does God say? Is God delusional?

“You’re somebody. I ‘get’ you” is beckoned.

“Gracious words to you are gracious to Me,”

says Jesus. “My Father is pleased with you

when you are merciful to you. To free

you is to free Me to love you aNew.”

All we are an “inside job,” God as Guide.

End of cruel, as gracious words start inside.

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  1. Glad to know I’m not the only one, Dag. Just when I think the God Sonnet is written for me, someone else picks up on its message. I’m glad about that!


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