“Father God, thank You that all we got is the Internal Case of God! We got Perfective (meaning ‘tending to make Perfect’) and we got Trinity (meaning ‘God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit’)! Nothing external of our lives means anything. Everything internal of our lives means ‘King,’ as in King Jesus, as in Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, as in The Lord is my Shepherd, as in ‘Your Rod and Your Staff, they comfort me’ (Psalm 23:4). We look out to our externals and we see Jesus. We look inside to our internals and we see Jesus. Clearly, we cannot hide from Jesus, nor should we try. Jesus finds us no matter external or internal (BOTH). And if we are looking to be found, ‘What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?’ (Matthew 18:12). Jesus IS that Man in the story, and we are the 1 who if wanders away, Jesus leaves the 99 to go look for the 1 that wandered off. On a more personal note, this is EXACTLY my story. I wandered away, far away, to the ends of the earth and the ends of a cliff (BOTH), and Jesus left the 99 and went looking for the 1 (me) that wandered off. Jesus brought me back to the fold with ‘Your Rod and Your Staff, they comfort me.’ Please bear in mind, Jesus did NOT use His Rod and His Staff to beat me or prod me or yank me, as some are in the habit of doing when shepherding sheep. No, Jesus ‘comforted me’ back to the fold. Jesus would NEVER be the kind of shepherd who would beat or prod or yank His sheep, because Jesus is loving, compassionate and merciful to BOTH God’s humans AND nonhuman animals. Any shepherd who beats or prods or yanks his nonhuman sheep is NOT being loving, compassionate and merciful as God has taught us to be toward his nonhuman animals. ‘The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel’ (Proverbs 12:10). Maybe these shepherds need a good case of the Internal Case of God? I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Comforting Rod and Staff 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 nothing external and everything Internal Case of God this daily leavened [Jesus is still ME!] bread.”)

Nothing external of you means one thing,

not your position nor your perspective.

Everything internal of you is “King.”

The Internal Case of God? Perfective!

Nothing external of me means I’m free,

not my surroundings nor my sanity.

Everything internal of me is “Three.”

The Internal Case of God? Trinity!

“YES! Nothing external of you but ME!”

says Jesus. “Everything internal? ME!

The Internal Case of God is still ME!

The Trinity of God is, YES, still ME!”

We’ve got external minus Staff and Rod.

All we got? The Internal Case of God.

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