“Father God, thank You that we are to live for the quality and NOT the quantity of living while we are loving. So many fear death, which is about the silliest and most inane thing to fear. Why? Because we ALL will see it when it is Your Time, Father God. Some even are dead right now because they are ‘spiritually dead’ and yet don’t even know it. Once again, we live for the quality of living while loving, NOT the quantity of living while loving. On a more personal note, this God Sonnet and its message could not have come at a better time with where I am right now with my dog, Blue, testing positive for heartworms. Do I (and you, Father God) want Blue to have the quality of life or the quantity of life with this new diagnosis? Since Blue has been with me, it has been COMPLETELY the quality of me loving Blue and the quality of Blue loving me. It has had NOTHING to do with the quantity of how Blue and I have been loving each other, so why should any of that change now with this new diagnosis? Some are telling me that Blue is to live as long as possible. I am telling them that Blue is to love as long as possible, and Blue and I are to love each other as long as possible. And “as long as possible” is for the comfort (quality) and NOT the condition (quantity) of Blue and I loving each other. Do I want Blue to live forever with me? Of course! Isn’t that what all of us want with our loved ones? But, right now anyway, Blue and I ARE about the quality, NOT the quantity! On an even more personal note, it is impossible for me to hear the word, “quality,” and not think of the word, “equality.” And as the picture informs us, God’s nonhuman animals are “EQUALITY” with God’s humans. Humans are not ABOVE nonhuman animals in God’s Eyes, for (speaking of ‘fear death’), ‘what happens to man and what happens to animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the animals, for all is vanity’ (Ecclesiastes 3:19). Man has NO ADVANTAGE over the animals for, if all of this is true, it is VANITY! And we all know how Father God feels about vanity, right? I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and eQuality 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 the quality of living while loving and NOT the quantity of living while loving this daily leavened (Jesus eQuality!] bread.”)
You fear death? Now, how silly is that one?
Don’t you know you can’t be the one shoving?
It’s not the quantity of living done.
It’s the quality done while you’re loving.
I fear death? Now, how completely inane?
Don’t I know I don’t fear what all will see?
It’s not the quantity of living gain.
It’s the quality gained while loving free.
“You’re right, Timothy! Quality of life!”
says Jesus. “Quantity is NOT the goal.
It’s the Quality of Living while strife.
It’s the Quality of Loving while ‘soul.'”
Once again, no word to rhyme with “loving.”
Why rhyme? It’s the Quality of Loving.