REFUSE TO BE COMFORTABLE

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Father God, thank You that we refuse to be comfortable. Where mercy is concerned, there is just no way for us to be comfortable. We cannot sit on One’s hands and lay low. We cannot say, “not me,” while them need rescue. If we say we are comfortable and leave it at that, we are forgetting about mercy and, thus, forgetting about Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ. Like “love,” mercy is a verb and not a noun. We cannot just say we have mercy on “the least of these” and not put that into action. “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:13-18). And I don’t know about you, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that “brother or sister” in this Bible verse also refers to “the least of these,” God’s nonhuman animals. Who else but God’s nonhuman animals, “the least of these,” need more mercy than most? “I will show my faith by my works” to always show mercy in action and refuse to be comfortable where God’s nonhuman animals are concerned. I am not in this life God called me to so that I can be comfortable where God’s nonhuman animals are concerned. I am in this life God called me to so that I can show mercy in action and refuse to be comfortable where God’s nonhuman animals are concerned. My little friend in the picture, I say to you, “I see that you are naked and destitute without daily food. Hold tight and wait for me. I will show you my faith by my works to show you mercy in action and refuse to be comfortable.” You might not be a nonhuman animal welfare advocate for God but rather a human welfare advocate for God. By all means, “good” and “love” (BOTH) for you and, by all means, show your faith by your works to show mercy in action and refuse to be comfortable where God’s humans are concerned. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Hurting Name of Jesus Christ, the Name above every other name. This prayer is answered by “my faith by my works” and my belief. Please help me, Father God, where by “my faith by my works” and my belief are lacking. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] in ‘my faith by my works’ to show mercy in action and refuse to be comfortable this daily leavened bread.”)

You can’t be fine if their lives on the line.

You can’t be okay if their lives at bay.

“Good” for you. Good that you refuse resign.

“Love” for you. Love that you refuse delay.

I can’t be fine if their lives at decline.

I can’t be okay if their lives ashtray.

“Good” for me. Good that I refuse to whine.

“Love” for me. Love that I refuse heyday.

“Refuse to be comfortable, One’s owe,”

says Jesus. “While they hurt, I AM hurt, too.

Refuse to sit on One’s hands and lay low.

Refuse to say ‘not me.’ Them? One’s rescue.”

There’s no law to help lives governable.

Mercy! Refuse to be comfortable.

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2 thoughts on “REFUSE TO BE COMFORTABLE

  1. I have a tendency to be comfortable. I don’t allow myself to fully feel the pain of others, humans and animals alike. It’s a hard task to open up, be willing to suffer for others and work for the end of suffering.

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  2. I understand, Dag, and you are most definitely not alone in that one, BUT I have been called to share in the suffering of “the least of these.” I refuse to be comfortable when they are uncomfortable. I accept this “hard task” from God, as I would not want it any other way. I want others to accept this “hard task,” as well, but I realize I have limited power and understanding (BOTH) of what compels others as they are called, indeed hoping they ARE called. I’m just grateful that I have indeed been called by God for this “hard task” for “the least of these.” 🙏

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