THE REAL CHILDREN OF GOD

grayscale photo of woman sitting on grass field
“Father God, thank You that we are the real children of God. ‘Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!’ (1 John 3:1). ‘Real,’ as in we love all, act ‘fraid, wear our hearts on sleeve, greet our grieve; these You made with Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ, and these You made that make us ‘real.’ ‘Real,’ as in we don’t ever hide our haul, flop our feel, pause our prayed, doubt our deal, and we certainly never oust our odd; these You made not with Jesus Christ, and these You did not make because they do not make us ‘real.’ All we have to do is nod, ‘Yes!’ All we have to do is agree to these that make us ‘real.’ On a more personal note and speaking of ‘these,’ I always know I am ‘real’ when I am loving, merciful, and compassionate to Your ‘the least of these’ that, for me, are Your nonhuman animals. As the picture informs us, real children take great interest in ‘the least of these.’ Raising children of God who do not take interest in ‘the least of these,’ I question if they are the real children of God. I don’t get to make that call, however. I just get to ‘encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:11). And as I encourage one another and build each other up (BOTH), I see a world where BOTH humans AND nonhuman animals are being cared for and attended to (BOTH), especially ‘the least of these.’ There’s something to be said about those like these who nod, “Yes!” There’s something to be said about those like these who care for and attend to (BOTH) ‘the least of these.’ Let me be one of those like ‘these,’ Father God, as one of your real children today, this daily leavened bread. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and ‘Real’ Name of Jesus Christ, The Name above every other name. 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 [BOTH] in there’s something to be said about me being ‘real,’ as in a real child of God, this daily leavened bread.”)

You are a real child of God who loves all.

You are a real child of God who is “real.”

“Real,” as in you don’t ever hide your haul.

“Real,” as in you don’t ever flop your feel.

I am a real child of God who acts ‘fraid.

I am a real child of God who is “real.”

“Real,” as in I don’t ever pause my prayed.

“Real,” as in I don’t ever doubt my deal.

“I’m looking for the real children of God,”

says Jesus. “‘Real,’ as in wear hearts on sleeve.

I’m not looking for those who oust their odd.

I’m looking for those real who greet their grieve.”

There’s something to be said for those who nod,

“Yes!” It’s said they’re the real children of God.

picture by photographer, Diana Linarr, available for free without copyright laws at: https://unsplash.com/photos/_L4yNVroPyU

2 thoughts on “THE REAL CHILDREN OF GOD

  1. Lookin’ for the real children of god… I don’t wanna be part of any club that will have me. I’m working on not ousting my odd as best I can. I also want to greet my grieve.

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  2. What great progress you’re making, Dag, with ousting the odd and greeting the grieve (BOTH). And remember, you and I are BOTH “God’s HandiWork in progress” 🙏

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