Father God, thank You that we have Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ, why we fasten our faith belt. We will have twists and turns, ups and downs, hills and valleys (ALL BOTH) in our journey through. We will experience withdraw in ALL BOTH and will want to sever. Help us, Father God, to fasten our faith belt to Your Faithful Law in this bumpy ride. On a more personal note, I borrowed (or stole) the first line of the sonnet from the classic film, ALL ABOUT EVE (1950). Bette Davis, a real pistol of a woman, delivered this often-quoted line before entering a party: “Fasten your seat belts! It’s gonna be a bumpy ride!” Party or no party, you sure weren’t kidding, Ms. Davis! On an even more personal note, when the ride of my life is as bumpy as it is right now, I do have a tendency to withdraw BIG TIME and sever all relationships. I get into what I call my “aloof artist” role. Speaking of films, in Woody Allen’s INTERIORS (1978), the father delivered this not-so-often-quoted line to his writer daughter: “You act out the part of the aloof artist, and no one can get near you.” Yeah, that describes the aloof artistic me to a “T” (as in “Timothy”). Help me, Father God, not to act out the part of the aloof artist and instead let others get near me in my bumpy ride, even if I have to occasionally blow my horn in protest. “ Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) . I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Faith Belt Name of Jesus Christ, the Name above every other name, including my own 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] to fasten my faith belt on my aloof artist and bumpy ride this daily leavened bread.”)
Fasten your faith belt for a bumpy ride.
There’s your twists and turns in your journey through.
If you unfasten your faith, crash curbside.
If you fasten your faith, no bump into.
Fasten my faith belt for blowing my horn.
There’s my ups and downs, my hills and valleys.
If I unfasten my faith, falls forewarn.
If I fasten my faith, rises rallies.
“Fasten that faith belt, now more than ever,”
says Jesus. “Have you unfastened withdraw?
Have you unfastened faith to now sever?
I fasten Myself to God’s Faithful Law.”
If we unfasten our faith belt, fear felt.
That’s why Jesus is fasten our faith belt.
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