HOMESTRETCH

cheetah on brown grass field during daytime
Father God, thank You that we are New at Homestretch, and it is time to stretch ourselves. What does this mean? The old is gone. We must accept disruption and interruption (BOTH) as we go from self-praise to appraise, where our worth is found not in ourselves but in Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a New Creation; the old is gone; behold, all things have become New” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The Lamb of God Stretched Himself to Love us as New Creations. Jesus is “I AM Myself,” so we can be “I am myself,” too. We can stretch ourselves by Loving New, as gone are the old days of wretch. We can stretch ourselves in the meantime to allow Jesus to Love us and them (BOTH) while down there. On a more personal note, I spent a whole lot of old, wretched days hating me and having NO VOICE WHATSOEVER, sitting on the bleachers and said NOTHING. I allowed everyone and all things to shape me to be who they needed me to be. I was voiceless with hardly an option afforded me. Now and New (BOTH), God had left the 99, found me sitting on the bleachers and brought me back into the Fold of Jesus. He Loved me as new lamb and gave me a voice, His Voice, that I Now and New (BOTH) use to speak up for myself and all those who are voiceless. Me speaking that others must stretch themselves is the very same God Voice speaking that I must stretch myself. We’re in this BOTH together! And speaking of “stretch,” notice how God’s nonhuman animals stretch when they feel like stretching, as our cheetah friend in the picture is doing? They don’t need to be told to stretch like us; they just do it naturally and uneventfully (BOTH). “But ask the animals, and they will instruct you” (Job 12:7). Ask the animals, and they will stretch you! 🐾 I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Stretched 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 need stretching. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] in stretching myself New and Now [BOTH] as God needs me stretched at Homestretch this daily leavened bread.”)

You may have to stretch yourself in new ways.

The old is gone. You’re new to disruption.

You’ll have to let God stretch you from self-praise.

Stretch yourself! Praise God for interruption.

I may have to stretch myself in new ways.

The old is gone. I’m new to who I am.

I’ll have to let God stretch me to appraise.

Stretch myself! Worth God to love me new lamb.

“We’re at the Homestretch, so now stretch yourself,”

says Jesus. “Stretch yourself New all in prayer.

In the meantime, Love that I AM Myself.

I Stretched Myself to Love you while down there.”

We must stretch ourselves, gone old days of wretch.

We must Love New now that we’re at Homestretch.

(picture by photographer, D.S. Chapman, available for free without copyright laws at https://unsplash.com/photos/aIgZHolF4Dg)

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