Father God, thank You that we are WelCome In to Your Family of Love as the orphans and the widows (BOTH). Thank You that we have found a loving home and place, a loving bride and male, who is the One who is Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the ONLY One who won’t roam but will reside (BOTH), who is Grace but won’t unveil (BOTH). For the abandoned and abused (BOTH), the One who we are WelCome In from outskirts and the hurt we’ve been (BOTH). All adults and all kiddos (BOTH), WelCome In to God’s Family of Love as the orphans and the widows (BOTH). On a more personal note, a friend this morning sent me this Bible verse: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27). I replied: “I would like to add abused and abandoned animals of God to that list of widows and orphans, if I may? In fact, animals abused and abandoned makes them widows and orphans.” Hence, how this God Sonnet was born. We must add God’s nonhuman animals to this list of the orphans and the widows of this Bible verse, because so many of them have been and are (BOTH) abandoned and abused. We must add them to this list because they are also part of God’s Family of Love. We must WelCome In them. I WelCome In my doggie friend in the picture who clearly has been abandoned, if not also has been abused. I WelCome In him or her to God’s Family of Love. Will you help me WelCome In him or her as the orphans and the widows, as well? I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Come In 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 be WelCome In to God’s Family of Love as an orphan and a widow [BOTH] this daily leavened bread.”)
You’re an orphan needing a loving home.
You’re a widow needing a loving bride.
You’ve been adopted by One who won’t roam.
You’re now married to One who will reside.
I’m an orphan needing a loving place.
I’m a widow needing a loving male.
I’ve been adopted by One who is Grace.
I’m now married to One who won’t unveil.
“WelCome to God’s Family, ones been hurt,”
says Jesus. “Orphans and widows, Come In.
The abandoned, WelCome In from outskirts.
The abused, WelCome In from hurt you’ve been.”
God’s Love for the adults and the kiddos.
God’s Love for the orphans and the widows.
(picture by photographer, Catarina Carvalho, available for free without copyright laws at