“Christ, name us 1 of Your 12 in Your Name.”

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in living up to the name, ‘Timothy,’ God gave me”)

You like it when others call you by name.

They sing about you, name you by your worth.

If they call you by another name, shame

on them. He knew who you were from “give birth.”

He gave me birth name, “Timothy,” NOT “Tim!”

I don’t go by any other roll call.

If I hear, “Tim,” I’m in the tale from Grimm

Brothers. I’m Hansel with ovens for all.

“There is no other name under heaven.”

He “acts” 4 the 12 He named as misfits.

If one should stray, there would be eleven.

I, “Timothy,” step in when Judas quits.

We don’t get named by Him for the acclaim.

“Christ, name us 1 of Your 12 in Your Name.”

BROKEN BACKS AND BONES OF BUNNIES

CRUELTY FREE (a painting by Timothy J. Verret)
This is what your cosmetics and cleaning supplies tested on animals looks like. Is your beauty and cleanliness worth this????

Please visit this website for a list of beauty and cleaning products that are NOT tested on animals and support their choice for compassion:

https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/list-of-cruelty-free-bran…/

Breaks my “bunny heart” to know what these bunnies in research labs have to endure for our pleasure and comfort. Did you know that these bunnies often break their backs and other bones trying to get out of these tiny torture chambers? It happens….a lot.

“But we have to test on them to make sure the products are safe for us?” Really? Then how can we explain companies that do NOT test on animals and give us the same products that are effective for our use? We ARE talking about money (yes, yet again!). It is cheaper to use animals and thus products tested on animals are cheaper for us to purchase. The products NOT tested on animals cost cruelty-free companies more more money and is why these products are more expensive to purchase. But can we put a price on broken backs and bones of bunnies?

I do hope you will visit the website for cruelty-free products listed above and consider purchasing only supplies that come from companies that do NOT test on animals. NOTE: If you purchase any product and it does NOT say, “not tested on animals,” or does NOT have the “cruelty free” icons pictured below, then the company’s product either tests on animals OR invests in a second-party company that tests on animals.

It’s really good to know these things, and it’s really good to know that God’s Animals deserve to be treated with love and compassion.

Blessings and love always for ALL God’s People and God’s Animals,

-Timothy J. Verret

PLEASE only buy products with these symbols

NO OTHER WAY WORKS

This is NOT the way to treat the sheep of Jesus
This is NOT the way that works

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; it’s how I cope to hope in the Only Way that Works, i.e., I Praise His Spirit”)

You go the way of brutal beating you.

You think you deserve this bloody warfare.

They hurt you early in your sweet “come to.”

Hurting you is your praise. This isn’t fair.

A sea of men love me; there is his way

that hates me. He gets all my attention.

I’m a phantom menace to get his praise.

All go a”way” in ego suspension.

“The Hour is Coming! Put faith NOT in man.”

Put Faith in Him. His Flesh and Blood: The Cost.

HIS WAY IS THE WAY THAT WORKS! “Fisherman,

fish NOT for fish but people who are lost.”

Those we praise here on earth are useless perks.

We Praise His Spirit. No other way works.

Impress

SELF-PORTRAIT WITH DOGS – an “impress”ionistic painting by Edvard Munch

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in Impressing only God today by Love that don’t digress” [“impress”ed by Philippians 2:3])

You seek to Impress them with Who You Are.

You flail weak arms to get their attention.

“I Am Here, Superior! Please Memoir

Me!” Bless YOUR heart. you need the declension.

I impress them all to feel I belong,

that I’m somebody, that I’m not “mistake.”

The “wrong” of this is that I’m “right” prolong

for suffering. i’ve always been daybreak.

“Don’t try to impress others. Be humble.”

we get elevated to High when low.

Jesus is Lord, yet He had to crumble

as a cookie criminal for Love’s Dough.

we Love God, God Loves us, Love don’t digress.

we are Enough. we don’t have to Impress.

THE WHOLE DAY

“All people and animals, come get your fill from My Whole Body of spout. None are refused. It’s open the whole day.”

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in getting my fill of God’s Love the whole day” [inspired by Matthew 6:25])

You’ve got the whole day to plan out your life.

Unbeknownst to you, your life starts today.

It’s not you down the road. It’s you now rife,

storing every moment for the net weigh.

I spend the whole day planning ab”out” you.

Absence makes not the heart any fonder.

I ponder the hours of hullabaloo.

End the whole day is time I did squander.

“Therefore I tell you, don’t worry about

your life; eat and drink from My Body bruised.

Our whole day is His Whole Body of spout.

Come to the well when thirst. None are refused.

If the world had say, we’d whittle away.

God’s Holy Spirit is for the whole day.

A HIDDEN LIFE (2019)

There is nothing hidden, which shall not be openly seen; nor anything secret, which shall not be known and come into the light of day.” (Luke 8:17)

(a film review by Timothy J. Verret)

I have had the pleasure of being familiar with Terrence Malick’s films. It started with his film, BADLANDS (1973), which made stars of Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen. Then, there was DAYS OF HEAVEN (1978), which won a well-deserved Best Cinematography Oscar. In 2011, Malick’s THE TREE OF LIFE won the Palme D’Or at the 64th Cannes Film Festival; the film was a spiritual- and soul-searching poem that was luminously lyrical. And now, we have A HIDDEN LIFE which is another “tree of life” film where Malick returns to a form that served him well before, but this time the soulful soar is even higher. It’s all the way in the mountains.

A HIDDEN LIFE is based on the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer who refused to join the Third Reich to take an oath to Hitler during World War II Nazi Germany. What Franz is subjected to during this conscientious refusal is simply heartbreaking yet truly inspiring! Malick loves long shots that seem to last for an eternity. In fact, Franz spends just a year or less in a prison for his stance, but the trauma and pain that Franz endures feels like a lifetime to him and to us as the viewer. Every image of this film is poetic, an invitation to emotionally delve into what it means to stand up for one’s principles, one’s beliefs, even to the point of death. But it is not death that kills Franz or us; it’s when we have “given up” in our spirit that we truly die.

Malick’s screenplay is haunting and bleeds the Bible from start to finish and gives us a glimpse into the life of a man who, like Jesus Christ, could not be broken from a path to enlightenment, a deep spiritual journey that the world could not possibly comprehend. Franz simply could not be broken from his faith, no matter how much they tried to break him, and they tried to break him a lot. We see so clearly and feel so clearly what they are trying to do to Franz and even we, at times, want to say, “C’mon, Franz, give into them. They are going to kill you if you don’t take that oath!” We don’t want Franz to suffer is why. But Franz won’t listen to them or us. Franz must stay true to who he is in his faith.

“We suffer injustice but we don’t do it.” We suffer for wrongs in their eyes, but we don’t do any wrong in our eyes and God’s Eyes. They can beat us, humiliate us, torture us, but we just don’t let them beat, humiliate, or torture our faith in the One we trust and love. We don’t give them that “in,” even if it means them taking us “out.” Franz inspires all of us to stay the course of faith and love, even when we are challenged to go the route of hopelessness and hate.

What compelled me most about A HIDDEN LIFE is how those who tried to break Franz were left defeated. Many told Franz that what he was doing was admirable but asked, “Who will see this, Franz?” They were suggesting Franz was only living “a hidden life.” What was so inspiring is that when these same people failed to sway Franz’s faith, their dejected looks seemed to say, “I wish I had his faith. I wish I had his spunk. I don’t stand up for anything!” This is what chilled me to the bone, because Franz, in fact, did NOT lead “a hidden life.” Those who were witnesses to his strong faith and tenacity were forever changed, moved to reflect on why they had no passion in their lives and nothing that they really believed in all that much. Or they believed in something, like Hitler and the Third Reich, but knew deep down inside that their beliefs were misguided, misinformed and a “mistake.” Franz left a legacy to all in his midst. He left them all with, “I don’t want to live a hidden life unless it is a meaningful life, a life of devotion to God’s Love and Mercy and Grace. I want a Franz life!”

At the end of the film, Franz’s wife says to him, “I will see you in the mountains.” People who leave behind their flesh to soar in their spirit can always be found in the mountains. We rise to the mountains ourselves in our faith and join those who never gave in but rather gave it all up, including their lives, to find their place in the mountains. When all is said and done and “it is finished,” I pray I will see Franz in the mountains.

Nothing is hidden….nothing! Thank you, Terrence Malick, Franz Jägerstätter and A HIDDEN LIFE, for reminding us that nothing we do righteously shall go unnoticed, that God sees all, and that Love through strong faith will always, and maybe sooner than we think, see the “light of day.”

WE’VE BEEN CALLED TO CARE

“I care about you because you care about me.” Same words from BOTH man AND pig, BOTH held in God’s Arms!

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in caring about All God’s Creation” [sonnet inspired by Romans 8:28])

You think if you withhold, they’ll search you out,

explore you, discover you, treasure worth.

You were found when God said, “This one, I’ll route

to care for My Creation, why this birth.”

I’ve been worked on by God to care for you.

Animals, check. Humans, check. Hurting, check.

Happy, do they need my care? Yes, to woo

them a new view when they are plank, me speck.

We’ve been called to care for all of God’s Keep.

Their burdens are ours. Our heart is their hope.

Jesus sheared with gentleness every sheep.

He took Graced Time at the hour of upslope.

In all things, God is lifetime love affair,

held in God’s Arms. Them? We’ve been called to care.

“LOOK….HOW FAR I’VE COME”

“Please keep these elephants in the wild and let them have their journey. Let them look….how far they’ve come.”

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in reflecting today on how far I’ve truly come with God’s Help”)

Even the sun hasn’t risen as far

as you’ve come. You make the tallest man weep.

You’ve gone the distance from you to a star.

Shame you don’t know this. Have you been asleep?

I’ve been to hell and look how far I’ve come

back to you! I did not expect I would.

My journey was one of, “I’m just a crumb”

to “I’m just someone trying to make good.”

Take time to reflect on our journey’s end,

middle, begin, forward, then back again.

It’s what and who we find at every bend.

It’s God Who, Jesus What, How we begin.

We love God and others is rule of thumb.

We always pray this: “Look….how far I’ve come.”

HOW TO BE (2008)

(a film review by Timothy J. Verret)

HOW TO BE is “the little independent train that could” and does capture the true spirit of the true artist.

The film centers around Art, a musician, who is brooding, contemplative, soul-searching, and disconnected from a life of real meaning. Yes, Art IS an Artist. Artists like Art always ask this question: “Is what I create good enough?” Artists will also go even deeper than that with the fundamentally readjusted question of, “Am I good enough?” So, is the character of Art in this film “good enough?” If you ask Art this question at the beginning of the film, he will answer, “No, no, NO!!!!” At the end, Art will tell you while looking in the mirror, “Go out there and get ’em! You’re not a nobody. You’re a somebody!”

The plot of the film is that Art is very unhappy with his music and with his life and when he reads a self-help book by Dr. Levi Ellington entitled, It’s Not Your Fault, Art sends every last dime of his money to this doctor to hire him as his personal life coach. Art pays the doctor 5000 English pounds, which if my calculations are correct is 6521.74 American dollars. That seems like a lot for a personal life coach, but Art is desperate enough and drastic times do call for drastic measures, don’t they? Dr. Ellington, does in fact, help Art quite a bit to face his past demons, which are really his parents, and his current demons that tell him he is a nobody. “You are a nobody” is any demon’s favorite line! Art has some kooky friends who help along the way, and there is a “new” Art at the end of the film who doesn’t give up on “Art” in the word, “Artist,” and I like that. That inspires me very much. Kinda wish my name was Art so this inspiration would apply to me. “Timothy, go out and get ’em! You are not nobody! You are somebody!” I guess I am Art after all.

Robert Pattinson plays Art. Many of you probably know Pattinson from his claim to fame as the vampire, Edward Cullen, in the film adaptations of author Stephanie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga series. I must admit that I have only seen bits and pieces of these series, so I can’t really comment much on Pattinson’s work in these films. I did, however, see Water for Elephants where Pattinson was the lead, and I liked that film very much and Pattinson, as well. It was my understanding that Pattinson was very good in The Lighthouse with Willem Dafoe, but I haven’t seen that film either. With HOW TO BE, I think Pattinson shines as an actor because he makes Art so accessible to us, so genuinely tenacious in his pursuit for a meaningful existence with meaningful relationships to boot. Art helps us to see the distinction between a “good” artist and a “great” artist. A “good” artist is one who knows the rules and follows them. A “great” artist is one who knows the rules but wants to break them. Writer and director of HOW TO BE, Oliver Irving, along with Pattinson, are “great” artists because they break the rules of this story that could have been wildly formulaic. Instead, they both show great courage by breaking the establishment rules to search out the identity and truth of the artistic life and relationships, only in the end to have searched out the identity and truth of non-artist lives and relationships, as well.

Dr. Livingston in the film drops a bombshell for all of us: “When we can accept that we are truly alone, then we can make something out of our lives.” Of course, this doesn’t mean we should withdraw and isolate from others. What it means is that we really are truly alone (what I like to say as, “We’re just not Home yet”), and that’s going to be okay when we can truly accept this. Many of us have God who we believe in, so we never really, truly are alone. But, in essence, we are alone because while we can feel God all around us, we are often still alone with no one in sight when feeling God this way. I don’t know about you, but I pray alone, and that’s going to be okay. I’m sure all this lonely lamenting that this film brought up for me comes from my “hopeless romantic” vibe, but maybe, just maybe, being alone is not the real issue. Maybe the real issue is that when we know “how to be” who we are and when we know “how to be” loving to ourselves exactly the way we are, we know exactly “how to be” as God intended us to “be.” Art did not profess to knowing or believing God, but Art professed to knowing and believing in himself in the end, and that is probably as close to knowing and believing God as one could possibly “be.”

HOW TO BE is a real gem of an independent film. I HIGHLY recommend it!

God is Famous for THAT

“Please adopt your best friend from a shelter or rescue group! Please be THEIR Saving Grace today!”

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in being recognized as God’s Child, whereby I am awarded Grace”)

You want recognition for your time spent

in cognition; how you accomplish feats

for fame. You were dust once before dissent.

Approval you seek comes with steep receipts.

“Timothy wins the Recognized Award!”

I bow gracefully as the applause grows.

My acceptance speech is I thank the Lord

for fame and recognition, most for throes.

“No other name under heaven but God.”

“No other name by which we must be saved.”

Jesus is THAT Famous Name. The saints nod

when He wins The Award for Best Behaved.

Jesus behaves humbly when we fall flat.

God awards Grace. God is Famous for THAT.