IN THE SMALL THINGS, LOVE OF GOD GREAT!

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“Father God, thank You that in the small things, Your Love is Large, Big, Great! We can often feel so small in such a big world, but we need always remember exactly so small (meekness) is when Your Large, Big, Great Love shows up! It takes ‘right-sizing’ us so all that is ‘left’ is Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, in charge! Jesus IS our ‘BigWig’ (‘an important person, especially in a particular sphere’). In this ‘particular sphere’ that is us in this big world, the most important person IS Jesus! Help us hate no one, forgive everyone, so Your Love, Father God, will dwell. On a more personal note, when it came time to rhyme a word with ‘great,’ how ‘great’ were the choices! The picture I posted with this God Sonnet contains ONLY the 4-syllable (Enneagram 4) words I could have used to rhyme with ‘great.’ There were many more syllable words I could have used to rhyme with ‘great.’ I think I ‘right-sized’ me enough by asking anyone reading this God Sonnet to rhyme ‘great’ with their choice of word! That’s meekness! And that’s Your Large, Big, Great Love in charge in the small things in my life, Father God. And just because I didn’t post a picture of an animal with this God Sonnet as I usually do, how ‘great’ is my love for Your nonhuman animals, Father God! How they suffer in silence is ALWAYS on my heart and my mind but NEVER on my lunch or dinner plate! Did you catch that? ‘Plate’ also rhymes with ‘great.’ LOL! I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and ‘BigWig’ Name of Jesus Christ, and 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 that in every small thing, Love of God Great!, this daily leavened [Jesus Carries!] bread.”)

It’s in the small things your love must be great.

In the big things, yes, pays well to love well.

It’s not great love if you’re large in your hate.

Hate no one, forgive everyone. “Love, dwell.”

It’s when I’m small that great love is so large.

In my meekness, how large is One I serve!

It’s “right-sizing” me so He’s “left” in charge.

To all I love not great, great you deserve!

“It IS in the small things, God’s Love is Great!”

says Jesus. “You won’t find Love in the ‘big.’

The ‘big’ world only means big is your weight

to carry. Let Me carry as ‘BigWig.'”

To rhyme with “great,” so many words to state.

Our choice! In the small things, Love of God Great!

“LOSS”

“Father God, thank You that when we are ‘loss,’ we find You! Whether from ‘the noon to the moon,’ there You are to ‘strength care’ us through Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Admitting that we are powerless is exactly when our ‘loss’ is a stop so Jesus can be our every Start. Nothing can cease the Tender Mercies and Lovingkindness of Jesus when we are our ‘toss.’ When we are at ‘toss,’ help us to never forget Your Words: “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).
It is when we are at ‘loss’ that Jesus is at Increase (Exalted). There’s just no other way for us to soundly handle ‘loss’ than to let Jesus soundly handle all our ‘loss.’ On a more personal note, Father God, help us to know that ‘loss’ is for BOTH humans AND nonhuman animals. Our ‘loss’ we experience as BOTH is for Your Tender Mercies and Lovingkindness (BOTH). And speaking of ‘Tender Mercies and Lovingkindness,” a dear one in my heart and mind has experienced a ‘loss,’ and I pray to You to please allow this dear one and all those in this dear one’s life to receive Your Tender Mercies and Lovingkindness in this ‘loss.’ Help this dear one and all those in this dear one’s life to have Your Peace, Father God
, “which transcends all understanding, that will guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:7). Thank you, Father God, for allowing me to pray this, and I pray this and all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Increased Name of Jesus Christ, and 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 in no matter the stop that is the ‘loss,’ found is Jesus at the Start that is the Increase, this daily leavened [Jesus Never Ceases!] bread.”)

You have already “loss” so much so soon.

But what you have “loss” is what you have found.

You have found God from the noon to the moon.

You might “loss” again but now you are sound.

I have “loss” much, seemingly half my hours.

For the other half, will I have “loss” there?

If I do, how God will comfort me with Powers.

If I’m powerless, how God will “strength care.”

“In this world, you will have ‘loss’ but take to heart,”

says Jesus. “In your ‘loss,’ I will Increase.

‘Loss’ is a stop, but I’m your every Start.

Start trusting ME, for I’m not One to cease.”

What is we “loss” will no doubt be our “toss.”

“Be still, I’m God,” for it’s clear we’re at “loss.”

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AUTUMN SONATA (HÖSTSONATEN)(1978)

Autumn Sonata (1978) - IMDb

(a “do you hate me?” film review by Timothy J. Verret)

I would love to be able to tell you exactly how Ingmar Bergman is able to film (director) and write (screenwriter) what he films and writes, but I would be pretty clueless in whatever I could come up with. I can only say what I think my fellow Enneagram 4 with a 5 wing would want me to say: “Ingmar films and writes the way he does because he’s looking to be honest and thus healed….and so am I!” And the honesty and healing we BOTH are needing can only come about when we seek the “heart and soul” of the matter in our our lifetime (or lifetimes). Although I called this a “do you hate me?” film review, I shudder to think I would ever “hate” Ingmar Bergman. On the contrary! I LOVE INGMAR BERGMAN, because I’m a “better” artist AND human being (BOTH) because of a “better” Ingmar Bergman!

Like many of Ingmar Bergman’s films, AUTUMN SONATA has female characters who dominate the screen, and he couldn’t have directed and written stronger roles for two stronger actresses than mother, Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman) and daughter, Eva (Liv Ullmann). Charlotte is a concert pianist who, like many artists, has put her career above everything and anything else (and everyone and anyone else does include Charlotte’s daughter). Eva has led a life of quiet solitude with her husband and a life of quiet grief because of the drowning death of her son. Charlotte also has another daughter, Helena, who suffers from a debilitating disease that Eva has taken on as Helena’s caretaker. When Charlotte visits Eva during an “autumn sonata,” it’s all resentment and all grief and all unforgiveness from Eva. Charlotte “visits” Eva with the same. This “same” prevents either one of them from honesty and healing. I think the reason there can be no honesty or healing is because Charlotte looks at Eva and delivers a line to her that is the antithesis to honesty and healing: “Eva, do you hate me?” I don’t think there is any line in any language that is more horrible to communicate between a mother and a daughter (or really between anyone and anyone). To think that another we care about so much just might possibly hate us kills everything that is honesty and healing that is “heart and soul” of the matter in any relationship. Does Eva, in fact, hate her mother? She certainly has every right to hate her mother for the decades of despair brought on by her mother’s insane need to accomplish her own acclaim. I want to say that at the film’s end, Eva has forgiven Charlotte as best as she can at any given moment. Eva considers suicide at any given moment because of the deep ache of any given moment that she may not have forgiven her mother enough.

When I tell others how huge of a fan I am of Ingmar Bergman, I often get, “she’s a great actress!” No, Ingmar Bergman (he), NOT Ingrid Bergman (she). But I like that they get this wrong, because I believe Ingmar Bergman embodies beautifully BOTH “he” AND “she.” Bergman’s actresses in interviews have consistently and constantly commented how incredibly (and probably unusually) sensitive and “feminine feeling” is Ingmar Bergman. He brings out the best in his actresses because of exactly this. And he brought out the best in Ingrid Bergman as Charlotte. My word, how brilliant is “she” (and “he”)! I also get from others that Ingmar Bergman is Ingrid Bergman’s father. The truth of the “heart and soul” of the matter is that they are not even related! It was only when Ingmar met Ingrid at a film festival that she handed him a note that said, “Please, let us work together soon.” This is how Ingrid and Ingmar came together finally in their later lifetime and how absolutely essential it is that they did! Liv Ullman, Bergman’s very best actress in his films, matches Ingrid heart-to-soul as Eva. Ingmar actually met Liv when he was walking down a street one day and said to her that she had a great face. Ingmar knew that the camera would love Liv’s face and that her face would tell the whole story with hardly a word spoken. This was certainly the case in Ullmann’s “masterclass in acting” and mute role as Elisabet Vogler in Bergman’s PERSONA (1966). That said, what Ingmar has given Ingrid and Liv is a script that is probing and dissecting and mercilessly BOTH. Mother and daughter “tear” at each other and they rip it all out in the open, probably against their better wishes.

I know I will never in a million lifetimes forget this scene:

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I can tell you that never in a million lifetimes will I forget Eva’s face as Charlotte plays the piano in a way Eva never will be able to play. Charlotte plays from a place of superiority and sternness. Eva can’t play this way because she does not consider herself superior in the least (pun intended) nor stern in the least. This isolated scene could have been all Ingmar needed to film and write for AUTUMN SONATA, because this isolated scene IS this film! It is when we look to another we have so admired and, yes, so loved, to have he or she looking away from us. “Do you hate me?” That’s stunning and that’s shame! Ingmar is so infatuated with the filmed image of one character in profile with another character facing the camera head on. Ingmar does this to give us the image of two characters of one face and, of course, one heart and one soul and, of course, one shame. It’s a shared and shamed face that can never be severed or separated no matter what has transpired or will transpire forever more. In this scene and throughout this film, Ingmar delivers to me the Bible verse that is the epitome of the entirety of this scene and film: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5). This Bible verse, in fact, IS this scene and film and it IS the relationship between Charlotte and Eva who are the “speck and the plank.” What Charlotte “hates” in Eva, she hates in herself. What Eva “hates” in Charlotte, she “hates” in herself. This is, in fact, every single one of us “hating” what we don’t like in another, only to have that same “hating” inside ourselves. No honesty or healing of any heart or soul or shame can take place in this kind of “hate.” That said, this “speck and the plank” works BOTH ways for BOTH Charlotte AND Eva! The mother is the daughter AND the daughter is the mother….BOTH!

I have to say how blessed I am that in this time and space and place that I occupy in this lifetime, Ingmar Bergman has occupied this same time and space and place. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am a “better’ artist AND human being because of Ingmar Bergman’s films and screenwriting (BOTH). And when someone like myself has been able to watch and “worth” each film masterpiece (and there are many) of Ingmar Bergman, I am someone who can “steal” from this master filmmaker and screenwriter to be the ‘better” artist AND human being I desire to be. Two (BOTH) Enneagram 4’s with a 5 wing, like Ingmar and myself, I hope, are just fine with all this “stealing.” “Is it okay, Ingmar, that I ‘steal’ from you to be a ‘better’ artist AND human being?” Ingmar Bergman, because of his film directing and screenwriting, has turned Timothy’s “do you hate me?” into Timothy’s “I love me!” This kind of “never in a million lifetimes” is something that I know will last me throughout all my lifetime (or lifetimes), long after the film credits of my lifetime (or lifetimes) have rolled on and on….and forever more!

CAT (CONSIDERATE AND THOUGHTFUL)!

“Father God, thank You that we are Your CATs (Considerate And Thoughtful)! BOTH! That we are considerate and thoughtful of others is That CAT (Considerate AND Thoughtful), Your Son and our Savior (BOTH), Jesus Christ! Help us to litter them, glitter us. Help us to groom them when they are in disGrace. Help us to allow them ‘catnap’ when they crave retired for they, like us, are charting a tiring (NOT retiring) course inspired. We all need a Mascot like Jesus AND we all are considered Your Masterpiece, because you created each of us to be utterly unique. Each of us are a different ‘meow’ (or ‘moo’) for a different course for a different testimony, all because of Your different Glory AND Grace, Father God, afforded to each of us as Your CATs! On a more personal note, I take to heart how tired (retired) I can become when I am ‘do, do, DO!’ That You, Father God, created me WAS (and IS) all the ‘do, do, DO!’ I need. I’m NOT to ‘do, do, DO!’ so much to earn from You (or others) what WAS (and IS) already ‘be, be, BE!’ It’s Jesus who WAS (and IS) the ‘do, do, DO!” for He considered each of us ‘foughtful.’ And each of us ARE (and IS) indeed enough ‘be, be, BE!’ for ‘My Grace is sufficient for you, for My Power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:9). And speaking of “CATs,” thank You, Father God, for allowing me this tablet ‘mouse’ so I could write this God Sonnet.🐁🖱 I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and CAT! Name of Jesus Christ, and 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 in being God’s CAT! today, this daily leavened [Jesus is CAT!] bread.”)

You consider another more than you.

Your thought is he or she needs more the Grace.

That’s CAT! Their “meow” more than your cow’s “moo.”

Litter them, glitter you. Groom their disGrace.

I consider what they must take to heart.

My thought is he or she must crave retired.

That’s CAT! I allow them “catnap” when “chart.”

They, like me, are charting a course inspired.

“That’s CAT! That you consider and your thought,”

says Jesus. “That it’s Me who grants CATs Peace.

Consider that My CATs need a Mascot.

Thought is, like you, CATs are My Masterpiece.”

That God considered and thought us “foughtful.”

Christ is CAT (Considerate AND Thoughtful)!

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BETTER TO CRAWL THAN TO NOT MOVE AT ALL

“Father God, thank You that it is better to crawl than to not move at all. Many of us are used to the crawl and few of us run with You, never fall. Let me be the one who runs with You, never fall, but for now I do tend to crawl. But You will ALWAYS pick me up, God, from crushed to crawled to crowned! The crawl often enough is the ego’s thud. Help us to ALWAYS remember, Father God, that dull is our ego, Bright is The Credo of Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ. Jesus will ALWAYS deliver us from dull to Bright, for Bright is He who is ‘the same yesterday, today, and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8). Of course, we change, Father God, but Jesus is constant and consistent, never change, never fall, ALWAYS Bright! He is especially Bright when we are crawl. On a more personal note (I thought this prayer was pretty personal already), from dayfall to nightfall, Father God, you are rooting for me. You are watching me crawling constantly and consistently and cheering me on from crushed to crawled to crowned! Even when I can’t feel any of this is true, Your Word says all of it is true. If and when I get that crown, let me share it with others. And I would just love to share that crown with BOTH Your humans AND Your nonhuman animals. This is, after all, the walk (and crawl) and talk of my ‘move at all’ path with my Jesus Christ. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Credo Name of Jesus Christ, and this prayer is answered by my faith and 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 (and crawl) to hope in the ‘move at all’ path with my Jesus Christ, ‘the same yesterday, today, and forever,’ just this daily leavened [Jesus is Bright!] bread.”)

You are inclined to crawl in hours like these.

They say you are to walk but you to crawl.

You are moving, though, even if on knees.

Soon you’ll be running with God, never fall.

I am one to crawl and one to stumble.

They say, “Pick yourself up, you down to ground.”

I say, “No thanks. I wait on God humble.

Pick me up, God, from crushed to crawled to crowned!”

“It is better to crawl than stuck in mud,”

says Jesus. “The mud is the man’s ego.

To be stuck in mud is your ego’s thud;

dull is your ego, Bright is My Credo.”

We will need God from dayfall to nightfall.

Better to crawl than to not move at all.

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WHAT’S ON OUR HEARTS?

“Father God, thank You that where are our hearts are, You are there. In fact, it’s precisely Your Heart through the Heart of Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Savior, that we are ever to love again. Often times, we get to a place of shatter and wonder if we will ever love again. Lady Gaga in the film, A STAR IS BORN (2018), sang at the end of the film the song, ‘I’ll Never Love Again.’ While I weep tears when I listen to this song, I do not believe there is any truth in that, for we MUST love again, ‘none matter what.’ It’s only from Your Love, Father God, that we can love again, not by fits and starts but by constantly loving, even in the shatter. It’s Your Love we make and take when BOTH revere. On a more personal note, ‘none matter what’ my favorite word more than ‘revere.’ Just look at that definition: Regard with feelings of respect; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of; love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess. That word, ‘revere,’ describes You, Father God, to a ‘T,’ and this ‘T,’ as in ‘Timothy,’ would agree! And on an even more personal note, ‘none matter what’ my favorite thing more than raising my voice to speak up for Your nonhuman animals when their hearts are shattered, Father God. When I’m loving them not by fits and starts but constantly, I feel You all up in my heart. I feel this way because to be a nonhuman animal welfare advocate for You, Father God, is how you ‘revere’ me. I’m small revered but You are HUGE Revered! I only get HUGE when I love BOTH humans AND nonhuman animals (this advocacy is me in God’s Element) with God’s Love #1. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Revered Name of Jesus Christ, and 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 in loving ‘none matter what,’ even in the shatter, with God’s Love #1, this daily leavened [Jesus Enters!] bread.”)

What’s on your heart? Is it you’re not sure what?

Of course you know if you’re to live from there.

You can always ask God, “My heart or gut?”

God will reply, “Always My Heart’s Affair.”

What’s on my heart? To love with “none matter.”

“None matter what,” to love them everyone.

Do I miss out where my heart is shatter?

To love again with God’s Love #1.

“I love you when your heart is Enter ME,”

says Jesus. “None like Me to exit fear.

Fear not nor none, for Godly will agree:

God’s Love you make and take when BOTH Revere.”

Our hearts can’t be loving by fits and starts.

God’s Love can constantly. What’s on our hearts?

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NOT WHERE WE ONCE WERE

“Father God, thank You that we are not where we once were. We (yes, including our friendly dog in the picture) have all traveled (not by airfare) light, and it has taken us Light years to get here. It was Light of Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, that brought us here from where we once were. And it was the Joy of Jesus to be with us on this Truth Transfer: Was us, now Jesus in us, now ‘Real McCoy.’ On a more personal note, Father God, thank you for allowing me to use ‘Real McCoy’ in this sonnet to rhyme with ‘joy.’ I did not really know what ‘Real McCoy’ meant but when I looked it up and found it was defined as, ‘the real thing; the genuine article; authentic,’ I knew this was EXACTLY the right choice for this God Sonnet! I thrive immensely and intensely to be ‘the real thing; the genuine article; authentic.’ I hope that I will continue to live EXACTLY this, because it is EXACTLY this that has taken me from where I once were. Help us stay in NOW today, Father God, for Bible verse after Bible verse, like Philippians 3:13-14 and Isaiah 43:18-19, remind us that we are to forget our past (yesterday) and run the race to NOW (today). ‘I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’ I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and ‘Real McCoy’ Name of Jesus Christ, and 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 in not where I was once were but pressing on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus this daily leavened [Jesus IS the ‘Real McCoy!’] bread.”)

Where you once were, you are no longer there.

Have you noticed you no longer withhold?

Hold nothing back from God to anywhere

there’s God who is everywhere you unfold.

Where I once were, I am no longer where

it was just me, alone, no friend in sight.

Where I’ve gone, I took it not by airfare.

I took it by Friend’s Grace. I traveled light.

“Look now to see you’re not where you once were,”

says Jesus. “My, oh my, it was My Joy

to be there with you for the Truth Transfer:

Was you, now Me in you, now ‘Real McCoy!'”

Maybe was yesterday it was a blur.

Today, though, we are not where we once were.

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BETTER BOUNDARIES

“Father God, thank You that we now have better boundaries. Before, our boundaries were NIL! It does not matter us here, them there, for BOTH Spirit on God’s Hilltop. We are less awkward and more assert when we have better boundaries with others. On a more personal note, Father God, there is one who I have the hardest time with ‘better boundaries,’ and that is my therapist, Mark. If anyone were to meet Mark, they would probably see why I have such a hard time with ‘better boundaries’ with him, i.e., he is great faith, great hope, and great love (‘these three remain….and the greatest of these is LOVE’ (1 Corinthians 13:13). It’s hard not to want to soak up what Mark is soaked with. This is a boundary, Father God, that You have worked very hard with me not to have that ‘spill,’ and I thank You for that! Help all of us to ONLY have that ‘spill’ when it comes to Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. ONLY with Him is it perfectly well to ‘spill’ into Him, for He ‘spills’ right back into us. Where the Love of Jesus is concerned, that Love ‘spills’ into the lives of BOTH humans AND nonhuman animals. Jesus does not hold back the ‘Spill’ of His Love for BOTH! BOTH are welcome anytime on God’s Hilltop. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and ‘Spill’ Name of Jesus Christ, and 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 in improving in the better boundaries I have now that were once NIL! this daily leavened [Jesus ‘Spills!’] bread.”)

Where he begins doesn’t mean you at end.

Where he rises doesn’t mean you at drop.

Better boundaries that give you a new trend:

You here, him there, BOTH Spirit, God’s Hilltop.

Where he walks doesn’t mean me at backward.

Where he falls short doesn’t mean me long hurt.

Better boundaries that give me less awkward.

Better boundaries that heal me more assert.

“You’re right, Timothy! Where he, there is ME,”

says Jesus. “Your boundaries before were NIL!

You got better boundaries now ’cause I see

where you were hurting with him and you ‘spill.'”

Having NIL! boundaries is having quandaries.

God will have us having better boundaries.

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“INTERVIEW WITH INTERFAITH INTERVEGANS 1 AND 2”

This is the interview I conducted with Diana Shaffner (see above) who runs GOOD ACRES SANCTUARIES in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The interview was when I (see above) visited the sanctuary and was conducted in person with Diana on April 20, 2021, at 1:30 pm. We discussed “interfaith as intervegans for this interview,” hence the title of this blog post. I know that’s a whole lot of “inter-” to take in all at once, so let me be as brief as possible (not always easy for me) in just saying I, Timothy J. Verret, am INTERVEGAN 1 (questioner) and Diana is INTERVEGAN 2 (answerer):

BEGIN OF INTERVIEW

INTERVEGAN 1: “What is GOOD ACRES SANCTUARIES?”

INTERVEGAN 2:: “It is a farm animal sanctuary and also a sanctuary for people in need. A duo purpose, but it is mainly a farm animal sanctuary. The animals stay here and people can visit. We have programs in place for people in need who struggle with depression and addictions, but mainly it is a farm animal sanctuary.”

INTERVEGAN 1: “Why do we need a farm animal sanctuary?”

INTERVEGAN 2: “There are a number of animals who are in need of a sanctuary. With the very much-growing movement of people becoming more aware of the needs of farm animals, what are most commonly called “food animals,” having a place where you can see and interact with rescued farm animals is important. Having people visit a farm animal sanctuary can also have an emotional impact on them. A commercial operation of a factory farm, where 99% of meat consumed by humans comes from, would never let anyone visit the farm animals. In a farm animal sanctuary, people can visit and even pet the farm animals but on a factory farm, farm animals are not allowed to have any interaction with people. On a farm animal sanctuary, people can visit again and again and the same farm animals are there waiting for them but on a factory farm, the animals are slaughtered and are never seen again.”

INTERVEGAN 1: “On  your website, you have a page called “Compassionate Cooking” (https://goodacres.us/blogs/recipes). Can you tell me more about that?”

INTERVEGAN 2: “If someone makes the choice to cook something like a beef stew or a plant-based stew, compassionate cooking of a plant-based stew can be more creative and fun. Visitors to the farm animal sanctuary have said I should write a compassionate cookbook and if I had the spare time, I think I would. I actually would love to do that. Compassionate cooking is only limited by one’s imagination. It’s actually more rather than less with compassionate cooking.”

INTERVEGAN 1: “Is being vegan a lifestyle?”
INTERVEGAN 2: “I think when people hear the word, ‘vegan,’ they do think about food. Being a vegan is primarily about the food, and eating vegan food does have the biggest impact in our lives. A vegan lifestyle includes practicing compassion and mercy to all animals, but the food is the centerpiece. If a lot of people changed to a “plant-based” lifestyle, they would make a ‘gynormous’ connection to practicing compassion and mercy to all animals.”

INTERVEGAN 1: “Looking over your website, I saw that you said GOOD ACRES SANCTUARIES was a farm animal sanctuary and interfaith ministry. I would love to hear more about that?”

INTERVEGAN 2: “It’s a future project to build a faith gathering of people who are looking for an alternative to a traditional church, where there is usually no compassion toward God’s nonhuman animals preached. There are church barbecues which makes no sense if we are asked in the Bible to show compassion toward God’s nonhuman animals (‘You, Lord, preserve both people and animals’ [Pslam 36:6]). The word, ‘Christian,’ in the churches I attended left a bad taste to me, because I saw hypocrisy everywhere I looked. I don’t want people to feel repelled like I was by the word, ‘Christian,’ because of the hypocrisy everywhere. ‘Interfaith’ for me means having faith in what you have faith in without any pressure applied to you to convert. I stick to the word, ‘Christian,’ now but if someone has a prayer that they want to pray that is part of their belief, I don’t want to tell them not to pray as part of their belief. All are welcome to pray in a spiritual orientation as they see fitting for their faith. ‘Interfaith’ leaves the door open that wouldn’t otherwise be open.

INTERVEGAN 1: “As I call myself a ‘Christian,’ as well, I am glad you said this because I, too, do not see love, compassion and mercy being extended to both humans and nonhuman animals in Christian churches. I wonder where is the disconnect with this?”

INTERVEGAN 2: “I think generally the human condition is to be extremely selfish and eating comfort foods becomes a primal need. Christians are what I call ‘good people,’ very nice and very pleasant, not thieves, but they also are not willing to make sacrifices and ‘go that far’ as far as giving up comfort ‘meat’ foods that taste good. It’s like they are not willing to do the ‘hard Work of Jesus,’ some ‘real Jesus Work,’ because that would mean giving up something that brings them comfort. They look for the ‘easy peasy’ way of being Christians. There is a saying I heard once before that said, ‘People are like water. They always go the path of least resistance.’ That makes total sense to me because we want to be considered ‘good’ but let’s not overdo it! Let’s not go the way of having to sacrifice something that makes us feel good, like meat that makes us feel good because it tastes good. If Jesus was here with us today and He had access to all food and could go into a supermarket or our own houses to eat, the decision of reaching for meat or reaching for something plant-based would undoubtedly be an easy reach for Jesus. Why would Jesus reach for meat that is taking the life of an animal when Jesus could reach for something plant-based that is not taking the life of an animal? Jesus would make an effort; He wouldn’t go ‘the path of least resistance.’

INTERVEGAN 1: “Christianity is about Spirit and not flesh, right? It’s about some discomfort and not always comfort, right?”

INTERVEGAN 2: “Yes. Veganism is about Spirit because it means no suffering of BOTH humans AND nonhuman animals, while eating meat is about flesh which means one’s (human’s) comfort but another’s (nonhuman animal’s) discomfort.

INTERVEGAN 1: “I remember someone telling me that it says in the Bible that Jesus ate fish and lamb, though I consider this implied in the Bible and might or might not have been the truth. We weren’t there to know that truth. I told this someone, though, that if we say that Jesus ate fish and lamb, then we have to play the tape all the way through to say that there is no mention in the Bible that Jesus ate cows, chickens, or pigs.”

INTERVEGAN 2: “When it says in the Bible that Jesus multiplied foods like the fish and bread, it stands to reason that there would be mention of both of these after the fact. However, in all of these kinds of stories, only the bread is ever mentioned being collected after the fact. I don’t know if this means anything substantial, but it’s an interesting ‘vegan food for thought,’ don’t you think? When Jesus talks about the bread as His Flesh and the wine as His Blood, Jesus does NOT take an animal to make the animal’s flesh His Flesh or the animal’s blood His Blood. It was bread that was Jesus’ Flesh and the wine that was Jesus’ Blood. There is a very good book called THE LOST RELIGION OF JESUS by Keith Akers, and this researcher mentions that 400 years after Jesus’ Death, people were lost and confused as to what to do with Jesus’ Teachings. One of the largest groups took Jesus’ Teachings to mean no violence to any of God’s Creatures. Then, the book talks about how churches got into a power struggle and structure wherein no violence to any of God’s Creatures was suppressed. Violence won out over no violence to any of God’s Creatures, and I wonder if this was, as mentioned, just an ‘easy peasy’ decision that took no ‘real, hard Jesus Work?'”

INTERVEGAN 1: “I need to order that book. I think it’s in my Amazon account for ‘save for later.’ Might be better to buy now instead of ‘save for later.’😉I know we can talk about this subject of Christians being vegan or nonvegan all day long, but I want to get back to GOOD ACRES SANCTUARIES. Can anyone visit the sanctuary?”

INTERVEGAN 2: “Yes. With COVID, now it is by appointment for farm tours.”

INTERVEGAN 1: “I noticed while I was sitting in one of the barns during my visit that there was a sign that said, ‘LIFE IS GOOD AT THE SANCTUARY.’ What makes “life good at the sanctuary.”

INTERVEGAN 2: “It means that from the animals’ point-of-view, they would say, ‘life is good at the sanctuary.’ At this sanctuary, animals are valued and cared for as an individual, not as a number in a production line. Of course, everybody has bad days and animals can get sick at the sanctuary and might not say in these moments, ‘life is good at the sanctuary.’ That said, there is always a genuine care for the animals here and there is much room to roam for the animals here. We don’t sell the animals or give them away. We get a lot of calls from those looking for animals to give to our sanctuary, but we don’t always take these animals, because taking these animals would mean more money to take care of them that we don’t really have as a nonprofit organization.”

INTERVEGAN 1: “For those who are unable to go to GOOD ACRES SANCTUARIES like I was so blessed to visit, what could they do to support GOOD ACRES SANCTUARIES?”

INTERVEGAN 2: “We always like for people to become patrons of the sanctuary which is a monthly donation to support and provide care for one animal at our sanctuary (https://goodacres.us/collections/animal-sponsorships). Of course, becoming a patron for more than one animal or really any monetary donations, whether one-time or monthly recurring, are most helpful. People can also follow us at our website (https://goodacres.us/) and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GoodAcresSanctuaries) and share with others what we are doing here at the sanctuary. There is so much work to do at the sanctuary and I fall behind easily, but I always keep it going for the animals. The sanctuary has completely taken over my life, no time to go on vacation or actually have a life outside of what I do here, but I’m okay with that because this IS my purpose. I have gone through phases where I was physically and emotionally exhausted and low moments but, fortunately, they are very rare and I can pray during these phases where I feel I am spiraling downward.”

INTERVEGAN 1: “This makes me think of something I have heard of before called ‘compassion fatigue,’ which I would imagine happens a lot for people such as yourself and other animal welfare advocates like myself when we are just overwhelmed from all the compassion we have for all the many animals who are abused and neglected like the ones who have made it to GOOD ACRES SANCTUARIES?”

INTERVEGAN 2: “It’s like a form of depression you can go into, but I think what is really important in the face of all of this is self-care. If we can’t take care of ourselves, how will we be able to take care of the animals who need us so desperately? There is such horror all around us with so many animals abused and neglected, but we have to keep our minds free from the bombardment of horrible news of animal abuse and neglect. We cannot attend to every animal abuse and neglect. We can become useless if we are just in tears over what is happening and our motivation to help animals can be totally sapped.”

INTERVEGAN 1: “I think that is the MOST excellent advice to give for those who care so much about the abuse and neglect of animals. I know I have encountered exactly what you have just said.”

INTERVEGAN 2: “The tradeoff is not there. Self-care first and then we can help animals second.

INTERVEGAN 1: “I do smell our vegan pot pies we are cooking so, on that note, we are going to go eat. Is that okay? But I do have one more question that I would love to ask you, just one, and that question is: ‘If you could leave just one thought or one piece of advice or instruction about the work you do at GOOD ACRES SANCTUARIES, what would that be?’

INTERVEGAN 2: “I would say every single compassionate act matters, so even if you think there are billions of people on the planet who eat meat at multiple times of the day and what would it matter if you do a compassionate act of not eating animals, it DOES matter! It is hard to see one drop in the ocean, but it’s STILL there! Just the fact that you are actually doing something and not following what the crowd is doing. ‘Oh,’ you might say. ‘My one compassionate act for animals won’t make a difference!’ It makes a difference on MANY levels and has a spiritual impact on one’s mind and well-being.”

INTERVEGAN 1: “I hope you know that when you said, ‘not following what the crowd is doing,’ this suits the Enneagram 4 that I am very, VERY well.”

INTERVEGAN 2: “Yes. One not following what the crowd is doing is that one sheep who can make a HUGE difference to the well-being of ALL sheep, humans AND nonhuman animals!”

INTERVEGAN 1: “Thank you, Diana! Let’s go eat!!!!”

INTERVEGAN 1 AND 2: “LOL!!!!”

END OF INTERVIEW

OR….

EXIT” OF MAN DOMINATING ANIMALS, “INTER” OF INTERFAITH INTERVEGANS?

💙🐾💚🐄💛🐥💜🐖🧡

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SUCH A “R”ELIEF!

“Father God, thank You that we ‘R’ sure of such a ‘R’elief because of ou’R’ such a belief in You! We cannot go it where we go or go it alone, approve or acclaim, because we ‘R’ ONLY proof of why Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, came in the First Place. Far and forever more, it is Fathe’R’ and Savio’R’ and Helpe’R’ (oh my), such a ‘R’elief! And speaking of ‘lions and tigers and bears’ (oh my), nonhuman animal behavior is EXACTLY human behavior! We BOTH behave the same, i.e., ‘action brought by a response to a stimulus.’ We BOTH display 3 behaviors: Innate, learned, and social behavior. We love in action, they love in action. We cower in action, they cower in action. We hope in action, they hope in action. We feel pain in action, they feel pain in action. BOTH in action! Your nonhuman animals, Father God, also need a Fathe’R’ and Savio’R’ and Helpe’R’ (oh my), such a ‘R’elief! We know this is Truth because, Let every living, breathing creature praise God! Hallelujah!’ (Psalm 150:6). To deny nonhuman animals such a ‘R’elief is to deny ourselves this same such a ‘R’elief. Don’t let us seek a solution ‘show’ or hide way our bemoan, Father God, but rather ‘show’ up for Jesus and bemoan if that is exactly what we need to do. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Delivere’R’ Name of Jesus Christ, and this prayer is answered by my faith and my such a belief. Please help me, Father God, where my faith and my such a belief are lacking. Amen.”

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Ve”RR”et; “it’s how I cope to hope in ‘R’ and am I such a ‘R’elief because of my belief this daily leavened [Jesus Behaves!] bread.”)

“R” you sure you want to go where you go?

“R” you sure you want to go it alone?

You “R” one to seek a solution “show.”

“R” you one to hide away your bemoan?

“R” and am I sure I want the approve?

“R” and am I sure I want the acclaim?

I “R” one to try to earn the “improve.”

“R” I not one “prove” of why Jesus came?

“You’re ‘R’ight, Timothy! The ‘R’ where we ‘R,'”

says Jesus. “God is Fathe’R,’ Me Savio’R’

and Delivere’R,’ Spirit Helpe’R.’ Far

and forever more ‘R’ this behavior!'”

We “R” sure for it is sure ou”R” belief.

Fathe”R,” Savio”R,” Helpe”R.” Such a “R”elief!

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