NEVER WASTES ONE HURT

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Father God, thank You that You never waste one hurt. Each one hurt of greatest distaste and disgrace (BOTH), each one of Son, Your Son, our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ. Each one hurt Cure, whether covert or overt, for You bear them all that we endure. Jesus endured each hurt covert and overt (BOTH), for each one hurt brought Him to the Cross for the Atoning Work. His Work then is our Freedom now. “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:51). If Jesus had let each hurt stop Him from his Atoning Work, we would NOT be as Free as we are now. Speaking of “Free” and on a more personal note, do the chickens on a factory farm as seen in this picture look like Free to you? Does not each one hurt of theirs, God never wastes one hurt of theirs, as well? How much it must hurt, each one hurt every day, for their factory farm chickens to live their entire lives in a cage and live with barbed wire beneath their feet! Did Jesus do His Atoning Work for God’s nonhuman animals to hurt as much as they do? This picture is where MEAT comes from. What is the solution for God to never waste one hurt for His nonhuman animals like these factory farm chickens? For all of us to GO VEGAN! “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for MEAT'” (Genesis 1:29). Return to the Garden where it BEGAN VEGAN (https://creationcarechurch.org/began-vegan/) and where it still remains BEGAN VEGAN. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious 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] that God will never waste [bear] each one hurt I have to endure this daily leavened bread.”)

There is not one hurt of yours that is waste.

God never wastes one hurt of yours to heal.

You are hurting now with greatest distaste.

God won’t waste that hurting if hurt you feel.

There is not one hurt of mine that is waste.

God never wastes one hurt of mine to feel.

I am hurting now with greatest disgrace.

God won’t waste that hurting if hurt I kneel.

“My Father never wastes one hurt endure,”

says Jesus. “Our Father will bear each one.

Each one of greatest, each one I AM Cure.

Each one of displease, each one I AM Son.”

Whether one hurt be covert or overt,

each of Son, for God never wastes one hurt.

(picture by photographer, Jo-Anne McArthur, available for free without copyright laws at https://unsplash.com/photos/Dcb2tbcsUXM)

“Miracle ME”

Father God, thank You that we are “Miracle ME.” That we are still here is each of us “miracle me.” We could have been gone quite long ago but….still here. We could have been left overthrow but….still here. We could have been cursed severely but….still here. “How this BE?” Just One who Loves us dearly must BE….Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ! Let us sing forever and ever of His Love Lyrical. “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations” (Psalm 89:1). Speaking of “singing” and on a more personal note, thank You, Father God, for giving me a “Miracle ME” when You created Barbra Streisand. Not to idolize Barbra all that much (I’ve been guilty of doing this very much), Barbra is still here after so many obstacles and setbacks (BOTH), as she sings about in this YouTube video of Stephen Sondheim’s song, “I’m Still Here.” When she sings the lyrical line, “I’ve kept my nose to spite my face,” that really sings to me Lyrical. I considered getting a nose job at one point in the past, but I “kept my nose to spite my face” mainly because Barbra kept her nose. Now, that sounds very much like “Miracle ME” to me! “Good and bad times, I’ve seen them all, but I’m still here!” INDEED this must BE! I invite you to look back a bit (or a lot) and see how many times God has “miracled” you. Count them all as God’s Blessings and count them all as God’s Immense and Intense (BOTH) Love for you….and me! I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Son, Song of Sunsets, 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 will question why I’m still here. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope {BOTH] in the ‘Miracle ME,’ because I’m still here this daily leavened bread.”)

If you’re still here, you are “miracle me.”

You could have been gone so quite long ago.

You must have a God who loves you truly.

If not, God could have left you overthrow.

If I’m still here, I am “miracle me.”

How many times “miracle me” was me!

I must have a God who loves me dearly.

If not, God could have cursed me severely.

“Did you think not ‘miracle me’ with ME?”

asks Jesus. “AM I not your Miracle?

I know you get to asking, ‘How this BE?’

Get to singing of My Love Lyrical.”

We’re still here? Must BE God we sing must BE.

Son, Song of Sunsets, is “Miracle ME.”

WHEN WE TO MEET GOD

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Father God, what will we say and do when we to meet You? Will we even be able to say and do? What we say and do is “that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ IS Lord, to the Glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (BOTH) that Jesus Christ is POWER and certainly NO FABLE! The world is NOTHING but a fallen façade. Jesus Christ? ALL THINGS when we to meet God. Somehow and sincere (BOTH), we will know what to say and do (BOTH) when we meet our God. For them, it’s SOON. For me, it’s SOON. But, once again, as in yesterday’s God Sonnet prayer, “But of THAT DAY and HOUR no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father ONLY(Matthew 24:36). We prepare for THAT DAY and HOUR. I prepare for THAT DAY and HOUR. BOTH! But how? Bow NOW and confess NOW that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, to the Glory of God the Father. We welcome Jesus into our hearts so that our hearts beat with the Heart of Jesus. THEN and NOW (BOTH), we will even be able to say and do (BOTH) ALL THINGS through Jesus Christ who is POWER to strengthen us (Philippians 4:13). On a more personal note, there is no personal note, JUST JESUS! If I do get a little personal, it’s, “Goodbye, NOTHING of fallen façade world and Hello, ALL THINGS of Jesus Christ!” I pray ALL THINGS of THAT in the Wonderful and Precious 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 gripped by a fallen façade world. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] to beat my heart with the Heart of Jesus for THAT DAY and HOUR when I meet my God for SOON but, for NOW, my daily leavened bread.”)

What will you say when you to meet your God?

Will you even be able to somehow?

What will you do when you to meet your God?

For you, it’s SOON, so say and do it NOW!

What will I say when I to meet my God?

Will I even be able to sincere?

What will I do when I to meet my God?

For me, it’s SOON, so say and do it HERE!

“What will they say and do when It’s MY HOUR?”

asks Jesus. “Will they even be able?

Every knee will bow to ME as POWER.

Every tongue will confess, ‘HE’S NO FABLE!'”

The world? NOTHING but a fallen façade.

Jesus Christ? ALL THINGS when we to meet God.

(picture by photographer, Zac Durant, available for free without copyright laws at https://unsplash.com/photos/_6HzPU9Hyfg)

Hand-ME-Ups

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Father God, thank You that we pray with Hand-ME-Ups. Thank You that we are no hand-me-downs if Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ, is our Hand-ME-Ups. When we are passed down from one grief and one hurt (BOTH) to the next one, we have Heaven’s Son and one-to-One (BOTH). While we are down here in low towns with moaning sounds (BOTH), we drink not from the world’s hands holding cups. We drink from HIS Cup as HE Hand-ME-Ups. Thank You that we have His HeartLand to Hand-ME-Ups by His Hand. On a more personal note, here I am again writing about hands. It started off this morning with a text from a friend about praying, wherein I commented that many, including myself, pray ineffectively. I was reminded of: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective when praying is talking to God while meditating is listening to God (BOTH). When we pray with Hand-ME-Ups, I pray we all will be praying to talk to God while meditating to listen to God (BOTH). I also pray that I will be praying to ask God to please help my hands to Hand-ME-Ups for nonhuman animals (see picture) and to listen for God’s Instruction regarding the same (BOTH). If I say I need not pray, for I have no sin and need not confess anything to anyone, then I have no powerful and effective Hand-ME-Ups. But I do have sin and do need to confess everything to everyone, so Hand-ME-Ups! I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious 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 not Hand-ME-Ups. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] in Hand-ME-Ups this daily leavened [Jesus pass Ups!] bread.”)

Your existence is one of hand-me-downs.

You’re passed down from one grief to the next one.

God wants you Hand-me-Ups from the low towns.

You pray with your hands Up to Heaven’s Son.

My creation is one of hand-me-downs.

I’m passed down from one hurt to the next one.

God wants me Hand-me-Ups from moaning sounds.

I pray with my hands Up for one-to-One.

“I promise you that you’re not hand-me-downs,”

says Jesus. “You’re Hand-ME-Ups by My Hand.

You were made to pass Up from your let-downs.

You were made for Hands Up to My HeartLand.”

Please drink not from the world’s hands holding cups.

Please drink from HIS Cup as HE Hand-ME-Ups.

(picture by photographer, nine koepfer, available for free without copyright laws at https://unsplash.com/photos/TOOMkzCFymU)

FLY AWAY HOME (1995)

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(“a little child shall lead them” [Isaiah 11:6] film review by Timothy J. Verret)

I absolutely love this film! Why? Because it’s Biblically applicable to “a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6). It’s the story of a “little child” (Amy) who leads south the abandoned geese she finds and takes care of, because they cannot migrate any other way than Amy’s way (and God’s Way).

Before Amy comes to be “a little child shall lead them,” her mother dies in a car accident. Amy is forced to go live with her estranged father who is an inventor of all things (not ironic, in my opinion, that Jesus is also an inventor [carpenter] of all things). The adjustment of Amy to this new situation comes with many toils and troubles (BOTH), particularly learning to love the father who abandoned her and her mother. Maybe it is exactly this abandonment that leads Amy to the estranged geese who need a mother (and a father). When geese are born, they follow whoever it is that they first see when hatched. This stage of their development is called “imprinting.” No matter where Amy goes, the geese are sure to follow….and they do! That is until it’s time for the geese to head south for migratory purposes. But how are the geese to fly south when their mother, Amy, cannot fly? That’s where Amy’s estranged father comes in. The inventor of all things invents for Amy a “flight bird” machine that she will fly many distances for the geese to “fly away home.” And this invention actually allows a reinvention of the relationship between Amy and her estranged father to also fly, i.e., to “fly home” as a reinvented family.

I kid you not that the cinematography of this film is absolutely gorgeous! It was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar), no big surprise there. And it isn’t just the surroundings and the “fly away home” that are gorgeous. It is also the hatching of the geese and their imprinting with Amy that is truly stellar. The camerawork brings the audience to an imprinting as well, as we follow the family of Amy and her geese (BOTH) wherever they go. It makes us feel like we part of their family, too. The film is so lovely and so simple in its exploration of what it means to care for someone (BOTH humans and nonhuman animals) and to be selflessly inclined to follow a course to the very end in that act of selflessness. Amy is “a little child shall lead them,” as only she can lead her geese home. Amy’s selfless act reminds all of us about being “a little child shall lead them” when it comes to “the least of these” who need to fly (or walk or crawl or whatever) away (or to) Home.

Anna Paquin is a true marvel as Amy. Paquin stunned an audience and a world when she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for THE PIANO (1993) at only 11 years old! Here in this film at only 13 years old, Paquin is the epitome of that childlike innocence that reaches out to those motherless (and fatherless). Even Amy herself is fatherless when it comes to her estranged father. But, once again, because of her selfless act in leading her geese to fly away home, she flies forward to build a closer relationship with her estranged father. It’s very much like a “fly it forward,” in that Amy “flies it forward” to her geese and, in the process, is “flown forward” to build a new love with her estranged father. Jeff Daniels plays Amy’s father and Dana Delaney (a personal favorite actress of mine since the TV series, CHINA BEACH), plays Daniels’ love interest.

The trip south with Amy and her geese leaves us breathless. The journey by camerawork (cinematography, once again) is breathless. Many in the film cheer Amy and her geese on, and so do we! What is really breathless, though, is the final arrival south of Amy and her geese. Coupled with the music and song, “10,000 Miles” by Mary Chapin Carpenter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8M8lssnf44), the final moments of the film brought many tears to my eyes and many breaths held in my lungs. “My goodness, God” I thought to myself at the end of this film. “If a ‘little child’ like Amy can be selfless and lead home 10,000 miles those who are alone and ‘the least of these,’ what excuse could I ever give not to do the very same.”

FLY AWAY HOME is a film for BOTH children and adults. It leaves BOTH with the hopeful and uplifting message that “a little child shall lead them,” and Amy selflessly does this with her geese. And, to “Fly Away Home” this message from the film, what excuse could we ever give not to selflessly be “a little shall lead them” (BOTH humans and nonhuman animals) Home, even 10,000 miles, ourselves?

a corrected heart

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Father God, thank You that we grow with A Corrected Heart, The Heart of Jesus Christ, whose Heart needs no correction. This God Sonnet was inspired by a daily devotional line: “Correct anything in my heart that is not right so that it will not be reflected in my speech.” It also was inspired by the Bible Verse: “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man (Matthew 15:11). If I’m to understand BOTH of these by way of “A Corrected Heart,” “not what goes into the heart defiles a man; but what comes out of the heart, this defiles a man.” It starts in the heart, and only by way of The Heart of Jesus Christ can we have a Fresh Start. Our hearts are deadline if we expect to correct our hearts ourselves. The world would want nothing more than to have us flow (defile) what goes into our heart and mouth (BOTH) and what comes out of our heart and mouth (BOTH). The Heart of Jesus Christ is no flow (no defile), only grow in LOVE. “Teacher, which is the Great Commandment in the Law.” Jesus said to him, ‘You shall LOVE your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the First and Great Commandment. And the Second is like it. You shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself. On these Two Commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:36-40). There is no Law and there are no Prophets (BOTH) if LOVE be the First and Second (BOTH) of the Great Commandment. Why? Because the First and Second (BOTH) Commandment is to take The Heart of Jesus Christ to LOVE God, ourselves and others (in that order). We gonna have no chance if we expect to correct our hearts ourselves. We gonna have all chances if we accept A Corrected Heart from the Heart of Jesus Christ that needs no correction. LOVE 24 HOURS, as the picture informs us. On a more personal note, I would LOVE to claim that I LOVE God, myself and others by way of my heart, but the truth is I can’t LOVE God, myself and others if LOVE be not by way of the Heart of Jesus Christ. I would LOVE to LOVE my way, but I can only LOVE by way of His Heart. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious 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 by way of my own heart. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] in A Corrected Heart, the Heart of Jesus Christ that needs no correction, this daily leavened bread.”)

You need a corrected heart, one so soft.

You need a corrected heart, one so strong.

God Corrects your heart to His Choir Loft.

God Corrects your heart in His Sing Along.

I need a corrected heart, one so light.

I need a corrected heart, one so strength.

God Corrects my heart to His Hope’s Delight.

God Corrects my heart in His Love’s Wavelength.

“Need A Corrected Heart? You can take MINE,”

says Jesus. “In fact, please, you take My Heart.

Your heart can’t correct itself; it’s deadline.

My Heart needs no correction; It’s Fresh Start.”

Are we gonna flow with the world’s flow chart?

Are we gonna grow with A Corrected Heart?

(picture by Wyron A, available for free without copyright laws at https://unsplash.com/photos/n2PMAQxi-GM)

GOD GUARDS OUR GRIPES

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Father God, thank You that You guard our gripes. This God Sonnet was inspired by this Bible Verse: “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction” (Proverbs 13:3). It’s true! When we open wide our lips to gripe, our peace is destroyed. When we let God guard our every gripe, our life is preserved. Only You have ALL POWERS to guard our gripes. Only Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ, is I, ME, whose Hype is High. This being the case, how down and drag (BOTH) are our words. The Hype is Your Word; the down and drag (BOTH) are our words. Your Hype is High and does not gag. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His Stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Why all our gripes when Jesus Paid it ALL by His Stripes? On a more personal note, I’ve been very guilty of griping. I still can be very guilty of griping. But check this out! “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27). I think we can easily substitute God’s Word, “worrying,” for our words, “complaining” and “griping.” And for the word, “hours,” in this Bible Verse, no wonder I wrote “hours” for the stanza I addressed to me in this God Sonnet. I often write the word, “hours,” because my #2 favorite film of all time is THE HOURS (2002). Father God, let me stop worrying, complaining, and griping. Let every single hour of my life be spent speaking Your High Hype to speak words of love, compassion and mercy to BOTH humans and especially nonhuman animals, as this is Your Calling (not complaining) on my little, decreased life. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Hype 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 instead griping. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] in God guarding my every need to gripe [to increase] this daily leavened bread.”)

What can your gripe add anything to life?

What can your gripe do but steal away peace?

God Guards your gripe for safety’s sake of strife.

God Guards your gripe for your gripe to decrease.

What can my gripe add anything to hours?

What can my gripe do but destroy my peace?

God Guards my gripe for He has ALL POWERS.

God Guards my gripe for my need to increase.

“It is I, ME, who Guards your every gripe,”

says Jesus. “What can your gripe do but gag?

You gag on words spoken not of My Hype.

My Hype is High, so your words down and drag.”

When it comes to our gripes, not Jesus Stripes.

Speak as Jesus Spoke, as God Guards our gripes.

(picture by photographer, Omar Prestwich, available for free without copyright laws at https://unsplash.com/photos/MOn9zieNhvw)

This Name of JESUS….THUS “PEACE”US

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Father God, thank You that no other name Up for discuss than This Name of Jesus Christ. Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus, is all the “Peace”us we will ever need. I was inspired to write this God Sonnet by this Bible Verse: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us(Matthew 1:23). We can’t please or trust (BOTH) their names Indwell and Fully (BOTH). It is only Immanuel, “God with us,” “Peace”us, that we please and trust (BOTH) Indwell and Fully (BOTH). If it’s only their names, chaos thus. If it’s only This Name of Jesus, Peace we’ve received. On a more personal note, I was also inspired to write this God Sonnet because I’m all over this sonnet. I seek the names of others to please and trust (BOTH). I wouldn’t be much of a codependent if I didn’t. But I am a recovering codependent, and I am recovering from pleasing and trusting (BOTH) other names to only pleasing and trusting (BOTH) This Name, Immanuel, “Peace”us. It’s a VERY painful recovering but it’s a VERY necessary recovering. You might be able to relate to any or all (BOTH) of this, maybe? If you be, “Peace”us. If you be not, “Peace”us. BOTH! As a recovering codependent, I cannot take on “your stuff.” I can only take on “my stuff,” and thus “my stuff” is only This Name of Jesus’ Stuff. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and ‘Peace”us Name of Jesus Christ, the only Name above every other name, including my name and your name. This prayer is answered by my faith and my belief. Please help me, Father God, where my faith and my belief are not “Peace”us. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] in ‘Christ is in me’ this and thus [BOTH] daily leavened bread.”)

Only with Jesus, can you have ‘Peace”us,

only you’ve been renamed “Immanuel.”

Only with this new name, you can’t please us.

Only with Jesus, you please God Indwell.

Only with Jesus, can I have “Peace”us,

only I’ve been renamed “Christ is in me.”

Only with this new name, I can’t trust us.

Only with Jesus, I trust God Fully.

“Only with ME can they all have ‘Peace’us,”

says Jesus. “I AM Every Name they need.

They seek the names of others, chaos thus.

They seek This Name, My Name, thus Peace received.

Not one name but This Name Up for discuss.

If we got Jesus, thus we got “Peace”us.

(picture by photographer, Mark Fletcher-Brown, available for free without copyright laws at https://unsplash.com/photos/FbYccpZ5NAA)

UNBROKEN BODY

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Father God, thank You that through Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ, we can have an UnBroken Body. This God Sonnet was inspired by the Bible Verse: “For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not One of His Bones shall be Broken” (John 19:36). We have broken bones and bodies (BOTH) from “bad breaks” that the world has done to make us ache. From daybreak to nightfall (BOTH), we are being broken beneath. But we Look Up to Jesus on The S”Take” (The Cross) and see that He “Takes” it all for us. How? On The Oak, the world could not Break One Bone in His Body! We are now UnBroken after all. On a more personal note, help me, Father God, while I am underneath to Look Up to Jesus. The world is trying to break (“take”) all my bones, make me ache, but not one bone of my body shall be broken (“taken”). Why? Because I “take” Jesus Christ and seek to emBody His Body of not One Bone shall be Broken on The Oak. And on an even more personal note, please heal my little friend in the picture, Father God, who seems to have every bone in his or her body broken. I call upon the Healing of Broken Bones Name of Jesus Christ to heal every broken bone in the body of my little friend in the picture. Help me also, Father God, to call upon (“take”) the Healing of Broken Bones Name of Jesus Christ to heal every broken bone in the body of my little friends who are Your nonhuman animals. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and, yes, the Healing of Broken Bones Name of Jesus Christ, the Name above every other name. This prayer is answered by my faith and my belief. Please help me, Father God, where my faith and my belief (and my bones in my body) are trying to be broken by the world. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] that the world will not break one bone in my body [UnBroken] this daily leavened bread.”)

You have a broken body from “bad break.”

You have a broken body while beneath.

None of His Bones were Broken on The S”Take.”

His “Take” is your unbroken underneath.

I have a broken body at daybreak.

I have a broken body at nightfall.

None of His Bones were Broken on The S”Take.”

His “Take” is my unbroken after all.

“Not One Bone of My Body could they Break,”

says Jesus. “My UnBroken for your ‘broke.’

The world will try to ‘take’ you, make you ache.

I AM UnBroken! Meet ME on The Oak.”

It’s Jesus Who we seek to emBody.

He “Takes” it all. How? UnBroken Body.

(picture by photographer, Trym Nilsen, available for free without copyright laws at https://unsplash.com/photos/eXV-LsWfCOo)

THE HUMBLE DON’T GRUMBLE

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Father God, thank You that the humble don’t grumble. Today’s God Sonnet was inspired by this Bible Verse: “Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is Standing at the Door” (James 5:9). The sonnet was also inspired by this Bible Verse: “If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone(Romans 12:18). I’ve always been challenged by the latter Bible Verse because I’m afraid if it depends on my part to live at peace with everyone, I might not be able to accomplish this. But that’s where Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ, comes in. ONLY through Jesus Christ is it possible on my part to live at PEACE with everyone. I sometimes hold and love (BOTH) a complaint, a begrudge, a quarrel, a nudge, a bickering, just as much as the next guy. Why? Because I think I know what I’m talking about, when the truth is I often and hardly (BOTH) know what I’m talking about. I need You, Father God, to do my talking for me. Otherwise, yes, I will stumble. Thank You that I can flee a bickering, that I can hold PEACE and let them stumble. The world wants us rough-and-tumble. Why? Because the world wants us in fear so that we will hold and love (BOTH) a complaint, a begrudge, a quarrel, a nudge, a bickering. Jesus, on the Other Hand, wants us humble so we won’t grumble. Why? Because Jesus wants us at PEACE with everyone. On a more personal note, I’m hoping and praying (BOTH) that my polar bear friends in the picture will come to live at PEACE with each other through Jesus. I’m not sure what they are arguing about, but it may be that their ice is melting because of climate change and they’re taking it out on each other. They might even be arguing that humans, given dominion (NOT domination), have taken it upon themselves to destroy Creation, Your Creation that You, Father God, so Lovingly Created for us to live at PEACE with all, BOTH humans and nonhuman animals. I hope and pray (BOTH) we will come to live at PEACE with each other, BOTH humans and nonhuman animals, through the PEACE of Jesus Christ. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and PEACE 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 melting like the ice my polar friends so desperately need. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] that the humble includes me so I don’t grumble this daily leavened bread.”)

When you grumble, Behold, One Stands to Judge.

When you hold a complaint, Behold, One Grips.

The humble don’t grumble, don’t hold begrudge.

Grip God so you grumble not from your lips.

When I grumble, Beloved, One Stands to Judge.

When I love a quarrel, Beloved, One Groans.

The humble don’t grumble, don’t love a nudge.

Groan God so I grumble not grievance tones.

“At PEACE with all, as IT depends on ME,”

says Jesus. “The humble, they don’t grumble.

When they want to love bickering, you flee.

When you want to hold PEACE, they will stumble.”

The world tells us to be “rough-and-tumble.”

Jesus tells us the humble don’t grumble.

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