The Gift Wrap and The Jewel

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Russell Brooks

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The Gift Wrap & The Jewel

“I looked in the mirror

and what did I see

but a little old lady

peering back at me

with bags and sags and wrinkles

and wispy white hair

and I asked my reflection,

‘How did you get there?’

You once were straight and vigorous

and now you’re stooped and weak,

when I tried so hard to keep you

from becoming an antique

My reflection’s eyes twinkled as she solemnly replied,

‘You’re looking at the gift wrap

and not the jewel inside.’

A living gem and precious

of unimagined worth

unique and true, the real you,

the only you on earth

The years that spoil your gift-wrap

with other things more cruel,

should purify and strengthen

and polish up that jewel

So focus your attention

on the inside, not the out

On being kinder, wiser, more content

and more devout

Then, when your gift-wrap’s stripped away

your jewel will be set free,

to radiate God’s glory

throughout eternity”

--Wanda B. Goines


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