“The Gift-Wrap and The Jewel”

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I saw this recently and wanted to share with you all. Wanda Goines is the 92-year-old woman in this video. She wrote this poem entitled “The Gift-Wrap and The Jewel”, in which she shared her thoughts on aging and what’s important in life. This is wisdom that we can all learn from.

“The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel” by Wanda B. Goines

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

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name. ‘They shall be mine,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘On the day that I make them My jewels’.” Malachi 3:16-17

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