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Wiser, Yet Younger
by Joyce Poet
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Wiser, Yet Younger

Thumbing through old poetry,
reflections of a younger me,
I was shocked by what I found there
and what she’d hoped to someday be.

Some were laden with sadness,
grief I can scarcely remember.
Bitter tears like a fountain flowed
from the ink her old pen rendered.

Some were laden with fury.
Yet, in her fury’s monstrous face,
she threw stones to kill that giant.
Forgiveness she longed to embrace.

Excuse me for a moment
while I speak to that youthful me.
She’d be shocked by what she’d find here,
if she knew who she’d someday be.

Young lady, you did real good.
You’d be proud of who you’ve become.
You could never have dreamt how far
you would take Jesus’ hand and run.

When you laid down the old man
and took upon yourself the new,
you became me, finally free,
and developed a brand new view.

I would not erase your lines,
though they’re not all pretty and neat.
They just go to show how you’ve grown
and how many giants you’ve beat.

You’ve come a long way, Baby,
yet, you are still not done growing.
You take God’s Words one at a time
and thank Him for the knowing.

Someday I’ll look back and smile
at the woman I am today.
I wonder what she’ll think of me
and ink that still won’t bleed gray.

It’s just what you were born with --
colorful expressions in ink.
You’d be proud of myself, you would,
and the brand new ways you think.

What would you say if you knew
you got your wish from way back then?
You’re wiser than you were and yet,
younger than you’ve ever been.

You’re dancing a happy dance
and you're singing a joyful praise.
You didn’t get all you’d hoped for
but you’d love this brand new phase:

Basking here in God’s mercy
and covered in His wings of grace,
your countenance is not the same.
Shocking what Love can erase.
© Joyce Pool (expressively written for ME! :::smile:::)

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Note: Every time I see Philippians 4:8, I can't help but think the same thing: There are a great many things in this world that are "true," like the love of friends, babies' laughter, cool water, and Mother's embrace. But there is only one Truth. Many things are "honest," like refusing to keep the money when the clerk messes up and gives you too much change or the boldness to correct another for the good of their own soul. But the Word says that every man is a liar. That means the Word is the only thing completely honest. Many things are "just" in this world, but I've seen enough injustice that I probably don't need to think on it too often. Good thing love always prevails over judgment. God, The Judge, is the only true source of justice. There are few "pure" things in this world, but when I try, I can find a few. Jesus... He's still the purest thing I've ever known. Many things are lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. But is there ANYTHING whatsoever that compares to the loveliness, the goodness, the virtousness, the praiseworthiness of Jesus? I think not!

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Barbara Thompson Young 18 Sep 2007
Oh my, oh my!
Thomas Kittrell 17 Jun 2007
I think this is a wonderful reflection on your past that can only serve to show how far you have come, like the rest of us. God bless you. I love you, my sister-in-Christ.

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Christian Coutts 15 Jun 2007
Awesome, sister, as usual.
Peggy Yengling 15 Jun 2007
OH, YES, you have come so far and are a shining example to all of us! I love what you wrote here: "You could never have dreamt how far you would take Jesus’ hand and run." What an inspiring image!!!!! And, you did it! Yes, Treava, 'love' - GOD'S LOVE - can erase anything! I feel that it is the lessons we learn from our mistakes and tough times that teach us the most - they are like fuel for our growth. You surely have learned much, for you are growing and GLOWING so beautiflly! Love, Peg
Mitzi Busby 14 Jun 2007
You've come a long way, baby and you've brought others along out of their pits to bask in God's glory. Thanks for the hand up. Hugs.
Sherry Castelluccio  14 Jun 2007
I am proud of you too. You have come a long way and I know the Lord is just basking in your presence as well. You are a truly a treasure.
Julia May 14 Jun 2007
This was truly a blessing to read. I loved it and it made me smile at the times I pulled out old writings from many years ago, before Jesus. Thank God we have Him now! In Christ's Love, Julia
Sharon McClean 14 Jun 2007
Yes Joyce, bless your heart you have come a very long ways, and we are so proud to get to know you. Luv you, Sharon


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