Of all the jewels and gems the Lord’s earth yields

these are the finest, known before creation.

We’re blessed by our charge with their formation,

for unlike the grass and flowers of the fields

that bloom and wither, these stones will transcend

the hands that cultivate them. Love will hew

them with their characters and habits through

patient admonition, guidance to ascend

the desires for temporal renown.

Gently chiseled, they’ll reflect Truth’s clarity;

softly polished, show Goodness’ purity,

and so be placed in an everlasting crown.

Written for the 2018-19 Net Gen Homeschool CoOp yearbook