JJ’s Gems focuses on gemstones. While gems aren’t a basic learning staple for children like the previous colors, numbers, directions, and letters, I had to go with them since the name “Jemma” brings it to mind. This set of poems attempts to cover the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5-7. Each gem covers one or two sections of the sermon, sometimes very closely, and sometimes more broadly. The poems are ordered in a manner which follows Matthew 5-7. References to what I envision each poem to represent are placed in the footnotes. I wanted to focus on the Sermon on the Mount because it has been extremely influential to me over the past three years, as I have begun to take Jesus’s words more seriously.
Jesus’s words in Matthew 5-7 are very hard, as he guides believers to understand what Kingdom living looks like. I hope that through these poems I can internalize Christ’s words more, and I can expound on what Jesus is saying in his sermon – not in a sense of adding to his sermon, but consolidating other ideas from scripture with it. While there are a number of individual poems and sets of poems I like a lot better than these in terms of how they sound, I have to say that JJ’s Gems is by far the deepest, and is jam packed with double and triple entendres, allusions, etc. For this reason, I highly recommend reading the footnotes for these poems.
As far as deeper significance goes, I have also structured this set of poems to number 12. I did this because there are two important sets of gems in the Bible, one set contained on the priest’s breastplate, and one constituting the foundations of the New Jerusalem – the redeemed holy city on earth. Both sets contain a different set of gems, with some overlapping, and both sets contain 12 precious gems. While I did not go with either set of gems, as they differ and there is overlap now that we have more thorough classifications, nevertheless, the number refers to these biblical ideas.
You can find Jemma's poems below, as well as the whole compilation for all my children. You can also get this on Kindle if you'd like. I make it free as often as I can.