Mother’s Photo Album

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Photo Album

Mother pulls her photo album
From the bookshelf by the wall.
She views those dear ones,
Her whole family, all.

She sees her son, then three,
Riding his little car,
Now a lawyer,
Having just passed the bar.

Her daughter is shown,
From college graduated.
She’s working as a nurse,
One who’s highly rated.

There’s Dad in his suit
And Mother right there.
Arm in arm just before church,
What a cool pair!

Mother rubs these photos,
As if alive, seeing the children grow.
She’s glad she spent time with them
Though always on the go.

Time has gone so fast,
Memories flow like a river,
But God has taken care.
Her eyes, tears deliver.

Then, the doorbell rings,
As son and daughter stand,
“Happy Mother’s Day,” they say.
Another visit, oh so grand!

— Charles B. Mayes

Mother’s Photo Album © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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It’s fun to go back and look at old photos.  Sometimes we have so many that it is hard to organize them.  Seeing our family as they used to be is good in seeing how God has helped us.  But it’s best to look forward in faith to how God will guard us and bless us in the future.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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I See Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

 

I See Jesus

Matthew 25:31-46

I see Jesus
Loving those in need,
By way of His selfless servants,
Helping with kind deeds.

Who make sandwiches, providing showers,
Supporting the homeless,
Through those long hard hours.

Who give hope because of Him,
Visiting prisoners,
In their situation, grim.

Who, to a grieving family, sadness quell,
Serving dinner,
Though they themselves not well.

Who drill for water to burst,
Going to a third world country,
Relieving  persons’ thirst.

Who talk about a relation,
Preaching on sidewalks,
Telling of salvation.

I see Jesus
Loving those in need,
By way of His selfless servants,
Helping with kind deeds.

   — Charles B. Mayes

I See Jesus © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ” –
Matthew 25:40  (Holy Bible – NIV)

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Walking on the Emmaus Road

When I was growing up, we had a beautiful picture hanging in our home called “The Road to Emmaus.”  As I grew older, I loved to look at that picture and imagine what it would like to be on that Road joining the men and Jesus.  What a wonderful experience that would be and is!

Walking on the Emmaus Road
(Luke 24:13-35)

I yearn to walk on the Emmaus Road
Again this Easter time.
I want to be with the two;
and Jesus – so sublime.

To first hear the Master’s voice,
So calming and so clear,
To tell Him all of our concerns,
To tell Him all our fears.

As we walk He tells us more:
(Revealed today in the Bible pages)
Of His great and wondrous plan,
Throughout all the countless ages.

Then the setting sun,
As we get almost there,
“Stay with us,” we say
To Jesus so wonderful and fair.

He tells us “yes.”
And then at the table we recline,
To eat some bread
Which was by His design.

Then our eyes are opened
To Who He really is –
Our marvelous Savior
Who has mightily ris’n.

He disappears and then we talk,
Of how our hearts did burn,
Within us while we walked along,
At each and every turn.

I yearn to walk on the Emmaus Road
Again this Easter time – praise give!
Because only on that Road
Will I grow, and will I live.

—-  Charles B. Mayes

Walking on the Emmaus Road  © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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I prayerfully hope that you followers of this blog, and you others finding it, will be able to travel on the Road from despair; to learning about Jesus; to seeing the resurrected Jesus; to accepting Him as Rescuer and Leader of your life.

“He is Risen.  He is Risen Indeed.”  Happy Easter!

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Children Discover Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children Discover Spring

Chorus:

Thank You for the Springtime.
Thank You for the flowers.
Thank you for the birds
Singing through the hours.

Verse 1:

We love You and praise You.
In Your Word we trust.
Receiving Your great blessings.
You love us so much.

Chorus

Verse 2:

Now when we are fearful
We look up and pray.
You hold our hand beside You
And brighten up our day.

Chorus

Verse 3:

You are with us, Father,
From now through the end,
To comfort and help us.
You are our best friend!

Chorus:

Thank You for the Springtime.
Thank You for the flowers.
Thank you for the birds
Singing through the hours.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Discover Spring © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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My Rescue

My Rescue

Psalm 107:17-22

 

The Rebellion

I was a fool
Rebelling against God
Going my own way.
Away from Him I trod.

The Suffering

The suffering was awful.
There was no hope.
Hating life itself,
I couldn’t cope.

The Cry

Crying out to God,
“Oh, hear me now.
I’m sorry for my sin.
To You I bow.”

The Rescue

He rescued me
Out of my distress.
He lifted me up
From all the mess.

The Word

His Word He sent
Speaking to me.
Touching my heart.
Setting me free.

The Healing

I was healed –
Mind and soul,
Physically and spiritually.
He’s in control.

The Thanksgiving

Thanking Him always.
Changed inside.
Forever more
With Him I abide.

The Telling

I tell others
What He did.
Singing for joy,
My sins He rid.

— Charles B. Mayes

My Rescue © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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April Fools’ Day

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April Fools’ Day

Today is April Fools’ Day.
It’s a lot of fun
Until the shoe is on the other foot.
Then it’s really bummed.

Speaking of shoes,
There’s always, “Your shoe’s untied.”
Or “There’s a spider behind you!”
Let’s run away and hide.

From rubber snakes to
The arrow “through” the head,
Jokes from morning
Until time to go to bed.

Even at the office,
Giving out bogus pink slips
Isn’t so funny when the perpetrator
Gets from his boss, lip.

And on the Internet,
You’d think we’d get a rest.
Tricked by our own browser,
But only meant in jest.

Good measured pranks are OK.
But ordering pizzas to a friend’s door
Or setting cell phones to ring at 3 am
May boomerang, ruining esprit de corps.

Today is April Fools’ Day.
It’s a lot of fun
Until the shoe is on the other foot
Then it’s really bummed.

— Charles B. Mayes

April Fools’ Day © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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It’s great to have some good measured fun on April 1st – April Fools’ Day.  So, reader, your shoe is untied and there is a spider behind you . . . !

Happy April Fools’ Day !

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Discovering the Mountain

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Discovering the Mountain

You’re in the valley
And yes, you know it.
You’re living a life
That really shows it.

You sense a darkness
All around, below.
You feel it cutting
Into your soul.

Then someone guides you,
“Stop, Look Above.”
You discover the mountain
Of His great love.

You are so happy
Now that you see
The blessed mountain
Of Calvary.

You sing a new song
Of victory.
You’ll climb that mountain
That sets you free.

Now you’ll tell – one,
Two, three, or more
About that mountain,
To help them soar.

You’re on the mountain
And yes, you know it.
You’re living a life
That really shows it.

— Charles B. Mayes

Discovering the Mountain © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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I live in a valley, but many times I am not really aware of it because I don’t think about looking up to see the mountains around me. When we are in the valley of life, we need to look at the Christ of Calvary – our only help.  Then we need to tell others about the mountain so that they may be set free also.

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Can Someone Claim You as a Dependent?

Can Someone Claim You as a Dependent?

Luke 10:40 – 42

Can Someone claim you as a dependent,
As you go along life’s way,
Not for Income Tax purposes,
Nor part of a year, but for every day?

Do others see your dependence
On our God of love
For everything needed –
Your very life given from above?

What about food and clothes
And even transportation,
Family and job,
Not to mention salvation?

Think that you provide it all
Just because you bought it,
From housing to entertainment?
Look at your life and audit.

Knowing from where all things come,
Do you trust as a dependent
In our Lord Jesus Christ
Who is transcendent?

Can Someone claim you as a dependent,
As you go along life’s way,
Not for Income Tax purposes,
But for eternal treasures laid away?

— Charles B. Mayes

Can Someone Claim You as a Dependent? © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

I prayerfully hope that God can claim you as a dependent.  We can only get through life by depending on Him.  How can anyone live without Him?  “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”  [Holy Bible – John 6:68b – 69]

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Mother and George Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother and George Washington

The Father of our Country’s
Birthday is today.
It’s memorable,
But not in only one way.

Because, you see, our dear Mother
Was born on this day, too.
She remains such a blessing
For me and also you.

With ice cream (a la mode)
As we eat our cherry pie,
We’ll remember George and Mother
We cannot tell a lie.

So, we see that we are double blessed,
In 1918 Mother, and George 1732.
Both meaning so much to all of us,
Born on February Twenty-Two.

– Charles B. Mayes

Mother and George Washington © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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There Is A Bridge

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Suspended over unfathomed depths,
There is a bridge, not very wide,
But people decide to traverse it daily,
Eyes drawn to the other side.

Some won’t travel this lean span,
But choose a different wider way,
“Plenty of room and safety
To get me across,” they say.

While others know that
This is the only way to go,
Across this stained wood,
Safely from the abyss below.

Of wood and nails,
This bridge was cheaply made,
But with toil and love
A big price once was paid.

You see this Bridge spans
The gap between mankind and God,
And has supported people
Who, one way, from past to now, have trod.

Salvation comes by the Bridge,
Laid down by Christ before,
As He gave His life on the Cross,
So many could cross o’er.

                                                                           — Charles B. Mayes

There Is A Bridge © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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I Can Hardly Take It In

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I Can Hardly Take It In

The love of God –
I can hardly take it in
What Jesus did
To take away my sin.

Love so pure and free
That touches my inner soul
So powerful to forgive my sin
And make me whole.

God sent His son
He gave up His glory
To come to earth
To live the Story.

This agape love –
A suffering servant
Looking not to Himself
Lifting my verdict.

The love of God –
I can hardly take it in.
What Jesus did
To take away my sin.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Can Hardly Take It In © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Is Your Day Preprayed?

 

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Is Your Day Preprayed?

Have you talked to the Lord?
Early in the morning or late the night before.
Have you an agreement made?
Is your day preprayed?

Thanking Him for what He’s going to do
In your life and for others –
Blessings through and through.

Asking for loved ones home and far away,
That they’ll have clear paths,
Daily joy during their earthly stay.

Planning with Him each part of the day,
His Holy Spirit to lead,
Step-by-step in His way.

Being guided to opportunities for Him,
So He may grace bestow
To persons whose eyes have been opened to sin.

Serving others when the time is right.
Demonstrating to others
What is Christ-like.

You have talked to the Lord
Early in the morning or late the night before.
With Him an agreement you’ve made.
Your day is now preprayed.

— Charles B. Mayes

Is Your Day Preprayed? © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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He’s Already Taken Care of It

 

He’s Already Taken Care of It
II Chronicles 20: 1 – 30

The problem may be difficult
As it looms along our way,
Or maybe not so hard
As we live each and every day.

We pray and ask the Lord for help,
And then we sing a song,
Because He’s already taken care of it,
So life won’t seem so wrong.

Lifted by the Scriptures,
Lifted by His Word,
He’s already taken care of it,
Is what I’ve seen and heard.

As His Son died on Calvary –
The Cross for you and me,
He’s already taken care of it
From sin to set us free.

And then from death
He rose on that Sunday morn’.
He’s already taken care of it
A new life in me was born.

So now I stand on the mountain’s edge,
And look so far below.
He’s already taken care of it.
This is what I know.

— Charles B. Mayes

He’s Already Taken Care of It © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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A New Year Resolution

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A New Year Resolution

As the New Year dawns before us
We will humble pray
That we may trust in our Lord Jesus
Each and every day.

We don’t know what ill awaits us.
We don’t know what good.
But we will trust Him now and always
So we’ll do what we should.

As we see the days unfolding
That God holds there one by one
We’ll trust Him more daily
And remember how He gave His Son.

So walking through the days
We’ll ponder our God helper in the past.
So during this New Year we won’t wander
But stay by Him to the last.

— Charles B. Mayes

A New Year Resolution © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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We don’t know our future, but we know who holds our future.   We have seen Him help us in the past, and He will continue to help us in the future.  Our part is being
faithful to Him, as He is faithful to us.

Happy New Year!

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Turning Over a New Leaf

 

 

 

 

 

Turning Over a New Leaf

“Happy New Year!”
All of us say.
We want to turn over a new leaf.
We resolve to change our ways.

To be kinder and gentler,
On a big time diet go,
To have a listening ear,
Or spend our money slow.

To take up a new hobby,
To read a real long book,
To devote less time texting,
To catch more fish on hooks.

Then January 15th or so
Those resolutions dropping.
The exercise machine sent back.
The improved personality stopping.

But there is always next year.
In 365 days it comes around again.
Another year – another chance.
To amend the way we’ve been.

“Happy New Year!”
All of us say.
We want to turn over a new leaf.
We want to change our ways – again!

— Charles B. Mayes

Turning Over a New Leaf  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We all have good intentions to improve ourselves in the New Year. But if we don’t make it, there’s always next year.   🙂

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On the Edge of Peace

 

 

 

 

 

On the Edge of Peace

Luke 2:14 / Luke 24:36

On the edge of peace,
Before Baby Jesus was born –
A world of turmoil,
A world forlorn.

Then into time
God sent His Son –
The Prince of Peace,
The Holy One.

God’s plan fulfilled,
A Way made for humankind
To bridge the gap,
This relationship bind.

On the edge of peace,
In sin we die,
Missing all God has,
Then to Him we cry.

In our search
Jesus comes to us.
Will we accept?
Will we trust?

The Prince of Peace
Brings Peace on Earth,
To each believer,
Through Jesus’ birth.

— Charles B. Mayes

On the Edge of Peace  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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As we stand on the edge of Christmas, many stand on the edge of peace.  Before Jesus was born the world didn’t have any idea what the Prince of Peace could bring them.  Before we are rescued by Jesus, we don’t know what wonderful peace can be in our lives.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Lord, Help Me

 

 

 

 

Lord, Help Me

James 1:22

Lord, help me pay attention to You –
Not just say I pay attention.
Not only reading the Bible,
But studying and comprehension.

Lord, help me trust You –
Not just say I trust.
Not only following You,
But making faith a must.

Lord, help me obey You –
Not just say I obey.
Not only keeping close,
But on Your pathway stay.

— Charles B. Mayes

Lord, Help Me © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Listening, Trusting, and Obeying God – not just Saying, but Doing!
Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” – James 1:22  [Holy Bible – NIV]

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It’s That Time!

 

 

 

 

It’s That Time!

It’s Black Friday
Hitting the bricks and mortars
Through the burst doors.
Be aware of those gift hoarders!

Getting there early,
Even then you could be late.
Deep savings.
BOGO* might be the bait.

On Cyber Monday
Better deals your catching.
Free shipping, buying memberships,
But personal information their snatching.

Surfing for gifts,
Much faster, too.
You’d even wish to drone them
To Aunt Sue and Uncle Lou.

But Giving Tuesday
Is really the best
Contributing to selfless causes
To make a big difference.

The Salvation Army, the fire victims help.
Boys and Girls Clubs, fun things the kids can do.
Wounded Warrior Project, empowering Vets.
World Vision, gifting the needy something new.

So don’t forget Giving Tuesday,
On your calendar this year,
Bringing hope to others,
And a lot of Christmas cheer.

— Charles B. Mayes

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It’s That Time! © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

A few days – a few ways to spend our money.  Giving to help others is so important.  Give until it feels good!  [See Proverbs 18:16 and 2 Corinthians 9:7.]

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Sharing at Sunday School

“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”  Travis B., Asbury, WV.  

Very Moving

 “I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK. 

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If you would like to contact me, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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7th Anniversary – ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

 

 

 

 

7th Anniversary – ChristianPoetryPublishing.com
[ChristianPoetryPublishing.WordPress.com]
November 2011 – November 2018
“To Rally ‘Round – A Little Closer to Heaven”

“And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.”   (Holy Bible, Psalm 12:6).

Anniversary 7 – Serving Heaven
By – Charles B. Mayes

IN 2008 SOME HARD CIRCUMSTANCES opened my eyes to my total dependence on God.  From this emerged my ministry of writing Christian poetry readings seriously and frequently.

“I do enjoy the poems and they do always point to Jesus.”  Anonymous

THROUGH THE YEARS as I’ve been on the website, I also distributed printed readings through churches and the LifeWay Christian Store community center.

“Love your poetry writing!  So complimentary in the common faith!”  Chanel B., DE.

I WANT TO THANK all my email and WordPress followers, LinkedIn readers, and visitors to my website for your continued support.

ALSO THANKS to my sisters, Nancy and Cherry, and Pastor P.T. Mammen for their encouragement from the beginning.  I appreciate the excellent editing of my wife, Dolores.  I thank my nephew, William, for helping greatly with the domain.

LORD WILLING,  I want to continue to minister through these poetry readings.

“You keep writing, I’ll keep reading!”  Steven C., San Jose, CA.

TOP 20 POST VISITS  2011 – October 2018

1.   Home Page / Archives
2.   A New Year Resolution
3.   God, Help Me This New Year
4.   Changes
5.   The Old Country Church
6.   About the Author
7.   Children Praise the Lord:  A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions)
8.   Children Know the Resurrection:  An Easter Sunday Reading
(with Actions)
9.   New Book Ministers to Readers
10.  Harvest Festival Time
11.  I Don’t Have a Father
12.  New Year / Mother and George Washington
13.  Running to the Tomb
14.  When I Write a Poem – Rabid to Write
15.  When the Blessings Come
16.  The Day Before Thanksgiving
17.  The Last Thanksgiving
18.  A Prayer for America
19.  Children Know the Gift:  A Christmas Day Reading
(with Actions) / I Prayed for You Today
20.  Christmas Memories / He’s Already Taken Care of It

TOP 12 POST VISITS BY COUNTRY  2012 – October 2018
[2011 – Not Available]                        

1.   United States
2.   Canada
3.   United Kingdom
4.   Indonesia
5.   India
6.   Philippines
7.   Germany
8.   Netherlands
9.   Australia
10.  Hong Kong – SAR China
11.  South Korea
12.  Japan

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT ME, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

POEMS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Bb Minor to B# Major

 

 

 

Bb Minor to B# Major

Psalm 40:1-3

The days are very hard
With so much to do.
They make us marred
Being flat, our attitudes.

“Finishing” one thing,
Then something haps
And back it pings,
Being flat, strength saps.

Time to get some rest,
The body to restore,
But spiritually dispossessed,
Being flat, energy out poured.

Arise, oh person of God.
Be faithful to the task.
Our work’s for You.
Being sharp, note how it lasts.

Another morning’s coming.
The daylight here.
The gladness we’re feeling.
Being sharp, see how we’re endeared.

Resting in You.
That’s how we feel.
Lifting our hearts.
Being sharp, in a Love so real.

— Charles B. Mayes

Bb Minor to B# Major © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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The music of our lives can go from a major key to a minor one in a matter of seconds.  To get in tune with the Lord, we must constantly pray and watch for the schemes of the devil so we can get back into that major key again.  “There’s within my heart a melody.”  [Luther B. Bridgers – 1910]

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THOUGHT PROVOKING / INSPIRING

As always Brother Charles’ writings are thought provoking and inspiring.  Please keep up the good work.”  Sabu T., Santa Clara, CA

SPEAKS TO ME

“Thank you for the wonderful poem that speaks to me where I am daily.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK

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If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Ask

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask

Matthew 7:7-11

Ask and it will be given …
Another hour goes by.
Another day will come.
And He always supplies.

Seek and you will find.
Somewhere it will be found.
Something you are looking for.
Specifically a Person the Answer, profound.

Knock and the door will be opened …
Knowing He’ll answer, wide.
Kind and loving Father.
Kneeling, we are satisfied.

— Charles B. Mayes

Ask © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

[Matthew 7:7 in Italics– New International Version (NIV)]

As we keep asking, seeking, and knocking, God will answer us.  This is a real and compelling promise from Jesus Christ.

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Complimentary in Faith

“Love your poetry writing.  So complimentary in the common faith!” Chanel B., DE

Pointing to Jesus

“I do enjoy the poems and they do always point to Jesus.”  Anonymous

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If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Your Word

 

 

 

 

 

Your Word

Psalm 119:105

Psalm 119:160
Proverbs 16:9
Proverbs 20:24
Habakkuk 3:17-19

“Your Word is a Lamp
For my feet.”
Keeping me with Your same beat.

“Your Word is a Light
On my path.”
As my future I grasp.

“For my feet
Your Word is a Lamp.”
Your Spirit in me encamp.

“On my path
Your Word is a Light.”
Taking me to new heights.

— Charles B. Mayes

Your Word  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

[Psalm 119:105 – New International Version (NIV)]

God’s Word helps us now and later.  Right “in the now,” and as we look into the future that God has in store for us.

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Sharing at Sunday School

“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”  Travis B., Asbury, WV.  

Very Moving

 “I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK. 

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If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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A Good Talk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Good Talk

John 15: 13 – 15

Nighttime with head on pillow,
Gettin’ some beautiful healin’,
Talkin’ to Jesus ’bout
How I’m really feelin’.

Just an honest chat
(No formula for prayer)
With my Savior,
As I’m lying there.

Praying to Him.
A real heart to heart.
He listens as a Friend.
His grace imparts.

And then to sleep, I

F
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zzL
zzzL

In His loving arms,
Comforted, enthralled.

— Charles B. Mayes

A Good Talk © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

“You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.”  [“Just a Little Talk with Jesus” – Words & Music: Cleavant Derricks (1937)]

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To rally ’round – a little closer to Heaven:

THOUGHT PROVOKING / INSPIRING

As always Brother Charles’ writings are thought provoking and inspiring.  Please keep up the good work.”  Sabu T., Santa Clara, CA

SPEAKS TO ME

“Thank you for the wonderful poem that speaks to me where I am daily.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK

________________________________________

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Rest

 

 

 

 

Rest
I Kings 18 – 19, Psalm 23, Hebrews 4:9-10

Rest for the weary.
Rest for the day.
Rest for the downtrodden.
Help is on the way!

Walking on the journey,
We’re tired and dismayed.
Feeling like we’ve had it
And every inch we fade.

Like Elijah versing the prophets –
Those wicked ones of Baal.
The test was hard and gruesome,
But God did not fail.

He went from that place famished.
So exhausted he couldn’t move.
God sent the angel to give sustenance.
His faith was tried, then proved.

Lying in green pastures,
A promise from above.
By the waters, still,
We feel His great love.

At the End a rest is promised
To those who follow God.
Eternal, glorious, peaceful,
Way above this sod.

— Charles B. Mayes

Rest © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Writing a poem about Rest was hard for me because I was tired myself.  We all need to heed these words, stopping along the way for rest.

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Complimentary in Faith

“Love your poetry writing.  So complimentary in the common faith!” Chanel B., DE

Pointing to Jesus

“I do enjoy the poems and they do always point to Jesus.”  Anonymous

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If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry reading emails from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Where is the Rain?








Ezekiel 34:26

Where Is the Rain?

Seems for ages, we ask -
Where is the rain?
The drought is upon us,
Dry heat and parched pain.

When will rain come?
A long while, we've not seen any.
We look for blessings,
Spiritual heights, not many.

But we hold faith that God
Will soon quince our thirst,
Receiving Living Water
Through God's Word, burst.

Then we glance toward Heaven,
Seeing some mist in the sky.
Lifting up our heads.
Our blessings draw nigh.

The rain sprinkling at first.
Then vigorously heavy still.
The blessings just keep coming.
They are really real.

Where is the rain
As we wait, watch, and pray?
In His time, the blessings come again.
The blessings come to stay.

 --- Charles B. Mayes
 
Where is the Rain?  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights
Reserved.

Sometimes we wait for blessings to flow from God and it just doesn’t happen on our timetable.  We must watch and pray and trust Him for these sustained blessings.

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“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”  Travis B., Asbury, WV.  

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 “I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK. 

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If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

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Trusting Now

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 13:8

Trusting Now

Your past trust in God:
Failing or victory,
Forgetting or praising.
But that’s history.

Your future trust in Him:
Don’t have to hurry
Because it’s yet to be.
Not to worry.

But trusting God:
This moment, now,
That’s all that matters.
You’ll see how.

— Charles B. Mayes

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Trusting Now © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Regretting things or living in the blessings of the past won’t help us, neither will worrying about the future.  We must ask ourselves, “Can I trust in Jesus now?” Yes!  That’s all we need to do.

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THOUGHT PROVOKING / INSPIRING

As always Brother Charles’ writings are thought provoking and inspiring.  Please keep up the good work.”  Sabu T., Santa Clara, CA

SPEAKS TO ME

“Thank you for the wonderful poem that speaks to me where I am daily.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK

________________________________________

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If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Down Not Out

 

 

 

Down Not Out

When life runs over you like a truck,
Maybe a semi or bigger,
You lay there and think,
“How will I get up?”

Lawyers might be good,
Using a lot of fancy words,
Finding legal loopholes,
But just liking to be heard.

Politicians claim
Everything’s getting better,
Though in the end many laws
Creep on us like fetters.

Environmentalists could help.
The Earth they support,
Caring about nature,
Yet people aren’t their forte.

Doctors curing what ails
Is the physician’s goal,
Still having limits,
Not touching the soul.

Preachers have it right,
The message very clear,
Telling the power of Jesus,
Bringing those who listen cheer.

Jesus Christ lifts us up
After being knocked down by life,
As we trust in Him,
Through all our daily strife.

When life runs over you like a truck,
Maybe a semi or bigger,
You lay there and think,
“How will I get up?”

— Charles B. Mayes

Down Not Out  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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When we’ve been hit by life, it may take us awhile to recover.  This is only possible through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and no other person.

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“The Christian poetry of Charles Mayes added a creative break to the Bethel Hymn Sing.  Even poems with motions for Children’s programs.”  Larry Pine, Campbell, CA

Expressing Faith

“I am glad you keep writing your poems.  A great way to express your thoughts, feelings, and faith.”  Roger E., Los Gatos, CA

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If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Banning the Bible

 

 

 

 

 

Banning the Bible
Assembly Bill 2943

Are you worrying about
(Many may warn you!)
Possible Bible banning
Out in California?

If someone wants to change
Their lifestyle, extremely,
Bible counselors couldn’t help
Through this scheme.

But we who have the Bible now,
What are we doing with it?
Are we reading it daily?
Do we to a schedule commit?

Are we studying and applying it?
Do we with others discuss?
Reading the Bible,
And letting it read us?

Are you worrying
(Many may warn you!)
About possible Bible banning
Out in California?

— Charles B. Mayes

Banning the Bible  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

If our religious freedoms are taken away – when people can’t get Biblical counseling or choose a Biblical help book – everyone loses.  While this is bad, we must read our Bibles now, when we can, and seek the Lord’s direction.

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If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Mister, Are You Jesus? – A Preacher’s Story

 

 

 

 

Mister, Are You Jesus? – A Preacher’s Story

James 2:14-17

The lights lowering,
The sermon ending,
The preacher telling
An old story, wending.

A little orphaned boy
On a street corner, apples selling.
Most too busy to buy,
But “Apples – 5 cents!” he’s yelling.

The Great Depression –
Sales on his existence depending
Getting by as best he could.
Meager money for spending.

A businessman rushing by,
But not intending
Hit the apples, cascading.
Reaching down, bending.

Helping pick them up.
Paying much for the apples losing.
Handing the boy $20.00,
The situation defusing.

Sobbing and looking up,
Asking about the One who frees us,
Putting his small hand in big,
Crying out, “Mister, are you Jesus?”

The lights lowering,
The sermon ending,
The preacher telling
An old story, wending.

— Charles B. Mayes

Mister, Are You Jesus – A Preacher’s Story  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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This poem is based on a preacher’s old illustration of which there are several versions.  It reminds us to think about how we are helping people in the name of Jesus Christ.  Telling someone to be warmed and fed doesn’t cut it.  Could someone mistake you for Jesus?

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Sharing at Sunday School

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Very Moving

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_______________________________________________

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If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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I Remember Mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Remember Mother

2 Timothy 2:15

I remember Mother
Sitting by our log cabin fire,
Telling Bible stories,
Our hearts glowing, inspired.

My dear sisters and I,
Hanging on every word.
Really listening to her
Not just sounds heard.

Naomi, with Ruth’s affection,
Of Elijah and Daniel, so brave,
Then of the risen Jesus
Who for us His life paid.

Teaching growth lessons
Very practical for each day,
And from our mother’s actions
Learning the wholesome way.

Ending our time, singing
About the mercies of the Lord.
Worshiping in those woods.
Our voices in one accord.

Falling asleep
Thinking of His love,
But also of Mother
And her firm faith in God above.

I remember Mother
Sitting by our log cabin fire,
Telling Bible stories,
Our hearts glowing, inspired.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Remember Mother  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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I do remember Mother.  She told those Bible stories with great care as she wanted the best for her children by teaching them God’s Word.

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That’s Perseverance

 

 

 

That’s Perseverance

2 Peter 1:5-7

Keeping on keeping on –
That’s perseverance.
Sticking to what we believe,
To our faith, adherence.

Asking God to propel
Problems away, clearance.
Moving them completely.
Hoping for disappearance.

Sometimes walking through
With a lot of interference.
Keeping on keeping on –
That’s perseverance.

— Charles B. Mayes

That’s Perseverance  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Many times life isn’t so easy.  I remember once telling God, “It’s not easy being a Christian!”  I think that He knows this.  It’s not easy, but Jesus Christ is our friend and help going both before us in the wilderness and walking beside us.  We can persevere.

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Thanksgiving Always

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Always

Psalm 100:4-5; I Timothy 2:8

With thanksgiving always,
Each and every day,
We lift out hearts in worship.
We lift our hands in praise.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thanksgiving Always © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We should never forget to thank God for all the wonderful things He gives us daily.  We feel this in our heart, and may show this by raising  our hands in praise.

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Hope Not Yet Seen

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have hope?  Today our guest writer addresses this important issue.

Hope Not Yet Seen

“For in this hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”  (Romans 8:24-25  RSV)

“Our Hope” before us, through the weeks and months ahead, is certain to bring things not yet recognized or understood.  Consider that our life each day is given new hope because God is faithful to us each new morning.

The God who is with us is the same God as yesterday, today,  and for all those tomorrows still ahead.  He doesn’t change, take naps or go on vacations.  Our constant hope is  reaching up to Him, persevering with prayer and the promise of His word.

God’s  hope, though not yet seen, is our constant expectation of an unseen reality.  Saved by grace by faith, waiting upon His promise through hope and perseverance, we’ll recognize the end result of our faith.

As a child, you might have been on a lengthy road trip to some special place, and you’d ask from the backseat of the car, “Are we there yet?”  Your parent may have responded, “Almost,” which usually meant another hour or two before you’d get to Grandma’s house.

Learning to be still and knowing God is working always in all ways can be difficult on our part, especially in our fast-paced culture of modern technology where everything’s at our fingertips for instant results.  But God is not part of our culture.  I thank Him because I tend to expect instant answers.

Experience has taught me that learning to wait upon His promise brings hope not yet seen with far greater promise.

— Robert Schaetzle

Hope Not Yet Seen © 2018 by Robert Schaetzle.  All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission.

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Guest Writer:  God lead Robert Schaetzle to writing over 45 years ago when he started by writing personal notes in his five children’s birthday cards, along with other devotional messages.  After retirement from a forty-year career with the USPS, he has been serving others in lay pastoring at a local  Rehab Center for fourteen years in a “Sharing and Caring” ministry and writing essays from his sermons.  He freelances having Christian articles and poems published.  He resides in Sunnyvale, CA with his wife, Yvonne, living close to their five grown children and their families.

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So Many Prayers

 

 

 

 

 

So Many Prayers

There are so many prayers
That need to be said,
Sometimes overwhelming,
Swirling around in your head.

Who has God put on your heart
To pray for today?
It might be from your Prayer List
Or a thought coming quickly, thruway.

Maybe a fellow worker
Or a child that you know,
Or someone you just met,
God’s love you can show.

It could be a relative
Or a close friend.
It might be your student
Or your patient on the mend.

Pray from your soul,
Not simply a recitation,
Seeking God’s will
Whatever the situation.

There are so many prayers
That need to be said,
Sometimes overwhelming,
Swirling around in your head.

— Charles B. Mayes

So Many Prayers  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Sometimes we get confused about who we should pray for.  We don’t want to miss anyone on a list, but God may bring someone to mind that we feel led to pray for.  Prayer is a wonderful intimate communication with God!

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Easter on April Fools’ Day

Easter on April Fools’ Day

Matthew 7:24-29; 28:6

When Easter is on April Fools' Day,
It reminds me of a story Jesus told
About the wise and the foolish man
Who built houses, one a strong-hold.

The wise man
Built his house on the Rock.
Then when the elements hit,
It stayed in place with all the knocks.

The foolish man
Built his house with no Foundation.
Then when bad weather came,
It crashed after severe gyrations.

When the angel says, "He has Risen."
Which kind are you?
Wise - believing and receiving.
Foolish - rejecting and leaving.

When Easter is on April Fools' Day
It reminds me of a story Jesus told
About the wise and the foolish man
Who built houses, one a strong-hold.

--- Charles B. Mayes
Easter on April Fools' Day © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes.  All
rights reserved.
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As we think about Easter on April Fools' Day this year, we want
to be the wise person believing in our Resurrected Lord, rather 
than the foolish person running away in doubt and fear.

Happy Easter!

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God’s Purpose









God's Purpose 
Eph. 1:11 and Phil. 2:13

Walking life's journey,
Striving toward His call,
Thinking we know God's purpose,
But may not really know it at all.

Could be countless closed doors
And struggles every day,
Or many opened, very easy,
But God's goal, can we say?

Helping someone
Is good within itself,
But maybe His unknown desire,
Though puzzling, is actually something else.

Speaking about Christ to one,
As another listens near,
The Holy Spirit leads - 
It's the other ready to hear.

So, through our daily lives
Someone might be there
Who is blessed by our love of Jesus,
Whom we are unaware.

             --- Charles B. Mayes
God's Purpose © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
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We don’t always know the purpose God has when we strive for our goal, but whether we know it or not, He will always achieve it when we are moldable clay in His hands.

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A New Year Resolution: A Collection Through the Years

 

 

 

 

A New Year Resolution: 

A Collection Through the Years

2012

God, Help Me This New Year

Help me to do Your holy will
Throughout this New Year.
Take away all my doubts
And all my fears.

Whether with great or no ability,
Make me available for Your use,
So that my service to You,
You may boost.

Help me to minister
Not to whom I think this year,
But to whom You want,
Both far and near.

Help me to have hope
That only You can give,
As from moment to moment
I, in You, live.

Help me to do Your holy will
Throughout this New Year.
Thank you for taking away all my doubts
And all my fears.

2013

A New Year Resolution

As the New Year dawns before us
We will humble pray
That we may trust in our Lord Jesus
Each and every day.

We don’t know what ill awaits us.
We don’t know what good.
But we will trust Him now and always
So we’ll do what we should.

As we see the days unfolding
That God holds there one by one
We’ll trust Him more daily
And remember how He gave His Son.

So walking through the days
We’ll ponder our God helper in the past.
So during this New Year we won’t wander
But stay by Him to the last.

We don’t know our future, but we know who holds our future. We have seen Him help us in the past, and He will continue to help us in the future. Our part is being faithful to Him, as He is faithful to us.

2014

As This New Year Approaches

As this New Year approaches
No resolutions do I make,
Except to remain close
To You, God, for Jesus’ sake.

To keep basking in Your grace
And when in sin I fall,
I get up soon upon Your path
To once more give You my all.

To know that I continue
To be in Your family,
Under the font of blood
Flowing from Calvary.

So I can have peace
Again this New Year,
As I still trust in You
And have no fear.

Are you still living in God’s grace as we go into this New Year? Remember – Holy Bible – I Peter 5: 6-7 – “So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you”. (The Message)

2015

New Year

Life before us, each day very busy –
Working, helping with every opportunity,
Doing what we can to lend a hand
To loved ones and community.

Life before us, not knowing God’s timing
Daily His examples we must be
Since we know not tomorrow –
We cannot see.

Life before us, battles of all kinds –
Health, financial, satanic attacks, and more.
All of these things,
So life can never be for sure.

Life before us, only God knows –
Tomorrow, next year, or today,
Will we be ready to see God
When He guides us Home, far away?

We may have a lot of plans for 2015, but it is the Lord Who directs our steps [Proverbs 16:9 – Holy Bible]. On our journey, we need to stay as close as we can to our loving God, and do good because of what He was done for us.

2016

Curtain Up!

Curtain Up on the stage of life!
This New Year’s drama starts
With you on the stage,
As the foot and spotlights
Both shine bright.

Not a lark.
You’re excited, yet fearful
In this program to embark.

All thespians ready to move
Through each scene
With dilemmas quite a few.
Plots thickens as characters careen.

You trust your Heavenly Director,
The Lord Jesus Christ.
Dealing with the lying antagonist.
Dealing with the sacrifice.

Whether showstopper or upstaged.
Whether dialog or soliloquy.
No bit parts here.
The finale is Heaven’s eternity.

Curtain Up on the stage of life!
A New Year – looking ahead.
With Christ, nothing to dread.

I usually write something here about my poems. The inspiration for this one comes from two persons. The first is my high school speech teacher, Joan [/Jo-ANN/] Murray-Hogan. She taught English, speech, broadcasting, and drama; and is currently active in productions. The second is Steve Dini, a TV personality, who has been teaching high school broadcasting and drama for many years.

2016

The New Year Calendar

Jeremiah 29:11

Sitting there – the calendar on my laptop,
I look at the Old Year, past,
Filling in the New Year Calendar dates,
Leaving those memos that will last.

As I read the old entries,
Hard, and easy things, too –
Memories overflow my heart,
Both contented and blue.

Persons born, or now more in years,
Some have gone to the other side,
Most are still the same,
Some humble and some with pride.

Many blank areas ahead.
What will happen then?
I don’t know what things
Will be filled in them again.

I trust my God to replenish them,
As He guides me on the Way.
It’s not what I do,
But what He plans each day.

It’s hard to believe that another year is here! I prayerfully hope that each one of us, through the help of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, start (in some cases), or continue to be disciples of Him this year!

2017

Greeting the New Year

Ephesians 6:12

This last year was kinda bad.
We had a lot of problems.
We look ahead to this New Year
To see God continuing to solve them.

There was the plumbing deluge,
Then Mom became ill last Winter.
They laid Dad off at the factory,
And then the broken printer.

The truck needed a new battery.
It was done before its years.
The radiator leaked like a sieve,
And our rent was in arrears.

The electric bill soared so high,
And now it’s the water heater.
U.S. politics didn’t go our way,
And food too scarce for eaters.

We know it’s really not these things,
But how to them we react.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
It’s those spiritual forces who us attack.

It doesn’t depend on how we feel
Or even what we do.
It’s whole-souled trust in God above
That always gets us through.

Was 2016 a good year for you? Is every year a good year when we follow Jesus Christ? Is there such a thing as a bad day or are all days good in Jesus Christ?

2018

The Old and New
2 Corinthians 5:17

The Old Year dwindles
As the sunset’s afterglow.
The New Year bursts forth
As the sunrise’s bright flow.

The Old Life vanishes
As a snuffed candle’s smoke.
The New Life in Christ appears
As a blazing candle uncloaked.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” [Holy Bible – 2 Corinthians 5:17- NIV]

Happy New Year!

A New Year Resolution: A Collection Through the Years © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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The Old and New

The Old and New

2 Corinthians 5:17

The Old Year dwindles
As the sunset’s afterglow.
The New Year bursts forth
As the sunrise’s bright flow.

The Old Life vanishes
As a snuffed candle’s smoke.
The New Life in Christ appears
As a blazing candle uncloaked.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Old and New © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  [Holy Bible – 2 Corinthians 5:17 – NIV]

Happy New Year!

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Angels Flying to the Earth

Angels Flying to the Earth

Angels flying to the Earth
At supersonic speed.
Must get there with the Good News
To first the shepherds receive.

— Charles B. Mayes

Angels Flying to the Earth © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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A succinct message came from the angels to the shepherds showing God’s wonders in sending His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Running to the Manger

Running to the Manger

Running to the manger,
Following the angel’s direction,
The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem
Little time for reflection.

Just before this
The announcement given,
By the angel,
From the starry heavens.

“Don’t be afraid.
Good news I bring.
Go to the manger
And find the Baby King.”

“Glory to God.”
The angels’ words ring.
“Peace on earth.”
The shepherds’ hearts sing.

When they arrive
Seeing Jesus in the straw –
They were in complete wonder.
They were in complete awe.

Then spreading the word
With no hesitation
To everyone they saw
With no reservation.

Are we seeking the manger
And to those on our way
Telling His Story,
Not just on Christmas holidays?

— Charles B. Mayes

Running to the Manger © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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We should also run to the manger with this same excitement of the shepherds.  Then we must continue our enthusiasm by sharing the Good News with others.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Thank You for Your Service!

Thank You for Your Service!

The old man walks into a market
With a slow limping gait, but steady,
To pick up a few things.
His cautiously budgeted list ready.

He wears a slim cap, forward to back,
With a lot of earned pins
From the VFW and
From the wars he’d fought in.

A young guy approaches,
A little reluctant at first and nervous,
But then with a firm voice says,
“Thank you for your service!”

The elder observes the boy
Looking him right in the eyes.
Then utters, “You‘re welcome.”
Lips quivering as if he might cry.

They part ways,
But in that one moment, earnest,
He has acknowledged him
For sustaining our country, fervent.

Remembering our troops
On this Veterans Day observance,
Let’s also stop and thank them
For their loyal service.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thank You for Your Service! © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Veterans Day is a good time to remember the sacrifice of our Veterans in service to our country.  However, anytime is an excellent time.  We must not forget what they have done to keep us free!

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2018 Calendar

 

 

 

 

2018 Calendar

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Halloween Outreach

Halloween Outreach

(I Corinthians 9:22)

The church down the street
Has a yearly Halloween treat
For the neighbor children
Who think it’s pretty neat.

Inside the children sit
Watching a ventriloquist
Telling the Gospel story
Putting on it a new twist.

Some are over playing games:
A Pumpkin bean bag toss,
Yellow numbered ducks in a pond,
A Do-It-Yourself painted Cross.

There’s a bouncy house
On the playground.
A long eager line,
Up and down, up and down

Costumed kids walking by.
Adults doing a prayerful act –
Giving out candy
And Halloween gospel tracts.

The outreach is held every year
To take something secular
And make it into something
Godly spectacular!

— Charles B. Mayes

Halloween Outreach © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

When churches reach out to children and their families then wonderful things happen for them, and for the church itself. The mission of the church is to touch lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all ways possible.

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”  (Holy Bible – I Corinthians 9:22 – NIV)

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Surprise Me, God!

 

Surprise Me, God!

Surprise Me, God!
With those wonderful things
You do which delight
Me through and through.

Not something I hear about,
Although that is inspiring,
But something I experience –
Your activity in my life thriving.

It may be someone
Coming closer to you
As you work via me
To cause them to see.

It may be a situation
That seems unsolvable,
But you open the door
To make it resolvable.

Thrill me with your works.
More and more and more let me see
Your powerful Hand touching
My world, actually.

Surprise Me, God!
With those wonderful things
You do which delight
Me through and through.

— Charles B. Mayes

Surprise Me, God! © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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God’s surprises are exciting!  They are spices of life that are special unexpected blessings.  If you don’t see them, look for them.  They are all around us, if we would but look.

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My Home Church

My Home Church

(Philippians 1:6)

Thinking of my home church,
With some here and some gone.
Leaving wonderful memories
That constantly live on.

Those members,
Through Christ’s blood bought,
Loved on and guided me
To make me what I ought.

The choir singing bright
With the soloist touching my heart.
The Preacher preaching
God’s message impart.

In Sunday School,
The Bible faithfully taught
From sweet babies to precious Seniors,
The Word eagerly sought.

Before and after service,
Fellowshipping and praying for each other.
Showing our care and concern –
Sisters and brothers.

Times weren’t always good.
There were up and downs,
But God pulled us through,
Faithful to turn things around.

Thinking of my home church,
With some here and some gone.
They leave wonderful memories
That constantly live on.

— Charles B. Mayes

My Home Church © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

[Image and Extra Text from my Home Church Newsletter – The Harbinger.]

We may be members of several churches in our lifetime.  But dear to many of our hearts is our Home Church where we first came to Jesus Christ and where we first drank of the milk of His Word.  We have many fond memories of those ones who taught us his Word, perhaps since our infancy, and who cared for us.

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” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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It’s Worth the Long Hard Journey After All!

It’s Worth the Long Hard Journey After All!

Chorus:
It’s worth the long hard journey after all!
With trials and temptations – we might fall,
But in Heaven we shall meet.
We will sit at Jesus feet.
It’s worth the long hard journey after all!

Verse 1:
I was walking down the road of desperation.
The path not leading to any destination.
Always in my soul
I tried to have control.
All alone, I was feeling very low.

(Chorus)

Verse 2:
I passed the Mirror showing me my sins
Against God, Who yearned to take me in.
I felt guilty through and through.
I didn’t know exactly what to do
With my life — I needed another view.

(Chorus)

Verse 3:
Someone showed me how to be saved.
A strong and gentle Rescuer came to my aid.
When I trusted Him,
My past became so very dim.
With Him, I knew my new view would win.

(Chorus)

Verse 4:
The journey isn’t easy, but He’s there
To take my broken heart and repair.
I keep on keeping on.
Now all my fears are gone.
In my life, there’s a bright and glorious song.

(Chorus)

Reprise:
But in Heaven we shall meet.
We will sit at Jesus feet.
“I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now.”
It’s worth the long hard journey after all!

— Charles B. Mayes

It’s Worth the Long Hard Journey After All! © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

[Quoted Lyric Line: “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now.”  Charles F. Goodman and Jimmie Davis, © 1964, 1992 by Peermusic, Ltd.]

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When we have those long hard journey days, we may not understand everything that’s happening, but we can trust our Lord Jesus Christ for strength to keep on keeping on!

God’s Son can not be eclipsed by any darkness.  We not only follow Him (“Your word is . . . a light on my path.”), but He also walks right beside us (“Your word is a lamp for my feet.”)   [Quotes from the Holy Bible – Psalm 119:105 – NIV]

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Graduation Day

 

 

 

 

Graduation Day

Verse 1:
I remember so well my high school days
At the school outside of town,
How I used to think of tests
And always give a frown,
But I knew the work was not in vain
Because of the reward.

Chorus:
Graduation Day!
Graduation Day!
At last I’ve passed the Test!
Hallelujah!
At last I’m home to Rest.

Verse 2:
Each test I tried to pass myself.
Alone I could not do it!
The teacher helped and guided me.
He guided me right through it,
But I knew the work was not in vain
Because of the reward.

(Chorus)

Verse 3:
When my life on earth is over
And I have passed the Test
A Graduation Day I’ll see
And it will be the best!
But I know the work was not in vain
Because of the Reward.

(Chorus)

Verse 4:
The commencement speech is giv’n by God.
He’ll say, “I love you so!
I sent my Son to die for you
And now you truly know
A great diploma you’ll receive.
The Teacher loves you so.”

Chorus:
Graduation Day!
Graduation Day!
At last I’ve passed the Test!
Hallelujah!
At last I’m home to Rest.

— Charles B. Mayes

Graduation Day © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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When a Christian dies this is not the end.  It is really their Graduation Day – a Graduation to Heaven.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  [Holy  Bible – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – NIV]

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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The Scoutmaster’s Minute

 

 

 

 

The Scoutmaster’s Minute

The Scoutmaster’s Minute,
The Scoutmaster’s Mile,
Are both nonstandard measures,
But they’ll make you smile.

Whether up in front,
At the meetings, camp, or awards,
The Scoutmaster’s the leader,
And the boys are never bored.

He encourages the boys
To be good winners – and losers.
The visionary, the prod,
This humble man of God.

In the parking lot,
He leads a circle of prayer,
For safety, strength, and unity,
Of Jesus to make them aware.

In the great outdoors,
At the camp,
A love for God’s creation
On each boy is stamped.

On the trail
The mile may really be longer,
But with his help
The boys become much stronger.

The Scoutmaster’s Mile,
The Scoutmaster’s Minute,
Somewhat longer
But it’s worth Who’s in it.

The Mile and Minute
For Troop 777.
The boys will rally ’round –
A little closer to Heaven.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Scoutmaster’s Minute © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The Scoutmaster (Boy Scouts of American) who is a Christian in a church sponsored troop, and the Christian Troopmaster (Trail Life USA) in their dedication do much more than just teach backpacking and leadership skills.  They also help the boys develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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The Empty Classroom

The Empty Classroom

The classroom was empty,
Not a child in their chair.
For summer vacation
Was already there.

The teacher looked out,
Not one hand in the air.
No questions to answer,
No books to repair.

Hurt fingers and feelings,
There were none.
No laughter,
No fun.

No lessons of Bible,
Math, Reading,
Or tests.
No games and all of the rest.
Another class,
Another year,
It was the best!

He thought of each child,
Looked at notes he’d received
Saying, “I love you.”
His heart – it was grieved.
To lose such a class
Who could replace?
A tear gently dropped down his face.

But now to prepare
For another year to come.
To show a new class
The love of God’s Son.

And this scene repeated
Until through heaven’s door
The Christian teacher will walk
To the Classroom once more.

But this time he sits
With his students in place
In that never empty Classroom
Looking at the Master Teacher’s face.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Empty Classroom © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The dedicated Christian School teacher does much more than teach the 3 Rs.  They also teach the 4th R of Righteous in Jesus Christ!

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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The Old Country Church

chrch2c- Church - Dusk

The Old Country Church

I remember the old country church,
Just south of town, a mile or two,
Where mama and papa would take me,
I saw children with grown-ups sittin’ on the pews.

Before the preacher preached,
A child I could barely see,
On a chair behind the pulpit,
He sang, “Jesus Loves Me.”

Folks lifting their voices,
Singin’ those grand ole Gospel songs,
Reminding me of heaven,
Where nothin’ is wrong.

Then right after dusk,
It was time for the invitation,
Where many came forward,
For God’s adoration.

I remember the old country church,
And will ‘til I die,
‘Cause we’ll all meet in heaven,
The Church in the sky.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Old Country Church © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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One of my first memories of a church building is a country church, at dusk, right outside my hometown.  We need to remember that the church is not the building, but the people – “the called out ones”.  So, no special building or any building is needed for the church to meet.

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I appreciate what Larry Pine wrote in his South Bay Concert News (March) referring to my Poetry Reading on February 6th, 2015, the following:

“The Christian poetry of Charles Mayes added a creative break to the Bethel Hymn Sing. Even poems with motions for Children’s programs . . . ”

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