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 © 2023  by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

“When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new!”  [Holy Bible – 2 Corinthians 5:17 – ERV]

Happy New Year!

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A New Year Resolution

 

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A New Year Resolution
Psalm 54:4

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 © 2022 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. 

“Look, my God will help me.
My Lord will support me.”
(Holy Bible – Psalm 54:4 – ERV)

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Greeting 2023

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Greeting 2023
Ephesians 6:12

This 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.

— Charles B. Mayes

Greeting 2023  © 2022 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Was 2022 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?

When we follow Jesus, how can we have a bad year or day?  We may have a day with many challenges.  We may have a hard day, but with Him we can see the blessings of each day.  This is not an easy thing.  It is a very hard thing sometimes, but it is a necessary thing as we thank Him and see what He does for us yearly and daily.

And when I don’t trust enough,
Whatever “enough” is,
I ask Him to supply that trust
And He always gives.

[From “Running to the Cross” – 2014 – Charles B. Mayes]

I want to thank those who followed my website in 2022, and some for several years! Also I’m happy for each of you who stop by time to time. May God richly bless all of you in 2023!

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 or http://www.HisPoems.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.”

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

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Holding Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

Holding Jesus

Luke 2:22-40

The day after Christmas,
Still relishing joy and cheer,
Thinking of Simeon and Anna,
Who both met baby Jesus, dear.

Devout Simeon asked to see
The Messiah’s face
Before he died, then was answered –
Holding God’s salvation and grace.

Joseph and Mary marveled
At what he said.
Simeon blessed them,
But warned Mary of what’s ahead.

Aged Prophet Anna, a widow for many years,
Daily at the Temple fasting and praying,
So pleased to see Jesus,
Thanksgiving and redemption saying.

We can also hold Jesus.
Have we been wanting to start,
In expectation and hope,
To hold Him in our hearts?

— Charles B. Mayes

Holding Jesus © 2022 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Christmas Is Finally Over

 

 

 

 

Christmas Is Finally Over!

Luke 2:20

Christmas is finally over!
Now you can go back to normal –
To “regularly scheduled programming.”
Away from this Yuletide formal.

No listening to Christmas songs
Ad nauseam that noisily swell,
At the grocery store,
Like “Come On Ring Those Bells.”

Your eyes won’t be hurt
As you try to drive at night
By those overdone gaudy
Christmas lights.

Don’t forget the political news
That captures the airwaves –
Left, Center, Right and Between,
All that socially saves.

On Facebook,
Comments about polite posts again,
Making snide mocking remarks,
No more good will toward men.

As you walk by today
No irritating high-pitched bell
Rung by the Red Kettle person
Raising Heaven.

Christmas is really over!
You don’t have to go back to normal.
You can continue praising God
Even after this Yuletide formal.

— Charles B. Mayes

Christmas Is Finally Over!  © 2022  by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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I hope that my satirical poem helps us remember to think about Christmas all year and to continue praising God!

“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”  (Holy Bible – Luke 2:20 – NIV)

Happy New Year!

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“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.  As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

Very Moving

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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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Thank you!

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Where It’s Christmas All The Time

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Where It’s Christmas All The Time

Where it’s Christmas all the time
Because there’s joy for you and me –
It isn’t on the earth
But in Heaven, you will see.

The Gift that God has given
Will be realized by us then.
For Christmas in Heaven
Is not just Christmas now and again.

There’ll be our Present, Jesus,
The blessed God of love,
Wrapped by the Holy Spirit
Tying ribbons as a dove.

Where it’s Christmas all the time
There won’t be any snow,
But there are wondrous streets of gold.
That’s where I want to go.

Where it’s Christmas all the time
Because there’s joy for you and me –
It isn’t on the earth
But in Heaven, you will see.

                                     — Charles B. Mayes

Where It’s Christmas All The Time © 2022 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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As Christians, we are headed for an eternal Christmas in Heaven!

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As If Watching A Movie

“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.  As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

Very Moving

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

Complimentary in Faith

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

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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 or http://www.HisPoems.com.

This and 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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Thank you.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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A Wonderful Christmas This Year

 

 

 

 

A Wonderful Christmas This Year

The presents this year very few,
In fact, only one, maybe two,
But with His birthday here,
We will have Christmas cheer.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

A wonderful Christmas this year
Because there’s nothing to fear.
Long lines won’t matter,
Or traffic to clatter.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

The birth of the Savior,
The angels appear.
The shepherds adore Him.
The Wise men explore Him.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

Though told through the ages,
It’s still precious now.
Little Lord Jesus, we humbly bow.
For His birth grateful, we’re.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

When they looked at the sky above,
They saw the Star shine – His love.
We see stars bright, so clear,
Of His same love, so dear.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

To earth came the Son,
On the Cross it was finished,
No more to be done.
Our life becoming His mirror.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

And in our hearts
We know He’s appeared,
To bless each one,
To draw very near.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

A wonderful Christmas this year
Because there’s nothing to fear.
Long lines won’t matter,
Or traffic to clatter.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2022 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The birth of Jesus Christ is not just the “real meaning of Christmas.”  It is the only meaning of Christmas.  This year, no matter what your economy, Christmas is wonderful for each one of us because of what the angel told the shepherds (and us), “Do not be afraid . . . a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. ”  [Holy Bible – Luke 2:10 (NIV)].

Thank you followers and welcome to those who stop by this website.

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Sharing in Sunday School

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

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If you would like to use this poem 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 or http://www.HisPoems.com.

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 International Christian Center, San Bruno, CA.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts

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The Eve of
Christmas Eve:
A Reading in Three Acts

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Prologue

There was something even better
Than Christmas Eve this year,
At the church down the road
With the pastors so dear.

It’s that big building.
That’s pretty old.
But a place where the Gospel
Is always lovingly told.

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Act 1

The morning of the Eve of Christmas Eve
Would set the stage just right,
For the awe inspiring program
Which would happen just tonight.

The children were all ready.
They’d memorized their parts.
They knew them so well.
They knew them all by heart.

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The technician adjusting slides
So sound would be OK,
And also make the lighting
Point exactly the right way.

Mrs. Jones was calling
Some persons she’d invited
To remind them to come
At 7:00 p.m., she’s excited.

This Pastor was praying
Upon his knees this morn’,
That tonight’s program
Would Jesus Christ adorn.

Now just before tonight,
Time for all to rest,
To make this Christmas Eve Eve
The very, very Best.

Act II

The Eve of Christmas Eve
Was a very special night.
Each person attending
Showed exceptional delight.

First, it was carol time
To sing those old greats,
About the Birth of Jesus.
They could hardly wait.

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Then the children filed in.
The place silent became.
A song about Jesus
The quiet night He came.

The Center was packed
With the children on stage.
Even the balcony full.
The congregation engaged.

This Pastor sat on a couch
By a framed stable scene,
Where he would narrate,
This holy night theme.

Mary and Joseph came out.
No room at the Inn.
No room for Jesus,
Where tonight’s story begins.

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With deep feeling
This Brother did read
About the shepherds’ sight,
What they did see.

One child wearing a robe,
And staff in their hand,
Looked up – up – up high
Where the angels did stand.

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Now time for a song
With piano so soft.
A solo is heard, clearly,
Even way up in the loft.

The children kneel and point
To the direction of West,
As this Minister told of the wise men
Who gifted their best.

And then the three boys,
Off, by stage left went.
Another way, than entering
From where they were sent.

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Recitation – a poem.
When would she start?
But soon that powerful last line
“I can give Him my heart.”

This Preacher opened his Bible
And spoke with great zeal.
Birth – Life – Death – Resurrection.
Rebirth in Jesus, he appealed.

And then what happened
Was to everyone’s awe.
The front full – wise seekers,
Everyone saw.

To the world joy –
Melody to the ceiling ascends,
As one voice,
Everyone sang at the end.

Christmas Eve Eve –
What a very special night.
Children and audience –
All hearts Bright.

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Act III

The Eve of Christmas Eve almost done,
The Lead Pastor came forward
To address the crowd
Before it was over.

This humble man of God,
Said that he cared
About this church
And why it was there.

He encouraged each
To follow their dream,
To use their talents for the Lord
As the children they’d seen.

Epilogue

Following Christmas Eve Eve
All did linger longer,
Having sweet fellowship
With so much to Ponder.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts © 2022 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Today’s reading (poem) is much longer than usual and is based on a real situation of Christmas being on Sunday and the church wanting to have a Christmas Eve Service, so they decided to have it on the Friday evening before Christmas. Thus, the Eve of Christmas Eve!

I want to thank those who follow my website regularly – some for several years!  Also I’m happy to have those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

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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 or http://www.HisPoems.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.”

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

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The Last Thanksgiving

 

 

The Last Thanksgiving

Remember the First Thanksgiving,
When the Pilgrims prayed,
To thank God,
Who was their daily stay?

They thanked Him,
With their Indian friends,
After that terrible winter,
For food and helping them.

He provided for them:
There was much to pay,
Even with great losses,
Each and every grueling day.

In the morning,
Did your knees bow
And thank God for another day
Of life in the now?

At noon did you remember
To return thanks for what God has given,
At this mid-day time,
The sun high in the heavens?

Your hands – did they clasp
When you sat down to eat,
Thanking the Lord above
For the vegetables and meat?

Did you give gratitude,
Like a vesper time,
In the cool of the evening,
For getting you through, just fine?

So the Last Thanksgiving
Is really up to you.
When was it?
When did you last give thanks, too?

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2022 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Holy Bible – Ephesians 5:20 – NIV)

It seems that we always need reminders to the thankful.  It should not be so, but it is.

I’m thankful for you who read my poems.  I prayerfully hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

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As If Watching A Movie

“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.  As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

Very Moving

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

Complimentary in Faith

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

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If you would like to use this poem 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.WordPress.com or http://www.HisPoems.com.

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.

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Thank you and again Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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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! © 2022 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!

Thank you for visiting me or following my site.   May God richly bless you!

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Very Moved

“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.
As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

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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.WordPress.com or http://www.HisPoems.com.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.WordPress.com or http://www.HisPoems.com.

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 Day Before Thanksgiving

turkey_pumpkinThe Day Before Thanksgiving

The day before Thanksgiving –
It was crazy at the stores.
The people getting one last pie
Or some dressing, even more.

To bring all those groceries home
Was a big feat indeed.
To prepare for the feast tomorrow
Many hungry mouths to feed.

The Tom turkey readied
The special silver laid out.
The stress again on Mother
Was great without a doubt.

But what happened to thankfulness?
Do we remember what to do?
To bow our heads tomorrow
Our spirits to renew.

It’s a time of fellowship
With relatives and friends.
To tell what the Lord has giv’n.
Time and time again.

It’s more than turkey
Or the big game that’s really great.
It’s thanking God for Jesus
Who, for us, opens Heaven’s gate.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Day Before Thanksgiving © 2022 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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There is something about thankfulness that can change our bad attitude completely.  Expressing our appreciation to God reflects back giving us wonderful peace.

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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 © 2022  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]

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Christmas Is Finally Over!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Is Finally Over!

Luke 2:20

Christmas is finally over!
Now you can go back to normal –
To “regular scheduled programming.”
Away from this Yuletide formal.

No listening to Christmas songs
Ad nauseam that noisily swell,
At the grocery store,
Like “Come On Ring Those Bells.”

Your eyes won’t be hurt
As you try to drive at night
By those overdone gaudy
Christmas lights.

Don’t forget the political news
That captures the airwaves –
Left, Center, Right and Between,
All that socially saves.

On Facebook,
Comments about polite posts again,
Making snide mocking remarks,
No more good will toward men.

As you walk by today
No irritating high-pitched bell
Rung by the Red Kettle person
Raising Heaven.

Christmas is really over!
You don’t have to go back to normal.
You can continue praising God
Even after this Yuletide formal.

— Charles B. Mayes

Christmas Is Finally Over!  © 2021  by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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I hope that my satirical poem helps us remember to think about Christmas all year and to continue praising God!

“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”  (Holy Bible – Luke 2:20 – NIV)

Happy New Year!

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Very Moving

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

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Can We Make It Through Christmas?

 

 

 

 

 

Can We Make It Through Christmas?

I Thessalonians 5:18

Christmas is here again.
Can we make it through?
A lot of things to think of.
A lot of things to do.

As we are some older
And the children moved away.
Should we travel there
Or could they come to stay?

Presents to buy.
Presents to wrap.
The tree to put up.
Need to take a nap.

Cookies in the pantry.
Turkey in the frig.
Pies in the freezer.
Ready for this gig.

Our kids arrive
And grandchildren, too.
Then the drudgery
Turns into debut.

The oldest one, Sara,
Is asked to read the Story
About when Jesus came
And left His  glory.

Hands held.
It’s time for the blessing.
Thanking God.
We are not distressing!

Christmas is here again.
Can we make it through?
A lot of things to think of.
A lot of things to do.

— Charles B. Mayes

Can We Make It Through Christmas? © 2021  by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (Holy Bible – I Thessalonians 5:18 – NIV)

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Very Moving

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

Complimentary in Faith

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If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

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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No Christmas Without You

 

 

 

 

 

No Christmas Without You

Luke 2:6-7

There would be no Christmas without You
In spite of this time of the year –
No sights or sounds of the season,
Without You it would be drear.

No tree in the living room.
No presents in place.
No music from the MP3.
Only dreams we would chase.

Over 2,000 years ago
A baby in a manger.
You were born in Bethlehem
For all a life changer.

From a throne You came
To a humble barn,
Loved by Joseph and Mary
Holding You safely in arms.

One day You’re rejected,
Killed for the sins of humankind,
Rising from the dead, glorious,
Opening the hearts of the blind.

There would be no Christmas without You.
In spite of this time of the year –
No sights or sounds of the season,
Without You it would be drear.

       — Charles B. Mayes

No Christmas Without You © 2021  by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,  and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”  (Holy Bible – Luke 2:6-7 – NIV)

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“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.  As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

Very Moving

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

Complimentary in Faith

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

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If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

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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An Unopened Christmas Card

 

 

 

An Unopened Christmas Card

Proverbs 17:17

An unopened Christmas card
From his beloved peer,
Address fading and tear tinted,
Sat on his mantel for three years.

He touched it
From time to time
In a slow gentle pensive way,
Tempted to open at Christmastime.

His intense heartache:
His as-long-as-he-could-remember buddy
Became ill and passed before Christmas.
So this procrastination he could not amend.

But THIS Christmas morning,
He was excited, wholly.
Heart racing with trembling hands,
He opened it slowly.

“I’m ready to go to Heaven.
You are the best friend
A person could ever have.”
That’s what he’d penned.

Inside a small inserted prayer.
He read it again. He read it again.
His pal had spent his life that way.
The meaning sinking in:

“Lord,
Help me remember that nothing
Is going to happen to me today
That you and I together can’t handle.
— Old preacher’s greeting to a new day”

Placing the Christmas card on the mantel
He was overcome with gladness.
Thinking: “What a wonderful friend!”
Gone was his grief. Gone was his sadness!

      — Charles B. Mayes 

An Unopened Christmas Card © 2021  by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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“Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble” [Holy Bible-Proverbs 17:17-MSG]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.  As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

Very Moving

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

Complimentary in Faith

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

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If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

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 Christmas Eve Poem

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Eve Poem

Luke 2:14

This is my Christmas Eve poem.
I hope that it will bless,
With a few verses,
About this holiday loved best!

The carolers joyously singing,
From house to house they go.
The children eagerly sledding
In the new white fallen snow.

The stores remaining opened.
The crowds quickly flooding in.
The pop-up corner tree lots –
The evergreens are trimmed.

The church’s doors staying opened,
With a glow of lights within.
The creche stands in the front
Showing those who worship Him.

The gathered circle holding hands,
Of friends both old and new.
A Christmas prayer they pray.
It is something very true.

That peace on earth will come,
As we trust in Jesus Christ,
Born on that Christmas day
And for us was sacrificed.

The stores completely closed.
The sleds all put away.
The carolers quiet, quite.
No more trees to display.

The congregation leaves,
Feeling refreshed, renewed,
Into the cold night air,
An upswing in their mood.

That is my Christmas Eve poem.
I hope that it has blessed,
With a few verses,
About this holiday loved best!

     — Charles B. Mayes

A Christmas Eve Poem © 2021  by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” [Holy Bible – Luke 2:14 – NIV]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.  As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

Very Moving

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

Complimentary in Faith

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

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If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

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

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

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Joyfully, All We People Come

 

 

 

 

 

Joyfully, All We People Come

Psalm 122:1
Psalm 100:4-5

Joyfully, all we people come
To the House of the Lord.
Worshiping Him and praising Him,
Singing with one accord.

Thanking Him, all of us today
For coming to show His love.
Seeing what He’s done before,
Leaving from Heav’n above.

 

 

Fellowship so very sweet,
Greeting all – everyone.
Smiling and laughing faces
Becoming one in the Son.

 

 

Listening now to His Word,
Quiet as we can be.
Letting His Spirit guide us
In His grace, we are freed!

 

 

 

Partaking of unleavened bread
And shimmering fruit of the vine.
Remembering Him on Calvary
As we spiritually dine.

 

 

Stirring waters once again
As many go down inside.
Showing us through Baptism
He rose right after He died.

 

 

Giving to God – a cheerful time,
With deep joy in our hearts.
Out-giving God, how can it be,
Who showed us from the start?

 

 

Praying for one another,
Taking hands across the aisle.
Asking for Christian unity
And help with all our trials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyfully, all we people go
From the House of the Lord.
Telling ones all about Him
So they will be restored.

Thanking Him, all of us today
For coming to show His love.
Seeing what He’s done before,
Leaving from Heav’n above.

— Charles B. Mayes

Joyfully, All We People Come © 2021  by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Worshiping God is a real privilege!  “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ ”  [Holy Bible – Psalm 122:1]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.
As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

Very Moving

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

Complimentary in Faith

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

_______________________________________

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 these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

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

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

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10th Anniversary

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[ChristianPoetryPublishing.WordPress.com / WordsOnTheWay.com / HisPoems.com]

November 2011 – November 2021
“To Rally ‘Round – A Little Closer to Heaven”

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10 (Holy Bible – NIV)
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Anniversary 10 – Amen

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 individuals, 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.

“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.
As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

MY APPRECIATION also to Samuel Rondón Acevedo who has done an excellent job translating  some of my poems into Spanish.

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

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.

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

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

“You keep writing, I’ll keep reading!” Steven C., Oregon.

God bless!

TOP 20 POST VISITS November 2011 – November 2021 in Order from Greatest to Least

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. Running to the Tomb
13. New Year
14. Mother and George Washington
15. When I Right a Poem – Rabid to Write / When the Blessings Come
16. Holding Jesus / The Day Before Thanksgiving
17. The Last Thanksgiving
18. A Prayer for America
19. I Prayed for You Today / Christmas Memories / Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading (with Actions)
20. He’s Already Taken Care of It / Joy in the Morning

TOP 20 POST VISITS BY COUNTRY November 2012 – November 2021 in Order from Greatest to Least [2011 – Not Available]

1. United States
2. Canada
3. United Kingdom
4. China
5. Germany
6. France
7. India
8. Indonesia
9. Philippines
10. Hong Kong SAR China
11. Brazil / Netherlands
12. Russia
13. Venezuela / Australia
14 South Korea
15. Japan / Finland
16. Italy
17. Kenya / Nigeria
18. Bahamas / Barbados / Mexico / Singapore / United Emirates
19. Spain
20. South Africa

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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Catchya Later, God

 

 

 

Catchya Later, God

Hebrews 2:1

I’ll catchya later, God.
I got so much to do.
Helping with my family.
Things going on, new.

Gotta do the budget.
Gotta wash the clothes.
Put them in the dryer.
Trim the outside rose.

Take care of the mail.
File those important papers.
Drive the kids to school.
Make time for holiday capers.

Plan a birthday party.
Head for the bank.
Help my neighbor mow.
Feed fish in the tank.

I’ll catchya later, God.
Just carelessly
Slip sliding away
From daily victory.

        — Charles B. Mayes

Catchya Later, God © 2021 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” – Hebrews 2:1 (Holy Bible – NIV)

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ALMOST BECOMING FRIENDS

This poem [Reflecting] is wonderful!!!  As I think back I can reflect on the Bible lessons some since childhood. The characters almost become friends to us, knowing about their lives. Thank you for bringing them to mind again.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

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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Faux Painting

Faux Painting

My niece moved here recently from Colorado. Before the family of five arrived, I spent many hours making plans involving them and fantasizing about all the things we’d be able to do together now that they’d be close by. Of course they were not consulted and had no idea of my grand plans.

I’ve made such plans for years for all of my family. My sister does the same, and we consult regularly about our wishful thinking. We realized that we learned this habit from our mom, who made plans for us and our families involving increasingly elaborate details–the older she became, the more time she had to let her imagination run wild. Now we are retired and have more time, especially in the long months of pandemic confinement, and guess what? We now do the same.

For the last few years we’ve referred to this consuming pastime as “painting”– using our well-worn paint brushes to create an ideal picture of what we want to happen and then place everyone in it. By the time we’ve completed a picture, it is no longer a sketch but a veritable masterpiece using every color on the palette. This is a clear example of the Murphy’s Law that says the job expands to the amount of time at hand! According to Proverbs 17:24, “A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.” The extent of these musings is not only foolish but also a sure set-up for disappointment.

I read a large scale study that showed participants spent on average 47% of their waking time daydreaming. It distracts our attention from the present and focuses on what we’d like to see in the future, a stream of consciousness that detaches us from real life and responsibilities. Proverbs 19:21 states, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Though a little daydreaming can be a delightful escape, it sounds like I need to stop planning other peoples’ lives, recalibrate my thinking, and set my focus on the truth of God’s Word.

In Revelation 21 and 22, the apostle John paints a detailed picture of the dazzling beauty of the New Jerusalem where all believers will dwell with God for all eternity. Unlike my faux painting, this picture is God’s truth. The Bible provides clear instructions on how to get ready. I’m trying hard to put my paint brush away at least most of the time and think about that.

Faux Painting © September 2021 by Bonnie Barthel. All Rights Reserved.

Graphic: weinstock – pixabay.com

I am so happy again to have our guest author for this post, Bonnie Barthel. I have known Bonnie for several years and she has a wonderful walk with our Lord despite many setbacks in life. She challenges us to not keep planning for others, but focus on the truth of God’s Word.

Happy Fall !

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Independence Day

Independence Day

It’s the Fourth of July,
Called just July 4th.
It’s Independence Day,
Celebrating America’s start!

The bass drum beating.
The band starting the parade.
A red, white, and blue banner
Showing the way.

American Legion members,
Striding right in step,
Bearing the colors
Still with a lot of pep.

Citizen’s costumed on a float
To honor soldiers’ stories,
The Veterans History Project,*
Brave persons, many in glory.

The crowd cheers,
The crowd applauds,
Recalling freedom,
Thanking God.

Enjoying picnics,
Child and adult, all.
Hot dogs, chips, watermelon,
Then some softball.

And then in the evening,
It’s an American tradition,
Displaying fireworks
In the air – ignition.

The Fourth of July
Comes only once a year,
But a day to remember
For America, very dear.

— Charles B. Mayes

Independence Day © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

*”The Veterans History Project (Library of Congress) of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.” [https://www.loc.gov/vets/]

Graphic Credits:
Flag – Neoqlassic – pixabay.com
Marching Band – StillWorkslmagery – pixabay.com
Color Guard – clp1226 – pixabay.com
Flag with Overlays- TammyatWTI – pixaby.com
Cub Scouts – ghcassel – pixabay.com
Frozen Fruit Treats – Jill Wellington – pixabay.com
Fireworks – pixabay.com
Girl with Pinwheel – mintchipdesigns – pixabay.com

Happy Independence Day!

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ALMOST BECOMING FRIENDS

This poem [Reflecting] is wonderful!!!  As I think back I can reflect on the Bible lessons some since childhood. The characters almost become friends to us, knowing about their lives. Thank you for bringing them to mind again.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

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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NOT Alone

NOT Alone

When I first moved to The Villages in late 2016, it was the first time in my life I ever lived alone.  I soon visited our Chapel, but only attended a few times before my cancer returned.  Following surgery and various treatments, I experienced horrendous after effects and multiple hospitalizations, and was homebound nearly 2 years – home alone in my new home where I knew almost no one.

God had already put me through prior periods of “training” with a brain tumor, prior cancer, and the heartbreak of divorce.  I KNEW he was faithful then and that he would be faithful again.  You may be feeling lonely during these extended months of pandemic isolation, and you too can recall how God has sustained you in the past.  Psalm 77:11-13, I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; yea, I will remember thy wonders of old.  I will meditate on all thy work, and muse on thy mighty deeds.  Thy way, O God, is holy.  What god is great like our God?

Focus on God is a deliberate, conscious CHOICE.  It’s okay to get on the Pity Pot, but NOT to stay on it!  Our two choices are to 1)  remain tearful and fearful, thus adding to our problems by dwelling on them; or 2) trust the Lord.  As the words of the old hymn say, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.  Choose to abandon the negativity.  2 Cor 10:5, …take every thought captive

A wondrous part of being a Christian is being part of the Body of Christ,  The family of God for me includes two congregations I belonged to before moving here.  When I needed prayer and support, the Chapel Prayer Team was there for me even though I did not yet know them.  All three of these church families upheld me in prayer.  We truly are NOT alone.  Even Moses needed Aaron and Hur to hold him up (Ex 17).

God has specifically placed each one of us in our particular homes.  This time of continuing social restrictions is the perfect time to show our neighbors that they are not alone–someone cares!  This past year is the first time I’ve ever made daily walks a habit, an easy thing to do with all the extra time and living in this beautiful locale brimming with God’s creation.  As I leave my front door each day, I pray that God will make me a blessing to someone, lead me to someone who needs a smile or encouragement, that he’ll guide my steps. Often I do pass others for such “divine appointments” just as you may do.  Pray for boldness to speak his truth and be prepared to give account of the hope that is within … (1 Pet 4:5). We must use our words to give hope and give God glory.  We KNOW God is faithful.

NOT Alone © March 2021 by Bonnie Barthel. All Rights Reserved.

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I am so happy to have a guest author for this post, Bonnie Barthel. I have known Bonnie for several years and she has a wonderful walk with our Lord despite many setbacks in life. She challenges us to be faithful to Him no matter what the circumstances.

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Happy Easter!

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Our USA Congress Prayer and Our American Prayer

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Our USA Congress Prayer

We should pray for all in Congress
To know Jesus Christ as their friend.
To know Him personally from within.
To follow God’s Word, start to end.

Jesus Christ is their only Hope
For Salvation of their soul.
To live with God in Heaven
Should be their priority goal.

We need to pray for all of Congress
Who do not follow Him.
He is the only light they have.
Now their trust and Salvation needs to begin.

Our American Prayer

If we all follow Jesus in the USA,
Then our freedom will come back,
Just as it has been taken away.
Pray! . . . Pray! . . Pray!

— Charles B. Mayes

Our USA Congress Prayer and Our American Prayer © 2021 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We should pray for our USA Congress and for each other as citizens of this country.  Our only hope is Jesus Christ.

If you have stopped by my site for awhile, I really appreciate you. I also thank my loyal followers who receive this by email or through WordPress. May God richly bless all of you!

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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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Curtain Up!

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 dialogue 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.

— Charles B. Mayes

Curtain Up! © 2021 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
Graphic:  StuartMiles – freerangestock.com

I usually write something here about my poems.  The inspiration for this one comes from two persons.

The first is my high school communication teacher, Joan [/Jo-Ann/] Murray-Hogan.  She taught English, speech, radio and TV broadcasting, and drama; and was active in productions for many years.  We enjoy talking on the phone from time to time.

The second is Steve Dini, a spokesman and on-camera talent, who has been teaching high school film studies, radio broadcasting, and drama for many years.  I met Steve during an internship I did at KICU-TV.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

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CHOOSES TO LIVE IN THE BLESSING

I loved your last poem, ‘Living in the Blessing: A Christmas Thanksgiving,‘ and I’m making a conscious choice to ‘live in the blessing’ of this Holy season.”  Anonymous

SHARING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holding Jesus

Luke 2:22-40

The day after Christmas,
Still relishing joy and cheer,
Thinking of Simeon and Anna,
Who both met baby Jesus, dear.

Devout Simeon asked to see
The Messiah’s face
Before he died, then was answered –
Holding God’s salvation and grace.

Joseph and Mary marveled
At what he said.
Simeon blessed them,
But warned Mary of what’s ahead.

Aged Prophet Anna, a widow for many years,
Daily at the Temple fasting and praying,
So pleased to see Jesus,
Thanksgiving and redemption saying.

We can also hold Jesus.
Have we been wanting to start,
In expectation and hope,
To hold Him in our hearts?

— Charles B. Mayes

Holding Jesus © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.
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CHOOSES TO LIVE IN THE BLESSING

I loved your last poem, ‘Living in the Blessing: A Christmas Thanksgiving,‘ and I’m making a conscious choice to ‘live in the blessing’ of this Holy season.”  Anonymous

VERY MOVING

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

SHARING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL

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

 

 

 

 

Passage Into Heaven

(Based On: Psalm 19:1; John 3:16)

For God You are
Creator
Master of the
Heavens
Angels as Your
Servants
Guardians of our
Souls
With acknowledgement that
Christ Jesus
Is the Son of God and our
Lord
Shall be our passage
Into Heaven

       — By Floyd Wolfe

Passage Into Heaven © 2020 by Floyd Wolfe. All Rights Reserved.
Graphic: Sweet Publishing / New Harvest Ministries International – FreeBibleimages.org

As we especially think about the recent extremely rare alignment of Saturn and Jupiter, we remember the general revelation of God in the words of the Psalmist, David, as follows:
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” (Holy Bible – Psalm 19:1 – RSV)

We also remember the special revelation when Jesus Christ, the Son of David as a descendant, said the following:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Holy Bible – John 3:16 – ESV)

Today, I am again presenting the work of Floyd Wolfe, my friend and gifted poet.  When I was sitting in our Bible class at church and looking on the whiteboard I would many times see Floyd’s sayings or short poems “published.”   His insights always make me think, bringing me closer to the Lord.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Living in the Blessing: A Christmas Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

Living in the Blessing:
A Christmas Thanksgiving

The kid wanted that bike all year.
Smiling, walking quickly toward the tree,
The climax of begging his parents daily,
The shiny bike was there.  See!

As he jumped on it,
“It doesn’t have a horn –
A beeping one, with a red button!”
He looked so forlorn.

So from that time
To the next Yuletide
He kept pleading for the horn.
Greater, greater, greater magnified.

Then when Christmas arrived,
The next year,
The blaring horn on his bike
Appeared.

He had the blessing,
But it turned out bittersweet
Because he wasn’t satisfied
With only that bike to keep.

Shouldn’t we live in the blessing
This Christmas and all way?
Shouldn’t we thank God for it
Each and every day?

        — Charles B. Mayes

Living in the Blessing: A Christmas Thanksgiving  © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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RELATING ORNAMENTS TO GIFTS

“Really like this poem. [Christmas Is A Family Time / Navidad es época familiar]                  My favorite line was about the star not being on the tree.  Also relating the ornaments to the gifts from the wise men.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

SHARING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL

“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”                         Travis B., Asbury, WV.
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Every Day’s A Good Day

 

 

 

Every Day’s A Good Day

Chorus:

Every day’s a good day
With Jesus in my heart.
Every day’s a good day
When evil does depart.

Every day’s a good day
Right from the start.
Every day’s a good day
With Jesus in my heart.

Verse 1:
Looking at those stormy clouds
I say it’s oh so bad.
I feel it’s not a great day
My face appears so sad.
I see beyond the clouds
To heaven above
And next I’m drenched
With God’s wondrous love.

Chorus

Verse 2:
I didn’t get a lot of sleep
And tossed and turned all night.
My eyes can barely open
And blurry is my sight.
I take each moment one by one,
Thankful for His sacrifice.
He helps me through the day
I trust in Jesus Christ.

Chorus

Verse 3:
I read the news today.
I think it’s not so good.
The day could be so frightening
In all likelihood.
Hard times are always with us
So why stew and fret?
The Savior guides me past them.
He’s never failed me yet.

Chorus

Verse 4:
Staying at my home sweet home
I shelter in place.
But really I now live
By God’s marvelous grace.
Wearing a mask and distancing,
I hope in His Son.
And then I dwell in beautiful peace
Because He’s my only One.

— Charles B. Mayes

Every Day’s A Good Day  © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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SPEAKS VOLUMES

Windows to the Soul is really good and speaks volumes about what a lot of people are thinking.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

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 WordsontheWay.com or ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

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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Introducing – WordsontheWay.com

 

 

 

 

Introducing – WordsontheWay.com

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com has a new companion website  domain – WordsontheWay.com

WordsontheWay.com is a fast way to get to ChristianPoetryPublishing.com typing less characters!

WordsontheWay.com presents words about the Way, Jesus Christ:
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ ” [Holy Bible – John 14:6 – NIV]

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“However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,” [Holy Bible – Acts 24:14 – NIV]

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When Our Preacher Came to Dinner

When Our Preacher Came to Dinner

It’s something I’ll always remember,
When our preacher came to dinner.
Not what you’d think –
Nothing about Heaven or sinners.

He stepped in the door smiling.
Our family loved that man of God.
He enjoyed telling jokes and stories
Almost everywhere he trod.

Mother had the best spread
With roast and all the trimmings,
And apple pie for dessert.
My anticipation brimming.

But she called me to another room
And declared the meat I must pass.
“Not plenty for us all,” she revealed.
“Not enough to last.”

I knew my favorite pie
Would be at the end of the way.
Mouth watering.
The highlight of my day.

“You didn’t eat all your dinner.”
Mother broke the silence of the group.
“So no dessert for you!”
Then I knew I’d been duped.

But this didn’t really happen.
It was from someone who’s a good spinner.
Guess who told this story at the table,
When our preacher came to dinner?

— Charles B. Mayes

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Pullin’ and Prayin’

 

 

 

 

 

Pullin’ and Prayin’

Psalm 107:17-22

I’m pullin’ and prayin’
For you to come through.
Your health failed again,
But your job you must go to.

You’re gaunt and frail.
You were once muscular strong.
Now your face is drawn.
Your vigor all gone.

But God will answer.
I’m sure of this now.
His healing energy.
His healing power.

You’re looking better
As time goes on.
Strength returning –
A phenomenon

Laughter returns
Like the good old days.
Still pullin’ and prayin’
That this all will stay.

— Charles B. Mayes

Pullin’ and Prayin’ © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

When you have a relative that has been very ill, and you want them so badly to get well, and you pray for them, and God answers — it is so wonderful!  You then continue to pray that they will stay in good health.

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Windows to the Soul

Windows to the Soul

Proverbs 15:30

With the face masks and all,
When you look around these days,
In the essential stores or outside walking,
You notice a lot of eyes coming your way.

Although you don’t see any mouths,
Because they’re colorfully bound.
What’s happening under there?
You hope a smile, not a frown.

“The eyes are windows to the soul.”
Squinting, wide, wistful,
Downcast, upward looking,
Caring.

Serious, hurt, surprised,
Blinking, twinkling, gazing,
Glancing, darting, evading,
Glaring.

Most follow the safety rules,
Peering over assorted covers.
But even seeing only eyes –
Let’s take time to enjoy each other.

— Charles B. Mayes

Windows to the Soul © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

“Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.”  [Holy Bible – Proverbs 15:30- NIV]

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I Don’t Have a Father

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Don’t Have a Father
(Psalm 68:5)

I don’t have a father:
No father with whom to play.
No father to help with homework.
No father image each day.

My friends are the same.
For years, it’s so hard.
An emptiness in our families.
One missing, one apart.

A man I met as a teen –
Said, “I am here for you like a fill-in dad.”
He’s my Sunday School teacher.
My life for me – now not so sad.

He told me about his Father God,
Who led my life to change.
He explained about His Son Jesus.
Now my thinking rearranged.

I have a Father,
My emptiness is gone.
He cares for me.
Makes me glad and strong.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Don’t Have A Father © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Many children in our country and all over the world do not have a father present in the home.  However, God said that He would be “a father to the fatherless”.  [Holy Bible – Psalm 68:5 – NIV]

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading

 

 

 

 

 

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading

I dream I’m here.
I walk over the greenest grass,
And see the bluest sky.
It’s heaven. The streets like golden glass.

And with me and you –
A big smile on every face.
There’s no Sun or Moon
Because God lights up this place.

With lofty slides, swift swings, and bouncy trampolines,
The playground is triple fun
Where the playing keeps on –
I am never done.

Then I get to sit on Jesus’ lap.
He laughs with me.
(The Savior with the scarred hands and feet.)
Then I jump up and run. I feel so happy and free.

I could dream for along time.
Heaven’s there forever –
An eternity.
I would want to leave, never.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading  © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Ascension Day is celebrated, in some churches, 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection honoring when He ascended to Heaven.  We know that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again!  [See John 14:1-4 and Acts 1:9-11 – Holy Bible.]

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading is written to be used as a Choral Reading, but could also be a Readers’ Theater by dividing up the verses among the children and having them read different parts. It is meant for children in the Elementary grades.

I hope that you will enjoy having your children perform this or read the poem itself!

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 Happy Ascension Day!

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Riding in the Wheelbarrow

Riding in the Wheelbarrow

By – Charles B. Mayes

I am reminded of the preacher’s old illustration about an expert tightrope walker who was at Niagara Falls.  The rope was already stretched between his side and other side.  He said that he was going to cross the Falls on the tightrope pushing a wheelbarrow.  The crowd was amazed at his statement.

Then he asked the group, “How many believe that I can walk across this tightrope pushing this wheelbarrow all the way to the other side?”  Most of the people raised their hands.

Then he continued by asking, “Who will ride in the wheelbarrow with me pushing it to the other side?”

No one raised their hands.  One version of the story has one person saying “I will ride in it.”  Then the person did ride.  Another version has the person riding in the wheelbarrow, losing faith, and then the tightrope walker carried him to the other side.

What about us?  We have put our trust in our Lord Jesus Christ to take us where He wants.  We have not only thought about getting in the wheelbarrow of faith, but we are now riding in it.

During these hard times, do we keep trusting Him as we ride?  It is not an easy ride.  It is a treacherous ride.  It is a ride where we don’t know our future.

But Who is taking the wheelbarrow across this harmful area?  It is our Master.  He not only keeps us on the swaying rope, but gently calms us all the way to the other side.

Riding in the Wheelbarrow © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

“He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” [Holy Bible – Psalm 112:7 (NIV)]

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Am I Still in the Game?

                                                              

Am I Still in the Game?

Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 16:11

Am I still in the game?
It raced across my mind,
With my Coach
Am I still aligned?

When temptations come daily,
And sometimes I give in.
I didn’t plan to,
But I did it again.

But then I remember
Whose team I’m on.
The other side already defeated,
And mine victoriously won.

Through my Coach, Jesus,
This win I’ll keep.
I still am in the game.
The end line over I leap.

                                                                                 — Charles B. Mayes

Am I Still In The Game? © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Are you still in the game?  It’s not easy following Christ, but the rewards are bountiful.

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Moving Onto the New Year

Moving Onto the New Year

I’m moving onto the New Year
It’s almost New Year’s Eve.
I’m moving onto new memories
That will linger and won’t leave.

The festive hats on the table.
Noisemakers all around.
Pies yet in the refrigerator –
In whip cream they’ll be drown.

The Watch Night at our church
Still brings us closer to our Lord.
A reminder of God’s greatest gift,
Jesus, who we adore.

I cherish my loved ones
Remembering them so true.
There will be no year any better,
Togetherness getting us through.

So, I’m moving onto the New Year.
Keeping on, keeping on every day,
In expectation of God with me,
As His light guides my way.

— Charles B. Mayes

Moving Onto the New Year  © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Holding On To Christmas

Holding On To Christmas

I’m holding on to Christmas
Way past New Year’s Eve.
I’m holding on to memories
That linger and won’t leave.

My tree’s still up.
Opened gifts all around.
Pies yet in the frig –
In whip cream they’ll be drown.

The Christmas lights
Still shine on the Nativity scene.
A reminder of God’s greatest gift,
Baby Jesus even now agleam.

I cherish my loved ones
Remembering them so true.
There could be no season any better
Having togetherness that grew.

So, I’m holding on to Christmas.
I’ll never let it go,
In expectation of next year,
I’ll bask in its afterglow.

— Charles B. Mayes

Holding On To Christmas © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Christmas Morning / Navidad por la mañana

 

 

 

 

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning –
Bells ring.
Christmas morning –
Children sing.

Before gifts
Story read.
Before food
Prayer instead.

Paper flying
Off in a flash.
Thank-yous
In a dash.

Reminding us
Of God’s gift long ago –
Baby presented
His love to show.

Being together,
A big part.
Sharing,
What’s on our heart.

Christmas Morning –
Bells ring.
Christmas morning –
Children sing.

—  Charles B. Mayes

Christmas Morning  © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.   All Rights Reserved.

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Navidad por la mañana

Navidad por la mañana:
suenan las campanas.
Navidad por la mañana:
cantan gregorianas.

Antes de los regalos,
se leen relatos.
Antes de la comida,
oraciones como grato.

Vuelan papeles
que en el aire parpadean.
Son muchas “gracias”
que en el viento se pasean.

Recordándonos
del regalo de Dios tiempo antes.
Un bebé que mostraría
todo su amor irradiante.

Estando juntos,
en gran parte,
compartiendo
nuestro interno baluarte.

Navidad por la mañana:
suenan las campanas.
Navidad por la mañana:
cantan gregorianas.

— Charles B. Mayes

Navidad por la mañana © 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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Feliz navidad y feliz año nuevo.

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The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts / La víspera de Nochebuena: Una lectura en tres actos

 

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The Eve of
Christmas Eve:
A Reading in Three Acts

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Prologue –

There was something even better
Than Christmas Eve this year,
At the church down the road
With the pastors so dear.

It’s that big building.
That’s pretty old.
But a place where the Gospel
Is always lovingly told.

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Act 1 –

The morning of the Eve of Christmas Eve
Would set the stage just right,
For the awe inspiring program
Which would happen just tonight.

The children were all ready.
They’d memorized their parts.
They knew them so well.
They knew them all by heart.

 

 

 

The technician adjusting slides
So sound would be OK,
And also make the lighting
Point exactly the right way.

Mrs. Jones was calling
Some persons she’d invited
To remind them to come
At 7:00 p.m., she’s excited.

This Pastor was praying
Upon his knees this morn’,
That tonight’s program
Would Jesus Christ adorn.

Now just before tonight,
Time for all to rest,
To make this Christmas Eve Eve
The very, very Best.

Act II –

The Eve of Christmas Eve
Was a very special night.
Each person attending
Showed exceptional delight.

First, it was carol time
To sing those old greats,
About the Birth of Jesus.
They could hardly wait.

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Then the children filed in.
The place silent became.
A song about Jesus
The quiet night He came.

The Center was packed
With the children on stage.
Even the balcony full.
The congregation engaged.

This Pastor sat on a couch
By a framed stable scene,
Where he would narrate,
This holy night theme.

Mary and Joseph came out.
No room at the Inn.
No room for Jesus,
Where tonight’s story begins.

 

 

 

With deep feeling
This Brother did read
About the shepherds’ sight,
What they did see.

One child wearing a robe,
And staff in their hand,
Looked up – up – up high
Where the angels did stand.

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Now time for a song
With piano so soft.
A solo is heard, clearly,
Even way up in the loft.

The children kneel and point
To the direction of West,
As this Minister told of the wise men
Who gifted their best.

And then the three boys,
Off, by stage left went.
Another way, than entering
From where they were sent.

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Recitation – a poem.
When would she start?
But soon that powerful last line
“I can give Him my heart.”

This Preacher opened his Bible
And spoke with great zeal.
Birth – Life – Death – Resurrection.
Rebirth in Jesus, he appealed.

And then what happened
Was to everyone’s awe.
The front full – wise seekers,
Everyone saw.

To the world joy –
Melody to the ceiling ascends,
As one voice,
Everyone sang at the end.

Christmas Eve Eve –
What a very special night.
Children and audience –
All hearts Bright.

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Act III –

The Eve of Christmas Eve almost done,
The Lead Pastor came forward
To address the crowd
Before it was over.

This humble man of God,
Said that he cared
About this church
And why it was there.

He encouraged each
To follow their dream,
To use their talents for the Lord
As the children they’d seen.

Epilogue –

Following Christmas Eve Eve
All did linger longer,
Having sweet fellowship
With so much to Ponder.

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—  Charles B. Mayes

The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Today’s reading (poem) is much longer than usual and is based on a real situation of Christmas being on Sunday and the church wanting to have a Christmas Eve Service, so they decided to have it on the Friday evening before Christmas. Thus, the Eve of Christmas Eve!

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La víspera de Nochebuena:
Una lectura en tres actos

La Navidad caerá en domingo
y con ella la Nochebuena, también;
eso podría ser duro para la gente,
y realmente no sería un parabién.

Prólogo

Había algo aún mucho mejor
que la Nochebuena de este año,
en la iglesia al final de la calle
con los queridos pastores de antaño.

Es ese gran y distintivo edificio:
un lugar viejo, de larga duración,
pero en donde el Evangelio
siempre se predica con amor.

La Navidad caerá en domingo
y con ella la Nochebuena, también;
eso podría ser duro para la gente,
y realmente no sería un parabién.

Acto 1

Esa mañana de la Nochebuena
el escenario a la perfección se prepararía
para el asombroso e inspirador programa
el cual solo esta noche ocurriría.

Los niños estaban todos listos,
habían memorizado sus partes.
Se las conocían todas tan bien
que en sus corazones eran estandartes.

 

 

 

El técnico ajusta el audio y los detalles
para que todo funcione de manera perfecta.
Así, también hace que la iluminación
apunte justo en la dirección correcta.

La señora Jones estaba llamando
a algunas de las personas invitadas,
para recordarles que vinieran a la hora:
a las 7:00 p.m.; andaba muy emocionada.

Este Pastor estaba orando
arrodillado esta mañana,
para que el programa de la noche
a Jesucristo bellamente adornara.

Justo antes de esta esperada noche,
es hora de que todos tomen un descanso,
para hacer de esta una buena Nochebuena,
lo mejor de lo mejor: un hermoso remanso.

Acto II

La víspera de la Nochebuena
fue una noche muy especial.
Cada persona que asistió
mostró un deleite excepcional.

Primero, era la hora de los villancicos
para cantar esos grandes añorados,
para cantar sobre el nacimiento de Jesús.
Uno de los eventos más esperados.

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Los niños entonces entraron.
El lugar silencioso se volvió.
Una canción sobre Jesús;
la tranquila noche en la que llegó.

El Centro estaba bien armado,
siendo los niños toda la atención.
Incluso el balcón estaba colmado
por la conmovida congregación.

Este Pastor se sentó en un sofá
con una escena ya montada,
en donde él entonces narraría
este tema de la noche santa.

Con apenas espacio en el albergue,
María y José salieron a medianoche;
con apenas espacio para Jesús,
así comenzó la historia de esta noche.

 

 

 

Con un sentimiento profundo
este hermano al auditorio leyó;
relató la vigilia de los pastores,
y lo que su presencia avistó.

Un niño con una túnica portando,
y un bastón en la mano llevando,
miró arriba, arriba, bien a lo alto,
a donde estaban los ángeles alados.

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Ahora es el momento de una canción,
con el piano, tocado con suave afán.
Se oye un solo, muy claramente,
incluso hasta allá arriba en el desván.

Los niños se arrodillan y señalan,
en dirección al Oeste apuntando,
como este ministro dijo de los sabios
que de lo mejor de sí han ido dando.

Y luego los tres muchachos
por la izquierda fueron despachados,
tomando la vía del escenario
desde donde habìan sido enviados.

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Recitación de un poema,
y la poetiza causa expectación.
Pero pronto, esa poderosa última línea:
“Puedo darle mi corazón.”

Este predicador su Biblia abrió
y con gran celo ante todos habló.
Nacimiento, vida, muerte, resurrección.
Renacimiento en Jesús, apeló.

Y luego lo que pasó a continuación
fue para todos causa de estupor:
el frente lleno de buscadores sabios,
Todos lo vieron como objeto de esplendor.

Para la alegría del mundo,
la melodía ascendió al techo,
y al unísono, como una sola voz
todos cantaron al final del evento.

Esa víspera de nochebuena,
qué noche tan, tan especial.
Los corazones de todos los presentes
iluminados, llenos de brillo torrencial.

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Acto III

La víspera de Nochebuena casi acaba,
así que se adelanta el Pastor presidente
para dirigirse a toda la multitud presente
antes de que el programa culminara.

Este humilde hombre de Dios
expresó ante los presentes su interés.
Habló sobre esta destacada iglesia
y de porqué estaba allí como feligrés.

Alentó a cada uno de los presentes
a seguir apasionadamente sus sueños,
a usar sus talentos para adorar al Señor
así como habían visto de los pequeños.

Epílogo

Después de la víspera de Nochebuena
todos se quedaron compartiendo por más rato,
disfrutando de su dulce compañerismo
y con tanto que reflexionar entre sus tratos.

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— Charles B. Mayes

La víspera de Nochebuena: Una lectura en tres actos© 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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La lectura de hoy (poema) es mucho más larga de lo habitual y se basa en una situación real en que la Navidad fue un domingo, y con la iglesia deseando tener un servicio de Nochebuena, así que decidieron tenerlo el viernes por la noche antes de Navidad. Así, ¡la víspera de la Nochebuena!

Feliz navidad y feliz año nuevo.

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Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading / Los niños saben del Regalo: una lectura navideña

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Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading

Angels to the earth descending,
Full of Christmas joy.
Powerful is their message blending,
“It’s a baby boy.”

Soaring in the sky,
Shepherds see the band.
Saying, “Glory to God in the Highest,”
With Peace to all the land.

They go with haste,
To where the baby lays.
Then worship God and praise Him,
Telling all, along the way.

Then two years pass,
Since the Wise Men saw the Star,
And follow it to Bethlehem.
They follow it afar.

And when they come into the house,
See the Child King!
Gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh,
To Him they humbly bring.

As we think on Christmas Day,
Of this story, very old,
We know the gift that God gives us
Is Jesus, long foretold.

                         — Charles B. Mayes

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Los niños saben del Regalo: una lectura navideña

Los ángeles descienden a la tierra,
con el gozo del nacimiento contemplando.
Poderoso era su mensaje del profetizado,
mientras lo anunciabana cantando.

Volando con gracia arriba en los cielos,
los pastores ven a los divinos alados
mientras dicen “gloria a Dios en las alturas,
y paz en la tierra para los que Él ha aprobado”.

Y los pastores se fueron con prisa
a donde el bebé yacía acostado.
Entonces adoraron a Dios y lo alabaron
proclamando las noticias en todos lados.

Luego transcurrieron dos años
desde que los astrólogos avistaran la señal,
y siguieran dicho astro hasta Belén,
encontrándose con el príncipe celestial.

Y cuando entraron a la casa,
¡vieron al niño que sería el Rey Eterno!
Regalaron oro, olíbano y mirra,
obsequios dignos para un sempiterno.

Mientras recordamos el día de su nacimiento,
de esta relato tan dignamente recordado,
sepamos que el regalo que Dios nos ha dado
es Jesús, desde hace tiempo profetizado.

— Charles B. Mayes

Los niños saben del Regalo: una lectura navideña © 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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Christmas Is A Family Time / Navidad es época familiar

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Christmas Is A Family Time

Christmas is a family time
As it was so long ago,
With Joseph, Mary, and the Baby,
In the stable, as we all know.

They weren’t missing anything
With the Gift right in their sight,
With the angels up in the sky
That very holy night.

The warmth and love that family shared
As shepherds came right away,
To see what had been told them
That first Christmas day.

The family looked in wonder up at the star
Not placed on any tree,
But placed by God up in the air
For them, for you, for me.

And some years later, like ornaments,
The wise men came to give,
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh
To help the family live.

Joseph, Mary, and the Baby,
All had their special part,
As Mary thought, and thought,
And treasured all these things in her heart.

So Christmas is a family time
As it was, long ago, that year,
And now we gather once again
For gift giving, love, and good cheer.

                                      — Charles B. Mayes

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Christmas is a time for families to get together.  This might be with our relatives and/or Church family.

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Navidad es época familiar

Navidad es una época familiar,
como bien lo fue en tiempo pasado,
con José, María y el bebé en el establo,
como ya todos estamos enterados.

No les hacía falta nada,
teniendo el Regalo justo frente a ellos,
con los ángeles arriba en el cielo
contemplando aquel divino momento.

Calor y amor fue lo que esa familia compartió
mientras los pastores estaban a campo raso;
pastores que confirmaron lo que habían escuchado,
de un cumplimiento profético digno de un parnaso.

La familia miró arriba a las estrellas;
no, no fue a ningún árbol decorativo.
Miraron a los astros puestos por Dios en el cielo,
colocados allí como testigos contemplativos.

Y algunos años luego, con ornamnentos,
hombres de sabiduría vinieron con homenaje.
Sus obsequios fueron oro, olíbano y mirra,
para que la familia viviera digna y no en hospedaje.

José, María y el bebé, cada uno en particular
tuvo su parte en este evento tan especial.
María hizo bien, pues pensó, reflexionó y meditó,
y estas cosas en su corazón así atesoró.

Así que navidad es una época familiar,
como bien lo fue hace tiempo, por ese año;
por eso ahora nos reunimos, una vez más,
para hacer dádivas y dar amor, como en antaño.

— Charles B. Mayes

 Navidad es época familiar © 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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A Wonderful Christmas This Year

 

 

 

 

 

A Wonderful Christmas This Year

The presents this year very few,
In fact, only one, maybe two,
But with His birthday here,
We will have Christmas cheer.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

A wonderful Christmas this year
Because there’s nothing to fear.
Long lines won’t matter,
Or traffic to clatter.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

The birth of the Savior,
The angels appear.
The shepherds adore Him.
The Wise men explore Him.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

Though told through the ages,
It’s still precious now.
Little Lord Jesus, we humbly bow.
For His birth grateful, we’re.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

When they looked at the sky above,
They saw the Star shine – His love.
We see stars bright, so clear,
Of His same love, so dear.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

To earth came the Son,
On the Cross it was finished,
No more to be done.
Our life becoming His mirror.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

And in our hearts
We know He’s appeared,
To bless each one,
To draw very near.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

A wonderful Christmas this year
Because there’s nothing to fear.
Long lines won’t matter,
Or traffic to clatter.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The birth of Jesus Christ is not just the “real meaning of Christmas.”  It is the only meaning of Christmas.  This year, no matter what your economy, Christmas is wonderful for each one of us because of what the angel told the shepherds (and us), “Do not be afraid . . . a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. ”  [Holy Bible – Luke 2:10 (NIV)].

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Where It’s Christmas All The Time / En donde es navidad todo el tiempo

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Where It’s Christmas All The Time

Where it’s Christmas all the time
Because there’s joy for you and me –
It isn’t on the earth
But in Heaven, you will see.

The Gift that God has given
Will be realized by us then.
For Christmas in Heaven
Is not just Christmas now and again.

There’ll be our Present, Jesus,
The blessed God of love,
Wrapped by the Holy Spirit
Tying ribbons as a dove.

Where it’s Christmas all the time
There won’t be any snow,
But there are wondrous streets of gold.
That’s where I want to go.

Where it’s Christmas all the time
Because there’s joy for you and me –
It isn’t on the earth
But in Heaven, you will see.

                                     — Charles B. Mayes

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As Christians, we are headed for an eternal Christmas in Heaven!

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En donde es navidad todo el tiempo

En donde es navidad todo el tiempo
porque hay gozo para ti y para mí,
no es en la tierra, sino en el cielo;
como ya verás que es así.

El regalo que Dios ha dado
se hará realidad para nosotros,
ya que navidad en el cielo
no es navidad solo días pocos.

Allí está nuestro Regalo, Jesús,
un bendito dios de amor,
cubierto por el espíritu santo,
cumpliendo su rol de pastor.

En donde es navidad todo el tiempo
nunca se hace invierno, y no hay nieve.
Más bien, hay maravillosas calles doradas,
y es ahí en donde mi vista se conmueve.

En donde es navidad todo el tiempo
porque hay gozo para ti y para mí,
no es en la tierra, sino en el cielo;
como ya verás que es así.

— Charles B. Mayes

En donde es navidad todo el tiempo © 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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Christmas Readings Are A-Comin’

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Readings Are A-Comin’

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  – Holy Bible – Luke 2:19 (NIV)

Christmas is coming and I will be presenting several Christmas readings each in English and Spanish in December.  This is thanks to my excellent translator Samuel Rondón Acevedo.  I really appreciate Samuel’s work!

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The readings will be as follows:

Christmas Morning / Navidad por la mañana

Where It’s Christmas All the Time / En donde es navidad todo el tiempo

Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading / Los niños saben del Regalo: una lectura navideña

Christmas Is A Family Time / Navidad es época familiar

The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts / La víspera de Nochebuena: Una lectura en tres actos

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

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Where Will You Be on Thanksgiving Day?

 

 

 

Where Will You Be on Thanksgiving Day?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
With Grandma and Aunt Kim,
Eating some roast turkey
With all the trimmings?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
Serving potatoes and greens
At the homeless shelter
To those with no means?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
At home by yourself
Enjoying a frozen dinner
Then the Book from a shelf?

Where you be on Thanksgiving Day?
Watching the game
From afternoon ’till night
With only one aim?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
Where it really counts – your heart.
Are you in a thankful place
For what God’s giving you?
Thankfulness to God that never departs?

— Charles B. Mayes

Where Will You Be on Thanksgiving Day? © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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There are many locations that someone might be on Thanksgiving Day, but most important is to truly be thankful to God from our heart wherever we are.

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The Pumpkin Walk

 

 

 

 

 

The Pumpkin Walk

Hurry, hurry, hurry  🙂
Come children and parents, too.
It’s Pumpkin Walk time again,
For everyone like you.

At the church –
Kids “treated” with games.
Safe fun – no one “tricked.”
The music plays shoom, shoom.

‘Round, ’round, ’round
Until the music stops.
Around the chairs they march,
Quickly – chop chop.

Pumpkins for children,
From a short or loooong walk.
“Listen for your number.”
“Be careful, don’t you drop!”

Chomp, chomp, chomp,
Popcorn, and candy made like cotton.
Apple cider to wash it down,
This day won’t be forgotten.

Ha, ha, ha,
A funny puppet show.
Then the Gospel message,
For the kids to know.

Slowly, slowly, slowly 😦
Go children and parents, too.
‘Twas Pumpkin Walk time again,
For everyone like you.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Pumpkin Walk © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The Pumpkin Walk / Harvest Festival / Fair / Celebration, or Hallelujah Night, etc. are used by many churches as a safe alternative to Halloween.  Plus this is an outreach to the community.   I’ve taken some of those Harvest Festival and school Pumpkin Walk memories and put them in the above poem.

I hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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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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This poem [Reflecting] is wonderful!!!  As I think back I can reflect on the Bible lessons some since childhood. The characters almost become friends to us, knowing about their lives. Thank you for bringing them to mind again.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

SHARING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL

“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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When God Brings You Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

When God Brings You Out

Philippians 3:13-14

When God brings you out
No looking back.
Thank Him continuously
So no setbacks.

Remember the pillar,
The wife of Lot?
Not resisting glancing behind.
She turned to salt.

Joseph put in the pit
By his brothers, all.
Forgave them later.
No downfall.

Jonah in the big fish,
Swallowed up.
Thankful to get out.
Frightful and rough.

Jesus says, “It is finished,”
On the cross, no wavier.
He in the tomb, then rose.
Thank God, our Savior!

When God brings you out
No looking back.
Thank Him continuously
So no setbacks.

— Charles B. Mayes

When God Brings You Out © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Graphic:  David Padfield/FreeBibleimages.org / Joseph Forced Into the Deep Cistern

When we have come out of bad situations, even years ago, we must not dwell on these things now in our mind, but continue to thank God for bringing us out, and move forward.  We see this in many Bible examples.

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This poem [Reflecting] is wonderful!!!  As I think back I can reflect on the Bible lessons some since childhood. The characters almost become friends to us, knowing about their lives. Thank you for bringing them to mind again.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

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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Plan It / Planéalo

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Plan It

I Kings 19:12

We plan it and we do it.
We think it works that way,
But sometimes
Our best planned plans just go astray.

Occasionally we see things coming,
But many times not.
There are so many life surprises.
They may leave us distraught.

But one thing’s always certain –
The Lord’s with us now and all the time.
He cares and keeps special watch on us
Just to make sure that we are fine.

So as we continue through our lives,
We must trust the Lord’s will
To gently guide us,
As we listen to His small voice still.

— Charles B. Mayes

Plan It © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

One sure thing is that there will be uncertainly in our lives.  This is when we need to continue to trust our Lord Jesus Christ.  He was and is our Rescuer and Leader.  As Leader, He not only goes before us, but also walks beside us.

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Planéalo

1 Reyes 19:12

Lo planeamos, y lo hacemos.
Creemos que de esa manera funciona,
pero a veces, en la ejecución,
nuestros mejores planes se desmoronan.

En ocasiones vemos las cosas venir,
pero muchas veces no podemos prever:
la vida viene con tantas sorpresas
que nos pueden al fin ensombrecer.

Pero una cosa sí será siempre segura:
el Señor está con nosotros constantemente;
nos cuida manteniendo especial vigilia
para nuestro bienestar hacerlo permanente.

Así que mientras continuamos nuestras vidas,
confiemos en el Señor sobre nuestras almas
para que así nos vaya guiando amorosamente
mientras escuchamos su susurro bajo calma.

— Charles B. Mayes

Planéalo © 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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