God, Help Me This New Year

Below is a poem from the book, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes, 2011.  The foreword is by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor, International Christian Center, San Jose, California.

God, Help Me This New Year

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of this new book (22 poem chapbook),  A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description,  price, payment, and mailing arrangements as soon as possible.

Thank you.

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When I Write A Poem – Rabid to Write

As we look forward to 2012, I’d like to share a poem which got left on the “cutting room floor” from A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes, 2011.  The foreword is by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of International Christian Center San Jose, California.

I’d also like to thank the “Followers” of my blog.

Happy New Year 2012!!!

When I Right A Poem
   (Rabid to Right)

When I right a poem,
It’s really fun you see.
I’d like to show you,
How it goes for me.

First,  there’s the inspiration,
My mind – it can be soooo dead.
To write just at the very time,
When something comes into my head.

Then the writing itself,
Usually doesn’t take to loooong.
Now for the editing –
Spelling first – allright, as I go along.

“How about this verse instead?
I could say this here.
Why don’t I put that in?
I could say this there.”

“Even I don’t know what I mean by this.
But will the reader know?
Why do I try word plays,
When know one really knows?”

“That line’s convoluted,
Is up all twisted.
Those words don’t really rhyme.
Why don’t I use ‘rested?’ ’’

And then I get a call,
I’ll read it to my rep –
The self-publishing one,
She’ll understand it yet.

I offer to read it on the phone,
She says OK (and she’ll ponder).
I read it in my best voice,
Loudly, because she’s far yonder.

She says how wonderful it is –
And then she starts to cry,
It touched her heart so much,
The best, she says, with a sigh.

She’d now like to publish,
For a limited time.
A deal – a sale – but wait –
All my poems for only $999.00.

I was honored to be honored!
So thrilled was I – I gasp!
But this won’t happen,
Because not enough writ, alas.

So I’ll still continue to
To verse right,
Because I love it so,
Even righting way into the night.

This for my own enjoyment,
And if I had my druthers,
To continue to right for my family
And also for many others.

When I right a poem,
It’s really fun you see.
I’ve now shown you,
How it goes for me.

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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 which can be connected to from outside this site.

I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of  this new book (22 poem chapbook), A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description,  price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

Thank you.

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Christmas Morning

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
Copyright © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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 which can be connected to from outside this site.

The above poem is not from the chapbook, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011.  The foreword is by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of International Christian Center San Jose, California.

I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of this new book (22 poem chapbook),  A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements as soon as possible.

Thank you.

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The Giving Book – Part 2

In my last blog I said that my poem, “The Giving Book,” was just published in a periodical.

But even before I wrote “The Giving Book”  I was thinking that I’d never used a “Giving Book” myself to send any money to a charity.  So I decided to put my money where my words were.

I just saw that the Red Cross now has one, and I was aware of another one, but can’t remember from whom.

The gift catalog  I used was from Franklin Graham’s organization – PO Box 3000; Boone, NC  28607-3000.

I gave some to help a child be able to study the Bible and then receive a New Testament at the completion.  There are so many things that touch a person’s heart in these catalogs, and that was one of the ones for me.

I encourage you to do the same, making a donation, according to your ability to give (Holy Bible – Acts 11:29).

Now here’s the full version of “The Giving Book” poem as in my new chapbook,
A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes.  The foreword is by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of International Christian Center San Jose, California.

The Giving Book

A Currier and Ives Christmas
Is what I’m planning for –
The hearth and decorations,
The wreath upon the door.

The catalogs have already come.
Too many to actually count.
Those chocolate covered cherries,
And Christmas trees that sprout.

And the big ole’ cake,
With candied fruit and nuts,
Comes in that complimentary
Tin from the Season Hut.

But one came the other day.
It was the very best.
The Giving Book,
Had gifts – nothing like all the rest.

These presents are for peoples
All around the world,
To make their lives much better
No matter which flag there unfurled.

You can give these
In the name of someone dear,
To include them
In this Christmas cheer.

You could give a lamb or goat,
Or well to quench the thirst.
There was even a wooden prefab
Old fashioned country church.

There are books for children,
To tell of God’s great love,
And of Jesus His dear Son,
Who came down from above.

Even children who have heart trouble,
To the U.S. they can fly,
To see the doctor – now all fixed up.
So they can live – not die.

Send some fruit or baby chicks.
Teach youth to read and write.
Give some fish to a village,
Which is a great delight.

You don’t have to give for it all,
Part is just OK,
To make someone’s Christmas bright
Is the Christians’ Christmas Way.

Gifts through the Giving Book,
To family and my friends,
Just see the smile upon their face.
One that seems to never end.

A Giving Book Christmas
Is what I’m praying for –
The heart of selfless kindness,
The Christ shines from my door.
— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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 which can be connected to from outside this site.

I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of this new book (22 poem chapbook),  A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements as soon as possible.

Thank you.

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The Giving Book

“The Giving Book” poem has just been published in a periodical.
It was excerpted, and the one below, from what became the new chapbook, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including the Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes.  The foreword is by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of International Christian Center San Jose, California.

The Giving Book

A Currier and Ives Christmas
Is what I’m planning for –
The hearth and decorations,
The wreath upon the door.

The catalogs have already come.
Too many to actually count.
Those chocolate covered cherries,
And Christmas trees that sprout.

But one came the other day.
It was the very best.
The Giving Book,
Had gifts – nothing like all the rest.

These presents are for peoples,
All around the world.
To make their lives much better,
No matter which flag there unfurled.

You could give a lamb or goat,
Or well to quench the thirst.
There was even a wooden prefab
Old fashioned country church.

There are books for children,
To tell of God’s great love,
And of Jesus His dear Son,
Who came down from above.

Even children with heart trouble,
To the U.S. they can fly,
To see the doctor – now all fixed up.
So they can live – not die.

Send some fruit or baby chicks.
Teach youth to read and write.
Give some fish to a village,
Which is a great delight.

A Giving Book Christmas
Is what I’m praying for –
The heart of selfless kindness,
The Christ shines from my door.

— Charles B. Mayes
Copyright © 2011 by Charles Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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 which can be connected to from outside this site.

There are some giving Christmas catalogs where you may help needy persons.  For
example, you could donate money to the charity for a goat in the name of a relative or friend, and then let them know.

You might want to visit the Advent Conspiracy  – http://www.adventconspiracy.com
[Disclaimer –  I do not necessarily endorse all the content of this website,
or any other websites linked to it.]

I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area.  If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of this new book (22 poem chapbook),  A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements as soon as possible.

Thank you.

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