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.

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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.

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