Children Praise the Lord: A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions)

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Children Praise the Lord:
A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions)

From the lofty mountains,
To the valleys deep below,
Children praise the Lord,
Singing His songs as we go.

We clap our hands.
We lift our voices high.
He is our Creator.
We look upward to the sky.

Now it’s time to bow our heads,
And thank Him one by one,
For each and every thing He’s given,
For Jesus Christ, His Son.

*We thank Him for the sunshine.
We thank Him for the rain.
And for the little flowers,
Which grow right up again.

*We thank Him for our parents,
For our Sunday teachers, too.
We thank Him for our Pastor,
Who teach what’s right to do.

We know that He will bless us,
On our trip from young to old.
We are His special children.
He keeps us in His fold.

When we pray our prayers at night,
Extra thanks we’ll give,
For Thanksgiving Day itself,
And for our life to live.

                       — Charles B. Mayes
* Optional Verses

Children Praise the Lord:
A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions) 

From the lofty mountains,
(Hands, palms together, above head.)
To the valleys deep below,
(Hands flat, moving back and forth in front.)
Children praise the Lord,
(Hands raised with palms to audience.)
Singing His songs as we go.
(Cup hands around mouth.)

We clap our hands.
(Clap hands on “clap“.)
We lift our voices high.
(Hands out to the side.)
He is our Creator.
We look upward to the sky.
(Head looks up.)

Now it’s time to bow our heads,
(Bow head.)
And thank Him one by one,
(Hands in praying position, with palms together, pointing up.)
For each and every thing He’s given,
For Jesus Christ, His Son.
(One hand, point index finger up, as #1 gesture.)

*We thank Him for the sunshine.
(Fingers together above head making “the sun“.)
We thank Him for the rain.
(Hands from up to down with fingers wiggling.)
And for the little flowers,
Which grow right up again.
(Hands, with palms up, moving up.)

*We thank Him for our parents,
For our Sunday teachers, too.
We thank Him for our Pastor,
Who teach what’s right to do.
(Open hands, in front, making a “Bible” during above.)

We know that He will bless us,
On our trip from young to old.
(Move hand, with palm down, from very low to very high.)
We are His special children.
He keeps us in His fold.
(Hand, palm down, making wide circular motion.)

When we pray our prayers at night,
Extra thanks we’ll give,
(Hands in praying position, with palms together, pointing up.)
For Thanksgiving Day itself,
And for our life to live.
(Point index finger to chest.)

                                                                                — Charles B. Mayes
* Optional Verses
Embolden Text – Say more loudly.

Children Praise the Lord: A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions) © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.   All Rights Reserved.

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Production Notes:

Children Praise the Lord: A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions)
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.

Notice that the accented words (in bold) are to go right along with the actions. I put these here not only so the actions would reflect the text, but also that the director would get away from any sing songy interpretation of the reading (i.e. a strong accent on the end of each line and/or the rhyming words) so the that the attention of the audience would be centered on the actual meaning.

These motions are only suggestions and the director has the freedom to change them. Some motions could be removed especially if the children are younger. The ideal would be to have one person leading the words; and another, sitting close by, leading the motions.

Please see that there are 2 Optional Verses. These could be used or not depending on the time allowed and/or the age of the children.

You could easily make this into a Children’s Day Reading, for which you  have my permission, by changing the ending to the following:

When we pray our prayers at night,
Extra thanks we’ll give,
For Children’s Day itself,
And for our life to live.

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

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 which can be connected to from outside this site.

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.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which  will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

 

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Musing

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Musing

I loll on the couch
While reflecting creatively,
For hours in the den
As my wife serves iced tea.

Some say –
He’s a snoozer snoozing.
But I say –
I’m just musing.

I contemplate this or that
Pondering my poems today,
Always outside the box
In a novel way.

I stir – a paradigm shift,
Maybe a little word misusing.
But I am project moving
Because I’m really musing

                              — Charles B. Mayes

Musing © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Recently a friend visited our house and asked me how I got the ideas for my poems.  He said, in humor, that I must sit on the couch musing and my wife would bring me iced tea – thus, the motivation for the poem above.

I appreciate you joining me for this little trip down a lighthearted path today.

When we meditate on God’s Word, the Bible, it is really rewarding.  That is the best muse of all!

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.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

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When Children Pray

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When Children Pray

When children pray
They are so sincere.
Right from their hearts,
Without any fear.

They know how to talk
With God as their friend.
They know when to start
And just how to end.

I love to hear them
As I listen silently,
And my faith is lifted
So tenderly.

When children pray
They are so sincere.
Right from their hearts,
Without any fear.

— Charles B. Mayes

When Children Pray © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Illustrations/graphics supplied by GospelGifs.com are copyrighted and used with permission.

Have you ever been able to listen, really listen, to children pray?  What a blessing it is to hear them talk to the Lord!

Thank you, Readers!  You are very important to me.  I prayerfully hope that each of you is doing well, and that God is blessing you daily.

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.

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.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you and have a good Columbus Day!

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