The Other Side of Ministry
The other side of ministry
Is when you feel dark and drear.
It’s when a person says a prayer
Or gives you some good cheer.
It’s when you’ve given to others
All your life through,
But now you feel the comfort
Of what others do for you.
It may be a word, a thought, a prayer
It may be a song or two.
When you know someone cares,
That someone cares for you.
It ministers to you.
In your heart you feel it there.
The precious love and concern
Despite your desperate despair.
The other side of ministry –
You sit there and now receive
And thank the Lord
For that person, who now you relieves.
— Charles B. Mayes
The Other Side of Ministry © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
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Sometimes it’s time to minister to others, and sometimes it is time to be ministered unto. But whichever way it might be at the time, Jesus is always the same. What a great promise and comfort!
I appreciate what Larry Pine wrote in his South Bay Concert News (March) referring to my Poetry Reading on February 6th, 2015, the following:
“The Christian poetry of Charles Mayes added a creative break to the Bethel Hymn Sing. Even poems with motions for Children’s programs . . . ”
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This poem and others 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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