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]

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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 – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)