Pullin’ and Prayin’

 

 

 

 

 

Pullin’ and Prayin’

Psalm 107:17-22

I’m pullin’ and prayin’
For you to come through.
Your health failed again,
But your job you must go to.

You’re gaunt and frail.
You were once muscular strong.
Now your face is drawn.
Your vigor all gone.

But God will answer.
I’m sure of this now.
His healing energy.
His healing power.

You’re looking better
As time goes on.
Strength returning –
A phenomenon

Laughter returns
Like the good old days.
Still pullin’ and prayin’
That this all will stay.

— Charles B. Mayes

Pullin’ and Prayin’ © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

When you have a relative that has been very ill, and you want them so badly to get well, and you pray for them, and God answers — it is so wonderful!  You then continue to pray that they will stay in good health.

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Windows to the Soul

Windows to the Soul

Proverbs 15:30

With the face masks and all,
When you look around these days,
In the essential stores or outside walking,
You notice a lot of eyes coming your way.

Although you don’t see any mouths,
Because they’re colorfully bound.
What’s happening under there?
You hope a smile, not a frown.

“The eyes are windows to the soul.”
Squinting, wide, wistful,
Downcast, upward looking,
Caring.

Serious, hurt, surprised,
Blinking, twinkling, gazing,
Glancing, darting, evading,
Glaring.

Most follow the safety rules,
Peering over assorted covers.
But even seeing only eyes –
Let’s take time to enjoy each other.

— Charles B. Mayes

Windows to the Soul © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

“Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.”  [Holy Bible – Proverbs 15:30- NIV]

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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.

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I Don’t Have a Father

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Don’t Have a Father
(Psalm 68:5)

I don’t have a father:
No father with whom to play.
No father to help with homework.
No father image each day.

My friends are the same.
For years, it’s so hard.
An emptiness in our families.
One missing, one apart.

A man I met as a teen –
Said, “I am here for you like a fill-in dad.”
He’s my Sunday School teacher.
My life for me – now not so sad.

He told me about his Father God,
Who led my life to change.
He explained about His Son Jesus.
Now my thinking rearranged.

I have a Father,
My emptiness is gone.
He cares for me.
Makes me glad and strong.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Don’t Have A Father © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Many children in our country and all over the world do not have a father present in the home.  However, God said that He would be “a father to the fatherless”.  [Holy Bible – Psalm 68:5 – NIV]

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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.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading

 

 

 

 

 

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading

I dream I’m here.
I walk over the greenest grass,
And see the bluest sky.
It’s heaven. The streets like golden glass.

And with me and you –
A big smile on every face.
There’s no Sun or Moon
Because God lights up this place.

With lofty slides, swift swings, and bouncy trampolines,
The playground is triple fun
Where the playing keeps on –
I am never done.

Then I get to sit on Jesus’ lap.
He laughs with me.
(The Savior with the scarred hands and feet.)
Then I jump up and run. I feel so happy and free.

I could dream for along time.
Heaven’s there forever –
An eternity.
I would want to leave, never.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading  © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Ascension Day is celebrated, in some churches, 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection honoring when He ascended to Heaven.  We know that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again!  [See John 14:1-4 and Acts 1:9-11 – Holy Bible.]

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading 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.

I hope that you will enjoy having your children perform this or read 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

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

 Happy Ascension Day!

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Riding in the Wheelbarrow

Riding in the Wheelbarrow

By – Charles B. Mayes

I am reminded of the preacher’s old illustration about an expert tightrope walker who was at Niagara Falls.  The rope was already stretched between his side and other side.  He said that he was going to cross the Falls on the tightrope pushing a wheelbarrow.  The crowd was amazed at his statement.

Then he asked the group, “How many believe that I can walk across this tightrope pushing this wheelbarrow all the way to the other side?”  Most of the people raised their hands.

Then he continued by asking, “Who will ride in the wheelbarrow with me pushing it to the other side?”

No one raised their hands.  One version of the story has one person saying “I will ride in it.”  Then the person did ride.  Another version has the person riding in the wheelbarrow, losing faith, and then the tightrope walker carried him to the other side.

What about us?  We have put our trust in our Lord Jesus Christ to take us where He wants.  We have not only thought about getting in the wheelbarrow of faith, but we are now riding in it.

During these hard times, do we keep trusting Him as we ride?  It is not an easy ride.  It is a treacherous ride.  It is a ride where we don’t know our future.

But Who is taking the wheelbarrow across this harmful area?  It is our Master.  He not only keeps us on the swaying rope, but gently calms us all the way to the other side.

Riding in the Wheelbarrow © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

“He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” [Holy Bible – Psalm 112:7 (NIV)]

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There Is A Bridge (Hay un puente)

bridges-03There Is A Bridge

Suspended over unfathomed depths,
There is a bridge, not very wide,
But people decide to traverse it daily,
Eyes drawn to the other side.

Some won’t travel this lean span,
But choose a different wider way,
“Plenty of room and safety
To get me across,” they say.

While others know that
This is the only way to go,
Across this stained wood,
Safely from the abyss below.

Of wood and nails,
This bridge was cheaply made,
But with toil and love
A big price once was paid.

You see this Bridge spans
The gap between mankind and God,
And has supported people
Who, one way, from past to now, have trod.

Salvation comes by the Bridge,
Laid down by Christ before,
As He gave His life on the Cross,
So many could cross o’er.

                                                                           — Charles B. Mayes

There Is A Bridge © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

The Bridge between mankind and God is the Cross of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Himself said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6 – NIV – Holy Bible)

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Hay un puente

Suspendido sobre un vacío vasto
Hay un puente, no muy ancho.
Pero la gente decide a diario cruzarlo
Con la mirada puesta en el otro lado.

Algunos no cruzarán este trecho delgado,
Sino que elegirán un camino más amplio.
“Bastante seguro y mucho más espacio
Para cruzar sin riesgos”, dirán confiados.

Mientras tanto, otros estarán enterados
De que este es el camino para ir asegurados;
Afianzados sobre este material desgastado
Para no caer hacia el abismo de abajo.

De maderas y clavos
Este puente fue fabricado,
Pero con amor y trabajo
Un gran precio fue pagado.

Ves que este puente, celestial, bienaventurado,
La brecha entre Dios y la humanidad ha acortado,
Y desde siglos a gente ha sostenido y aguantado
Permitiendo que el camino fuese atravesado.

La salvación viene del Puente
Establecido por Cristo en antaño
Dando su vida en la cruz del calvario
Para que muchos pudieran ser salvos.

           — Charles B. Mayes

Hay un puente © 2020 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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For It’s A Beautiful Day

For It’s A Beautiful Day 

Months of storms do dissipate
The clouds do separate.

The sun will shine
and snow will melt
as the fields turn green
to the birth of Spring.

Flowers will blossom
and bees awake
to now get busy
for harvest sake.

Birds will arrive
to sing their song
to celebrate Spring
that has been gone.

Wildlife abundant
will come to graze
in acceptance
of each new day.

All that has been concealed
this past Winter
has been reborn
with this Spring –

RESURRECTION !

     — Floyd Wolfe

For It’s A Beautiful Day © 2020 by Floyd Wolfe.  All Rights Reserved.

Graphic:  DaveRanck – pixabay.com

Floyd Wolfe, our guest author today, presents a reading about the new birth in Creation as a reminder of Jesus Christ’s bodily resurrection.  Jesus was dead and became alive again.  God’s creation in Spring is new life!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Holy Bible – I Peter 1:3 (NIV).

Happy Easter!

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Easter Is Near

Easter Is Near

Easter is upon us
And is near.

Look not to the Cross
For our Savior is not there,
But remember its symbol
For us He did care.

Look not to the grave
Where He was placed.
For He has risen
To share His grace.

— Floyd Wolfe

Easter Is Near © 2020 by Floyd Wolfe.  All Rights Reserved.

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Today, I am presenting the work of Floyd Wolfe, my friend and gifted poet.  Sitting in our Bible class at church and looking on the whiteboard I see Floyd’s sayings or short poems “published.”   His insights always make me think bringing me closer to the Lord.

Happy Easter!

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Am I Still in the Game?

                                                              

Am I Still in the Game?

Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 16:11

Am I still in the game?
It raced across my mind,
With my Coach
Am I still aligned?

When temptations come daily,
And sometimes I give in.
I didn’t plan to,
But I did it again.

But then I remember
Whose team I’m on.
The other side already defeated,
And mine victoriously won.

Through my Coach, Jesus,
This win I’ll keep.
I still am in the game.
The end line over I leap.

                                                                                 — Charles B. Mayes

Am I Still In The Game? © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Are you still in the game?  It’s not easy following Christ, but the rewards are bountiful.

I appreciate all of you who read my blog including my followers; those from LinkedIn; and those who stop by occasionally.

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Moving Onto the New Year

Moving Onto the New Year

I’m moving onto the New Year
It’s almost New Year’s Eve.
I’m moving onto new memories
That will linger and won’t leave.

The festive hats on the table.
Noisemakers all around.
Pies yet in the refrigerator –
In whip cream they’ll be drown.

The Watch Night at our church
Still brings us closer to our Lord.
A reminder of God’s greatest gift,
Jesus, who we adore.

I cherish my loved ones
Remembering them so true.
There will be no year any better,
Togetherness getting us through.

So, I’m moving onto the New Year.
Keeping on, keeping on every day,
In expectation of God with me,
As His light guides my way.

— Charles B. Mayes

Moving Onto the New Year  © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Happy New Year!

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“Really like this poem. [Christmas Is A Family Time / Navidad es época familiar]                  My favorite line was about the star not being on the tree.  Also relating the ornaments to the gifts from the wise men.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

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