Christmas Is Finally Over!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Is Finally Over!

Luke 2:20

Christmas is finally over!
Now you can go back to normal –
To “regular scheduled programming.”
Away from this Yuletide formal.

No listening to Christmas songs
Ad nauseam that noisily swell,
At the grocery store,
Like “Come On Ring Those Bells.”

Your eyes won’t be hurt
As you try to drive at night
By those overdone gaudy
Christmas lights.

Don’t forget the political news
That captures the airwaves –
Left, Center, Right and Between,
All that socially saves.

On Facebook,
Comments about polite posts again,
Making snide mocking remarks,
No more good will toward men.

As you walk by today
No irritating high-pitched bell
Rung by the Red Kettle person
Raising Heaven.

Christmas is really over!
You don’t have to go back to normal.
You can continue praising God
Even after this Yuletide formal.

— Charles B. Mayes

Christmas Is Finally Over!  © 2021  by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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I hope that my satirical poem helps us remember to think about Christmas all year and to continue praising God!

“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”  (Holy Bible – Luke 2:20 – NIV)

Happy New Year!

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” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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No Christmas Without You

 

 

 

 

 

No Christmas Without You

Luke 2:6-7

There would be no Christmas without You
In spite of this time of the year –
No sights or sounds of the season,
Without You it would be drear.

No tree in the living room.
No presents in place.
No music from the MP3.
Only dreams we would chase.

Over 2,000 years ago
A baby in a manger.
You were born in Bethlehem
For all a life changer.

From a throne You came
To a humble barn,
Loved by Joseph and Mary
Holding You safely in arms.

One day You’re rejected,
Killed for the sins of humankind,
Rising from the dead, glorious,
Opening the hearts of the blind.

There would be no Christmas without You.
In spite of this time of the year –
No sights or sounds of the season,
Without You it would be drear.

       — Charles B. Mayes

No Christmas Without You © 2021  by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,  and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”  (Holy Bible – Luke 2:6-7 – NIV)

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Very Moving

“I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK.

Complimentary in Faith

“Love your poetry writing! So complimentary in the common faith!” Chanel B., DE.

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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

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A Christmas Eve Poem

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Eve Poem

Luke 2:14

This is my Christmas Eve poem.
I hope that it will bless,
With a few verses,
About this holiday loved best!

The carolers joyously singing,
From house to house they go.
The children eagerly sledding
In the new white fallen snow.

The stores remaining opened.
The crowds quickly flooding in.
The pop-up corner tree lots –
The evergreens are trimmed.

The church’s doors staying opened,
With a glow of lights within.
The creche stands in the front
Showing those who worship Him.

The gathered circle holding hands,
Of friends both old and new.
A Christmas prayer they pray.
It is something very true.

That peace on earth will come,
As we trust in Jesus Christ,
Born on that Christmas day
And for us was sacrificed.

The stores completely closed.
The sleds all put away.
The carolers quiet, quite.
No more trees to display.

The congregation leaves,
Feeling refreshed, renewed,
Into the cold night air,
An upswing in their mood.

That is my Christmas Eve poem.
I hope that it has blessed,
With a few verses,
About this holiday loved best!

     — Charles B. Mayes

A Christmas Eve Poem © 2021  by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” [Holy Bible – Luke 2:14 – NIV]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.  As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

Very Moving

“I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK.

Complimentary in Faith

“Love your poetry writing! So complimentary in the common faith!” Chanel B., DE.

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If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of 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

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Anniversary 10 – Amen

By – Charles B. Mayes

IN 2008 SOME HARD CIRCUMSTANCES opened my eyes to my total dependence on God. From this emerged my ministry of writing Christian poetry readings seriously and frequently.

“I do enjoy the poems and they do always point to Jesus.” Anonymous

THROUGH THE YEARS as I’ve been on the website, I also distributed printed readings through individuals, churches, and the LifeWay Christian Store community center.

“Love your poetry writing! So complimentary in the common faith!” Chanel B., DE.

I WANT TO THANK all my email and WordPress followers, LinkedIn readers, and visitors to my website for your continued support.

“I’m sorry that it took me so long to thank you for your wonderful gift of poetry.
As I was reading your poem, [Independence Day] the images of the people celebrating Independence Day and being proud of this day came to me as if I was watching a nice short movie. I was very moved.” Daisuke (Luke) S., Mountain View, CA.

MY APPRECIATION also to Samuel Rondón Acevedo who has done an excellent job translating  some of my poems into Spanish.

“I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK.

ALSO THANKS to my sisters, Nancy and Cherry, and Pastor P.T. Mammen for their encouragement from the beginning.  I appreciate the excellent editing of my wife, Dolores.  I thank my nephew, William, for helping greatly with the domain.

“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”  Travis B., Asbury, WV.

LORD WILLING, I want to continue to minister through these poetry readings.

“You keep writing, I’ll keep reading!” Steven C., Oregon.

God bless!

TOP 20 POST VISITS November 2011 – November 2021 in Order from Greatest to Least

1. Home Page / Archives
2. A New Year Resolution
3. God, Help Me This New Year
4. Changes
5. The Old Country Church
6. About the Author
7. Children Praise the Lord: A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions)
8. Children Know the Resurrection: An Easter Sunday Reading
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9. New Book Ministers to Readers
10. Harvest Festival Time
11. I Don’t Have a Father
12. Running to the Tomb
13. New Year
14. Mother and George Washington
15. When I Right a Poem – Rabid to Write / When the Blessings Come
16. Holding Jesus / The Day Before Thanksgiving
17. The Last Thanksgiving
18. A Prayer for America
19. I Prayed for You Today / Christmas Memories / Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading (with Actions)
20. He’s Already Taken Care of It / Joy in the Morning

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4. China
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16. Italy
17. Kenya / Nigeria
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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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Holding On To Christmas

Holding On To Christmas

I’m holding on to Christmas
Way past New Year’s Eve.
I’m holding on to memories
That linger and won’t leave.

My tree’s still up.
Opened gifts all around.
Pies yet in the frig –
In whip cream they’ll be drown.

The Christmas lights
Still shine on the Nativity scene.
A reminder of God’s greatest gift,
Baby Jesus even now agleam.

I cherish my loved ones
Remembering them so true.
There could be no season any better
Having togetherness that grew.

So, I’m holding on to Christmas.
I’ll never let it go,
In expectation of next year,
I’ll bask in its afterglow.

— Charles B. Mayes

Holding On To Christmas © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Happy New Year!

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RELATING ORNAMENTS TO GIFTS

“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.

SHARING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL

“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”                         Travis B., Asbury, WV.
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Christmas Morning / Navidad por la mañana

 

 

 

 

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning –
Bells ring.
Christmas morning –
Children sing.

Before gifts
Story read.
Before food
Prayer instead.

Paper flying
Off in a flash.
Thank-yous
In a dash.

Reminding us
Of God’s gift long ago –
Baby presented
His love to show.

Being together,
A big part.
Sharing,
What’s on our heart.

Christmas Morning –
Bells ring.
Christmas morning –
Children sing.

—  Charles B. Mayes

Christmas Morning  © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.   All Rights Reserved.

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Navidad por la mañana

Navidad por la mañana:
suenan las campanas.
Navidad por la mañana:
cantan gregorianas.

Antes de los regalos,
se leen relatos.
Antes de la comida,
oraciones como grato.

Vuelan papeles
que en el aire parpadean.
Son muchas “gracias”
que en el viento se pasean.

Recordándonos
del regalo de Dios tiempo antes.
Un bebé que mostraría
todo su amor irradiante.

Estando juntos,
en gran parte,
compartiendo
nuestro interno baluarte.

Navidad por la mañana:
suenan las campanas.
Navidad por la mañana:
cantan gregorianas.

— Charles B. Mayes

Navidad por la mañana © 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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Feliz navidad y feliz año nuevo.

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The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts / La víspera de Nochebuena: Una lectura en tres actos

 

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The Eve of
Christmas Eve:
A Reading in Three Acts

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Prologue –

There was something even better
Than Christmas Eve this year,
At the church down the road
With the pastors so dear.

It’s that big building.
That’s pretty old.
But a place where the Gospel
Is always lovingly told.

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Act 1 –

The morning of the Eve of Christmas Eve
Would set the stage just right,
For the awe inspiring program
Which would happen just tonight.

The children were all ready.
They’d memorized their parts.
They knew them so well.
They knew them all by heart.

 

 

 

The technician adjusting slides
So sound would be OK,
And also make the lighting
Point exactly the right way.

Mrs. Jones was calling
Some persons she’d invited
To remind them to come
At 7:00 p.m., she’s excited.

This Pastor was praying
Upon his knees this morn’,
That tonight’s program
Would Jesus Christ adorn.

Now just before tonight,
Time for all to rest,
To make this Christmas Eve Eve
The very, very Best.

Act II –

The Eve of Christmas Eve
Was a very special night.
Each person attending
Showed exceptional delight.

First, it was carol time
To sing those old greats,
About the Birth of Jesus.
They could hardly wait.

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Then the children filed in.
The place silent became.
A song about Jesus
The quiet night He came.

The Center was packed
With the children on stage.
Even the balcony full.
The congregation engaged.

This Pastor sat on a couch
By a framed stable scene,
Where he would narrate,
This holy night theme.

Mary and Joseph came out.
No room at the Inn.
No room for Jesus,
Where tonight’s story begins.

 

 

 

With deep feeling
This Brother did read
About the shepherds’ sight,
What they did see.

One child wearing a robe,
And staff in their hand,
Looked up – up – up high
Where the angels did stand.

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Now time for a song
With piano so soft.
A solo is heard, clearly,
Even way up in the loft.

The children kneel and point
To the direction of West,
As this Minister told of the wise men
Who gifted their best.

And then the three boys,
Off, by stage left went.
Another way, than entering
From where they were sent.

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Recitation – a poem.
When would she start?
But soon that powerful last line
“I can give Him my heart.”

This Preacher opened his Bible
And spoke with great zeal.
Birth – Life – Death – Resurrection.
Rebirth in Jesus, he appealed.

And then what happened
Was to everyone’s awe.
The front full – wise seekers,
Everyone saw.

To the world joy –
Melody to the ceiling ascends,
As one voice,
Everyone sang at the end.

Christmas Eve Eve –
What a very special night.
Children and audience –
All hearts Bright.

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Act III –

The Eve of Christmas Eve almost done,
The Lead Pastor came forward
To address the crowd
Before it was over.

This humble man of God,
Said that he cared
About this church
And why it was there.

He encouraged each
To follow their dream,
To use their talents for the Lord
As the children they’d seen.

Epilogue –

Following Christmas Eve Eve
All did linger longer,
Having sweet fellowship
With so much to Ponder.

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—  Charles B. Mayes

The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Today’s reading (poem) is much longer than usual and is based on a real situation of Christmas being on Sunday and the church wanting to have a Christmas Eve Service, so they decided to have it on the Friday evening before Christmas. Thus, the Eve of Christmas Eve!

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La víspera de Nochebuena:
Una lectura en tres actos

La Navidad caerá en domingo
y con ella la Nochebuena, también;
eso podría ser duro para la gente,
y realmente no sería un parabién.

Prólogo

Había algo aún mucho mejor
que la Nochebuena de este año,
en la iglesia al final de la calle
con los queridos pastores de antaño.

Es ese gran y distintivo edificio:
un lugar viejo, de larga duración,
pero en donde el Evangelio
siempre se predica con amor.

La Navidad caerá en domingo
y con ella la Nochebuena, también;
eso podría ser duro para la gente,
y realmente no sería un parabién.

Acto 1

Esa mañana de la Nochebuena
el escenario a la perfección se prepararía
para el asombroso e inspirador programa
el cual solo esta noche ocurriría.

Los niños estaban todos listos,
habían memorizado sus partes.
Se las conocían todas tan bien
que en sus corazones eran estandartes.

 

 

 

El técnico ajusta el audio y los detalles
para que todo funcione de manera perfecta.
Así, también hace que la iluminación
apunte justo en la dirección correcta.

La señora Jones estaba llamando
a algunas de las personas invitadas,
para recordarles que vinieran a la hora:
a las 7:00 p.m.; andaba muy emocionada.

Este Pastor estaba orando
arrodillado esta mañana,
para que el programa de la noche
a Jesucristo bellamente adornara.

Justo antes de esta esperada noche,
es hora de que todos tomen un descanso,
para hacer de esta una buena Nochebuena,
lo mejor de lo mejor: un hermoso remanso.

Acto II

La víspera de la Nochebuena
fue una noche muy especial.
Cada persona que asistió
mostró un deleite excepcional.

Primero, era la hora de los villancicos
para cantar esos grandes añorados,
para cantar sobre el nacimiento de Jesús.
Uno de los eventos más esperados.

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Los niños entonces entraron.
El lugar silencioso se volvió.
Una canción sobre Jesús;
la tranquila noche en la que llegó.

El Centro estaba bien armado,
siendo los niños toda la atención.
Incluso el balcón estaba colmado
por la conmovida congregación.

Este Pastor se sentó en un sofá
con una escena ya montada,
en donde él entonces narraría
este tema de la noche santa.

Con apenas espacio en el albergue,
María y José salieron a medianoche;
con apenas espacio para Jesús,
así comenzó la historia de esta noche.

 

 

 

Con un sentimiento profundo
este hermano al auditorio leyó;
relató la vigilia de los pastores,
y lo que su presencia avistó.

Un niño con una túnica portando,
y un bastón en la mano llevando,
miró arriba, arriba, bien a lo alto,
a donde estaban los ángeles alados.

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Ahora es el momento de una canción,
con el piano, tocado con suave afán.
Se oye un solo, muy claramente,
incluso hasta allá arriba en el desván.

Los niños se arrodillan y señalan,
en dirección al Oeste apuntando,
como este ministro dijo de los sabios
que de lo mejor de sí han ido dando.

Y luego los tres muchachos
por la izquierda fueron despachados,
tomando la vía del escenario
desde donde habìan sido enviados.

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Recitación de un poema,
y la poetiza causa expectación.
Pero pronto, esa poderosa última línea:
“Puedo darle mi corazón.”

Este predicador su Biblia abrió
y con gran celo ante todos habló.
Nacimiento, vida, muerte, resurrección.
Renacimiento en Jesús, apeló.

Y luego lo que pasó a continuación
fue para todos causa de estupor:
el frente lleno de buscadores sabios,
Todos lo vieron como objeto de esplendor.

Para la alegría del mundo,
la melodía ascendió al techo,
y al unísono, como una sola voz
todos cantaron al final del evento.

Esa víspera de nochebuena,
qué noche tan, tan especial.
Los corazones de todos los presentes
iluminados, llenos de brillo torrencial.

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Acto III

La víspera de Nochebuena casi acaba,
así que se adelanta el Pastor presidente
para dirigirse a toda la multitud presente
antes de que el programa culminara.

Este humilde hombre de Dios
expresó ante los presentes su interés.
Habló sobre esta destacada iglesia
y de porqué estaba allí como feligrés.

Alentó a cada uno de los presentes
a seguir apasionadamente sus sueños,
a usar sus talentos para adorar al Señor
así como habían visto de los pequeños.

Epílogo

Después de la víspera de Nochebuena
todos se quedaron compartiendo por más rato,
disfrutando de su dulce compañerismo
y con tanto que reflexionar entre sus tratos.

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— Charles B. Mayes

La víspera de Nochebuena: Una lectura en tres actos© 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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La lectura de hoy (poema) es mucho más larga de lo habitual y se basa en una situación real en que la Navidad fue un domingo, y con la iglesia deseando tener un servicio de Nochebuena, así que decidieron tenerlo el viernes por la noche antes de Navidad. Así, ¡la víspera de la Nochebuena!

Feliz navidad y feliz año nuevo.

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – “Como ciertos poetas de entre ustedes han dicho: ‘Porque también somos linaje de él’.(Sagrada Biblia, Hechos 17:28)

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

 

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A Wonderful Christmas This Year

 

 

 

 

 

A Wonderful Christmas This Year

The presents this year very few,
In fact, only one, maybe two,
But with His birthday here,
We will have Christmas cheer.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

A wonderful Christmas this year
Because there’s nothing to fear.
Long lines won’t matter,
Or traffic to clatter.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

The birth of the Savior,
The angels appear.
The shepherds adore Him.
The Wise men explore Him.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

Though told through the ages,
It’s still precious now.
Little Lord Jesus, we humbly bow.
For His birth grateful, we’re.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

When they looked at the sky above,
They saw the Star shine – His love.
We see stars bright, so clear,
Of His same love, so dear.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

To earth came the Son,
On the Cross it was finished,
No more to be done.
Our life becoming His mirror.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

And in our hearts
We know He’s appeared,
To bless each one,
To draw very near.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

A wonderful Christmas this year
Because there’s nothing to fear.
Long lines won’t matter,
Or traffic to clatter.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The birth of Jesus Christ is not just the “real meaning of Christmas.”  It is the only meaning of Christmas.  This year, no matter what your economy, Christmas is wonderful for each one of us because of what the angel told the shepherds (and us), “Do not be afraid . . . a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. ”  [Holy Bible – Luke 2:10 (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 International Christian Center San Jose and San Bruno International Christian Center.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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When God Brings You Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

When God Brings You Out

Philippians 3:13-14

When God brings you out
No looking back.
Thank Him continuously
So no setbacks.

Remember the pillar,
The wife of Lot?
Not resisting glancing behind.
She turned to salt.

Joseph put in the pit
By his brothers, all.
Forgave them later.
No downfall.

Jonah in the big fish,
Swallowed up.
Thankful to get out.
Frightful and rough.

Jesus says, “It is finished,”
On the cross, no wavier.
He in the tomb, then rose.
Thank God, our Savior!

When God brings you out
No looking back.
Thank Him continuously
So no setbacks.

— Charles B. Mayes

When God Brings You Out © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Graphic:  David Padfield/FreeBibleimages.org / Joseph Forced Into the Deep Cistern

When we have come out of bad situations, even years ago, we must not dwell on these things now in our mind, but continue to thank God for bringing us out, and move forward.  We see this in many Bible examples.

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