There Is A Bridge

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

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I Can Hardly Take It In

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I Can Hardly Take It In

The love of God –
I can hardly take it in
What Jesus did
To take away my sin.

Love so pure and free
That touches my inner soul
So powerful to forgive my sin
And make me whole.

God sent His son
He gave up His glory
To come to earth
To live the Story.

This agape love –
A suffering servant
Looking not to Himself
Lifting my verdict.

The love of God –
I can hardly take it in.
What Jesus did
To take away my sin.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Can Hardly Take It In © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Is Your Day Preprayed?

 

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Is Your Day Preprayed?

Have you talked to the Lord?
Early in the morning or late the night before.
Have you an agreement made?
Is your day preprayed?

Thanking Him for what He’s going to do
In your life and for others –
Blessings through and through.

Asking for loved ones home and far away,
That they’ll have clear paths,
Daily joy during their earthly stay.

Planning with Him each part of the day,
His Holy Spirit to lead,
Step-by-step in His way.

Being guided to opportunities for Him,
So He may grace bestow
To persons whose eyes have been opened to sin.

Serving others when the time is right.
Demonstrating to others
What is Christ-like.

You have talked to the Lord
Early in the morning or late the night before.
With Him an agreement you’ve made.
Your day is now preprayed.

— Charles B. Mayes

Is Your Day Preprayed? © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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He’s Already Taken Care of It

 

He’s Already Taken Care of It
II Chronicles 20: 1 – 30

The problem may be difficult
As it looms along our way,
Or maybe not so hard
As we live each and every day.

We pray and ask the Lord for help,
And then we sing a song,
Because He’s already taken care of it,
So life won’t seem so wrong.

Lifted by the Scriptures,
Lifted by His Word,
He’s already taken care of it,
Is what I’ve seen and heard.

As His Son died on Calvary –
The Cross for you and me,
He’s already taken care of it
From sin to set us free.

And then from death
He rose on that Sunday morn’.
He’s already taken care of it
A new life in me was born.

So now I stand on the mountain’s edge,
And look so far below.
He’s already taken care of it.
This is what I know.

— Charles B. Mayes

He’s Already Taken Care of It © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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A New Year Resolution

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A New Year Resolution

As the New Year dawns before us
We will humble pray
That we may trust in our Lord Jesus
Each and every day.

We don’t know what ill awaits us.
We don’t know what good.
But we will trust Him now and always
So we’ll do what we should.

As we see the days unfolding
That God holds there one by one
We’ll trust Him more daily
And remember how He gave His Son.

So walking through the days
We’ll ponder our God helper in the past.
So during this New Year we won’t wander
But stay by Him to the last.

— Charles B. Mayes

A New Year Resolution © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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We don’t know our future, but we know who holds our future.   We have seen Him help us in the past, and He will continue to help us in the future.  Our part is being
faithful to Him, as He is faithful to us.

Happy New Year!

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Turning Over a New Leaf

 

 

 

 

 

Turning Over a New Leaf

“Happy New Year!”
All of us say.
We want to turn over a new leaf.
We resolve to change our ways.

To be kinder and gentler,
On a big time diet go,
To have a listening ear,
Or spend our money slow.

To take up a new hobby,
To read a real long book,
To devote less time texting,
To catch more fish on hooks.

Then January 15th or so
Those resolutions dropping.
The exercise machine sent back.
The improved personality stopping.

But there is always next year.
In 365 days it comes around again.
Another year – another chance.
To amend the way we’ve been.

“Happy New Year!”
All of us say.
We want to turn over a new leaf.
We want to change our ways – again!

— Charles B. Mayes

Turning Over a New Leaf  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We all have good intentions to improve ourselves in the New Year. But if we don’t make it, there’s always next year.   🙂

 Happy New Year!

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On the Edge of Peace

 

 

 

 

 

On the Edge of Peace

Luke 2:14 / Luke 24:36

On the edge of peace,
Before Baby Jesus was born –
A world of turmoil,
A world forlorn.

Then into time
God sent His Son –
The Prince of Peace,
The Holy One.

God’s plan fulfilled,
A Way made for humankind
To bridge the gap,
This relationship bind.

On the edge of peace,
In sin we die,
Missing all God has,
Then to Him we cry.

In our search
Jesus comes to us.
Will we accept?
Will we trust?

The Prince of Peace
Brings Peace on Earth,
To each believer,
Through Jesus’ birth.

— Charles B. Mayes

On the Edge of Peace  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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As we stand on the edge of Christmas, many stand on the edge of peace.  Before Jesus was born the world didn’t have any idea what the Prince of Peace could bring them.  Before we are rescued by Jesus, we don’t know what wonderful peace can be in our lives.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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