Christmas Is A Family Time / Navidad es época familiar

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Christmas Is A Family Time

Christmas is a family time
As it was so long ago,
With Joseph, Mary, and the Baby,
In the stable, as we all know.

They weren’t missing anything
With the Gift right in their sight,
With the angels up in the sky
That very holy night.

The warmth and love that family shared
As shepherds came right away,
To see what had been told them
That first Christmas day.

The family looked in wonder up at the star
Not placed on any tree,
But placed by God up in the air
For them, for you, for me.

And some years later, like ornaments,
The wise men came to give,
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh
To help the family live.

Joseph, Mary, and the Baby,
All had their special part,
As Mary thought, and thought,
And treasured all these things in her heart.

So Christmas is a family time
As it was, long ago, that year,
And now we gather once again
For gift giving, love, and good cheer.

                                      — Charles B. Mayes

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Christmas is a time for families to get together.  This might be with our relatives and/or Church family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Navidad es época familiar

Navidad es una época familiar,
como bien lo fue en tiempo pasado,
con José, María y el bebé en el establo,
como ya todos estamos enterados.

No les hacía falta nada,
teniendo el Regalo justo frente a ellos,
con los ángeles arriba en el cielo
contemplando aquel divino momento.

Calor y amor fue lo que esa familia compartió
mientras los pastores estaban a campo raso;
pastores que confirmaron lo que habían escuchado,
de un cumplimiento profético digno de un parnaso.

La familia miró arriba a las estrellas;
no, no fue a ningún árbol decorativo.
Miraron a los astros puestos por Dios en el cielo,
colocados allí como testigos contemplativos.

Y algunos años luego, con ornamnentos,
hombres de sabiduría vinieron con homenaje.
Sus obsequios fueron oro, olíbano y mirra,
para que la familia viviera digna y no en hospedaje.

José, María y el bebé, cada uno en particular
tuvo su parte en este evento tan especial.
María hizo bien, pues pensó, reflexionó y meditó,
y estas cosas en su corazón así atesoró.

Así que navidad es una época familiar,
como bien lo fue hace tiempo, por ese año;
por eso ahora nos reunimos, una vez más,
para hacer dádivas y dar amor, como en antaño.

— Charles B. Mayes

 Navidad es época familiar © 2019 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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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.

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Where It’s Christmas All The Time / En donde es navidad todo el tiempo

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Where It’s Christmas All The Time

Where it’s Christmas all the time
Because there’s joy for you and me –
It isn’t on the earth
But in Heaven, you will see.

The Gift that God has given
Will be realized by us then.
For Christmas in Heaven
Is not just Christmas now and again.

There’ll be our Present, Jesus,
The blessed God of love,
Wrapped by the Holy Spirit
Tying ribbons as a dove.

Where it’s Christmas all the time
There won’t be any snow,
But there are wondrous streets of gold.
That’s where I want to go.

Where it’s Christmas all the time
Because there’s joy for you and me –
It isn’t on the earth
But in Heaven, you will see.

                                     — Charles B. Mayes

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As Christians, we are headed for an eternal Christmas in Heaven!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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En donde es navidad todo el tiempo

En donde es navidad todo el tiempo
porque hay gozo para ti y para mí,
no es en la tierra, sino en el cielo;
como ya verás que es así.

El regalo que Dios ha dado
se hará realidad para nosotros,
ya que navidad en el cielo
no es navidad solo días pocos.

Allí está nuestro Regalo, Jesús,
un bendito dios de amor,
cubierto por el espíritu santo,
cumpliendo su rol de pastor.

En donde es navidad todo el tiempo
nunca se hace invierno, y no hay nieve.
Más bien, hay maravillosas calles doradas,
y es ahí en donde mi vista se conmueve.

En donde es navidad todo el tiempo
porque hay gozo para ti y para mí,
no es en la tierra, sino en el cielo;
como ya verás que es así.

— Charles B. Mayes

En donde es navidad todo el tiempo © 2019 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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Christmas Readings Are A-Comin’

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Readings Are A-Comin’

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  – Holy Bible – Luke 2:19 (NIV)

Christmas is coming and I will be presenting several Christmas readings each in English and Spanish in December.  This is thanks to my excellent translator Samuel Rondón Acevedo.  I really appreciate Samuel’s work!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuelrondon7/

The readings will be as follows:

Christmas Morning / Navidad por la mañana

Where It’s Christmas All the Time / En donde es navidad todo el tiempo

Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading / Los niños saben del Regalo: una lectura navideña

Christmas Is A Family Time / Navidad es época familiar

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

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

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Where Will You Be on Thanksgiving Day?

 

 

 

Where Will You Be on Thanksgiving Day?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
With Grandma and Aunt Kim,
Eating some roast turkey
With all the trimmings?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
Serving potatoes and greens
At the homeless shelter
To those with no means?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
At home by yourself
Enjoying a frozen dinner
Then the Book from a shelf?

Where you be on Thanksgiving Day?
Watching the game
From afternoon ’till night
With only one aim?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
Where it really counts – your heart.
Are you in a thankful place
For what God’s giving you?
Thankfulness to God that never departs?

— Charles B. Mayes

Where Will You Be on Thanksgiving Day? © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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There are many locations that someone might be on Thanksgiving Day, but most important is to truly be thankful to God from our heart wherever we are.

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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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The Pumpkin Walk

 

 

 

 

 

The Pumpkin Walk

Hurry, hurry, hurry  🙂
Come children and parents, too.
It’s Pumpkin Walk time again,
For everyone like you.

At the church –
Kids “treated” with games.
Safe fun – no one “tricked.”
The music plays shoom, shoom.

‘Round, ’round, ’round
Until the music stops.
Around the chairs they march,
Quickly – chop chop.

Pumpkins for children,
From a short or loooong walk.
“Listen for your number.”
“Be careful, don’t you drop!”

Chomp, chomp, chomp,
Popcorn, and candy made like cotton.
Apple cider to wash it down,
This day won’t be forgotten.

Ha, ha, ha,
A funny puppet show.
Then the Gospel message,
For the kids to know.

Slowly, slowly, slowly 😦
Go children and parents, too.
‘Twas Pumpkin Walk time again,
For everyone like you.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Pumpkin Walk © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Image by Amanda Kimmell from Pixabay

The Pumpkin Walk / Harvest Festival / Fair / Celebration, or Hallelujah Night, etc. are used by many churches as a safe alternative to Halloween.  Plus this is an outreach to the community.   I’ve taken some of those Harvest Festival and school Pumpkin Walk memories and put them in the above poem.

I hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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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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ALMOST BECOMING FRIENDS

This poem [Reflecting] is wonderful!!!  As I think back I can reflect on the Bible lessons some since childhood. The characters almost become friends to us, knowing about their lives. Thank you for bringing them to mind again.”  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.

VERY MOVING

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

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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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ALMOST BECOMING FRIENDS

This poem [Reflecting] is wonderful!!!  As I think back I can reflect on the Bible lessons some since childhood. The characters almost become friends to us, knowing about their lives. Thank you for bringing them to mind again.”  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.

VERY MOVING

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

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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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