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!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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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.

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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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Ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos (He’s Already Taken Care of It)

Ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos

2 Crónicas 20:1-30

El problema puede ser difícil
Mientras surge en nuestro camino,
O quizá no sea tan ardua la senda
A medida que se esclarece el destino.

Oramos y pedimos ayuda al Señor
Y luego cantamos una canción,
Porque ya Él se encargó del asunto
Y la vida no será una tribulación.

Por las Escrituras animado,
Por Su Palabra reconfortado.
Ya Él del asunto se ha encargado,
Eso es lo que he escuchado.

Ya que Su Hijo en el Calvario
Por ti y por mí en el madero murió,
Él así se encargó del asunto
Y del pecado al fin nos libró.

Y entonces de la muerte
Se levantó el domingo aquel.
Ya Él se encargó del asunto
Y una nueva vida pasé a tener.

Así ando en el borde de la montaña,
Mirando a lo profundo, hacia lo más bajo,
Pero ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos
Y mi confianza y seguridad son mi agasajo.

Ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos / He’s Already Taken Care of It © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Translated by Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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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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7th Anniversary – ChristianPoetryPublishing.com
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“To Rally ‘Round – A Little Closer to Heaven”

“And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.”   (Holy Bible, Psalm 12:6).

Anniversary 7 – Serving Heaven
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.

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

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

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.

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

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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
(with Actions)
9.   New Book Ministers to Readers
10.  Harvest Festival Time
11.  I Don’t Have a Father
12.  New Year / Mother and George Washington
13.  Running to the Tomb
14.  When I Write a Poem – Rabid to Write
15.  When the Blessings Come
16.  The Day Before Thanksgiving
17.  The Last Thanksgiving
18.  A Prayer for America
19.  Children Know the Gift:  A Christmas Day Reading
(with Actions) / I Prayed for You Today
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I Remember Mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Remember Mother

2 Timothy 2:15

I remember Mother
Sitting by our log cabin fire,
Telling Bible stories,
Our hearts glowing, inspired.

My dear sisters and I,
Hanging on every word.
Really listening to her
Not just sounds heard.

Naomi, with Ruth’s affection,
Of Elijah and Daniel, so brave,
Then of the risen Jesus
Who for us His life paid.

Teaching growth lessons
Very practical for each day,
And from our mother’s actions
Learning the wholesome way.

Ending our time, singing
About the mercies of the Lord.
Worshiping in those woods.
Our voices in one accord.

Falling asleep
Thinking of His love,
But also of Mother
And her firm faith in God above.

I remember Mother
Sitting by our log cabin fire,
Telling Bible stories,
Our hearts glowing, inspired.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Remember Mother  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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I do remember Mother.  She told those Bible stories with great care as she wanted the best for her children by teaching them God’s Word.

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My Home Church

My Home Church

(Philippians 1:6)

Thinking of my home church,
With some here and some gone.
Leaving wonderful memories
That constantly live on.

Those members,
Through Christ’s blood bought,
Loved on and guided me
To make me what I ought.

The choir singing bright
With the soloist touching my heart.
The Preacher preaching
God’s message impart.

In Sunday School,
The Bible faithfully taught
From sweet babies to precious Seniors,
The Word eagerly sought.

Before and after service,
Fellowshipping and praying for each other.
Showing our care and concern –
Sisters and brothers.

Times weren’t always good.
There were up and downs,
But God pulled us through,
Faithful to turn things around.

Thinking of my home church,
With some here and some gone.
They leave wonderful memories
That constantly live on.

— Charles B. Mayes

My Home Church © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

[Image and Extra Text from my Home Church Newsletter – The Harbinger.]

We may be members of several churches in our lifetime.  But dear to many of our hearts is our Home Church where we first came to Jesus Christ and where we first drank of the milk of His Word.  We have many fond memories of those ones who taught us his Word, perhaps since our infancy, and who cared for us.

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