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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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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7th Anniversary – ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

 

 

 

 

7th Anniversary – ChristianPoetryPublishing.com
[ChristianPoetryPublishing.WordPress.com]
November 2011 – November 2018
“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.

“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 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.

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.

“You keep writing, I’ll keep reading!”  Steven C., San Jose, CA.

TOP 20 POST VISITS  2011 – October 2018

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
(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
20.  Christmas Memories / He’s Already Taken Care of It

TOP 12 POST VISITS BY COUNTRY  2012 – October 2018
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2.   Canada
3.   United Kingdom
4.   Indonesia
5.   India
6.   Philippines
7.   Germany
8.   Netherlands
9.   Australia
10.  Hong Kong – SAR China
11.  South Korea
12.  Japan

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POEMS ARE ALSO 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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Rest

 

 

 

 

Rest
I Kings 18 – 19, Psalm 23, Hebrews 4:9-10

Rest for the weary.
Rest for the day.
Rest for the downtrodden.
Help is on the way!

Walking on the journey,
We’re tired and dismayed.
Feeling like we’ve had it
And every inch we fade.

Like Elijah versing the prophets –
Those wicked ones of Baal.
The test was hard and gruesome,
But God did not fail.

He went from that place famished.
So exhausted he couldn’t move.
God sent the angel to give sustenance.
His faith was tried, then proved.

Lying in green pastures,
A promise from above.
By the waters, still,
We feel His great love.

At the End a rest is promised
To those who follow God.
Eternal, glorious, peaceful,
Way above this sod.

— Charles B. Mayes

Rest © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Writing a poem about Rest was hard for me because I was tired myself.  We all need to heed these words, stopping along the way for rest.

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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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Where is the Rain?








Ezekiel 34:26

Where Is the Rain?

Seems for ages, we ask -
Where is the rain?
The drought is upon us,
Dry heat and parched pain.

When will rain come?
A long while, we've not seen any.
We look for blessings,
Spiritual heights, not many.

But we hold faith that God
Will soon quince our thirst,
Receiving Living Water
Through God's Word, burst.

Then we glance toward Heaven,
Seeing some mist in the sky.
Lifting up our heads.
Our blessings draw nigh.

The rain sprinkling at first.
Then vigorously heavy still.
The blessings just keep coming.
They are really real.

Where is the rain
As we wait, watch, and pray?
In His time, the blessings come again.
The blessings come to stay.

 --- Charles B. Mayes
 
Where is the Rain?  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights
Reserved.

Sometimes we wait for blessings to flow from God and it just doesn’t happen on our timetable.  We must watch and pray and trust Him for these sustained blessings.

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Trusting Now

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 13:8

Trusting Now

Your past trust in God:
Failing or victory,
Forgetting or praising.
But that’s history.

Your future trust in Him:
Don’t have to hurry
Because it’s yet to be.
Not to worry.

But trusting God:
This moment, now,
That’s all that matters.
You’ll see how.

— Charles B. Mayes

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Trusting Now © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Regretting things or living in the blessings of the past won’t help us, neither will worrying about the future.  We must ask ourselves, “Can I trust in Jesus now?” Yes!  That’s all we need to do.

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SPEAKS TO ME

“Thank you for the wonderful poem that speaks to me where I am daily.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK

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If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

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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