Independence Day

Independence Day

It’s the Fourth of July,
Called just July 4th.
It’s Independence Day,
Celebrating America’s start!

The bass drum beating.
The band starting the parade.
A red, white, and blue banner
Showing the way.

American Legion members,
Striding right in step,
Bearing the colors
Still with a lot of pep.

Citizen’s costumed on a float
To honor soldiers’ stories,
The Veterans History Project,*
Brave persons, many in glory.

The crowd cheers,
The crowd applauds,
Recalling freedom,
Thanking God.

Enjoying picnics,
Child and adult, all.
Hot dogs, chips, watermelon,
Then some softball.

And then in the evening,
It’s an American tradition,
Displaying fireworks
In the air – ignition.

The Fourth of July
Comes only once a year,
But a day to remember
For America, very dear.

— Charles B. Mayes

Independence Day © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

*”The Veterans History Project (Library of Congress) of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.” [https://www.loc.gov/vets/]

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Happy Independence Day!

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Our USA Congress Prayer and Our American Prayer

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Our USA Congress Prayer

We should pray for all in Congress
To know Jesus Christ as their friend.
To know Him personally from within.
To follow God’s Word, start to end.

Jesus Christ is their only Hope
For Salvation of their soul.
To live with God in Heaven
Should be their priority goal.

We need to pray for all of Congress
Who do not follow Him.
He is the only light they have.
Now their trust and Salvation needs to begin.

Our American Prayer

If we all follow Jesus in the USA,
Then our freedom will come back,
Just as it has been taken away.
Pray! . . . Pray! . . Pray!

— Charles B. Mayes

Our USA Congress Prayer and Our American Prayer © 2021 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We should pray for our USA Congress and for each other as citizens of this country.  Our only hope is Jesus Christ.

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Curtain Up!

Curtain Up!

Curtain Up on the stage of life!
This New Year’s drama starts
With you on the stage,
As the foot and spotlights
Both shine bright.

Not a lark.
You’re excited, yet fearful
In this program to embark.

All thespians ready to move
Through each scene
With dilemmas quite a few.
Plots thickens as characters careen.

You trust your Heavenly Director,
The Lord Jesus Christ.
Dealing with the lying antagonist.
Dealing with the sacrifice.

Whether showstopper or upstaged.
Whether dialogue or soliloquy.
No bit parts here.
The finale is Heaven’s eternity.

Curtain Up on the stage of life!
A New Year – looking ahead.
With Christ, nothing to dread.

— Charles B. Mayes

Curtain Up! © 2021 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
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I usually write something here about my poems.  The inspiration for this one comes from two persons.

The first is my high school communication teacher, Joan [/Jo-Ann/] Murray-Hogan.  She taught English, speech, radio and TV broadcasting, and drama; and was active in productions for many years.  We enjoy talking on the phone from time to time.

The second is Steve Dini, a spokesman and on-camera talent, who has been teaching high school film studies, radio broadcasting, and drama for many years.  I met Steve during an internship I did at KICU-TV.

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CHOOSES TO LIVE IN THE BLESSING

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Holding Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holding Jesus

Luke 2:22-40

The day after Christmas,
Still relishing joy and cheer,
Thinking of Simeon and Anna,
Who both met baby Jesus, dear.

Devout Simeon asked to see
The Messiah’s face
Before he died, then was answered –
Holding God’s salvation and grace.

Joseph and Mary marveled
At what he said.
Simeon blessed them,
But warned Mary of what’s ahead.

Aged Prophet Anna, a widow for many years,
Daily at the Temple fasting and praying,
So pleased to see Jesus,
Thanksgiving and redemption saying.

We can also hold Jesus.
Have we been wanting to start,
In expectation and hope,
To hold Him in our hearts?

— Charles B. Mayes

Holding Jesus © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.
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Passage Into Heaven

 

 

 

 

Passage Into Heaven

(Based On: Psalm 19:1; John 3:16)

For God You are
Creator
Master of the
Heavens
Angels as Your
Servants
Guardians of our
Souls
With acknowledgement that
Christ Jesus
Is the Son of God and our
Lord
Shall be our passage
Into Heaven

       — By Floyd Wolfe

Passage Into Heaven © 2020 by Floyd Wolfe. All Rights Reserved.
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As we especially think about the recent extremely rare alignment of Saturn and Jupiter, we remember the general revelation of God in the words of the Psalmist, David, as follows:
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” (Holy Bible – Psalm 19:1 – RSV)

We also remember the special revelation when Jesus Christ, the Son of David as a descendant, said the following:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Holy Bible – John 3:16 – ESV)

Today, I am again presenting the work of Floyd Wolfe, my friend and gifted poet.  When I was sitting in our Bible class at church and looking on the whiteboard I would many times see Floyd’s sayings or short poems “published.”   His insights always make me think, bringing me closer to the Lord.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Every Day’s A Good Day

 

 

 

Every Day’s A Good Day

Chorus:

Every day’s a good day
With Jesus in my heart.
Every day’s a good day
When evil does depart.

Every day’s a good day
Right from the start.
Every day’s a good day
With Jesus in my heart.

Verse 1:
Looking at those stormy clouds
I say it’s oh so bad.
I feel it’s not a great day
My face appears so sad.
I see beyond the clouds
To heaven above
And next I’m drenched
With God’s wondrous love.

Chorus

Verse 2:
I didn’t get a lot of sleep
And tossed and turned all night.
My eyes can barely open
And blurry is my sight.
I take each moment one by one,
Thankful for His sacrifice.
He helps me through the day
I trust in Jesus Christ.

Chorus

Verse 3:
I read the news today.
I think it’s not so good.
The day could be so frightening
In all likelihood.
Hard times are always with us
So why stew and fret?
The Savior guides me past them.
He’s never failed me yet.

Chorus

Verse 4:
Staying at my home sweet home
I shelter in place.
But really I now live
By God’s marvelous grace.
Wearing a mask and distancing,
I hope in His Son.
And then I dwell in beautiful peace
Because He’s my only One.

— Charles B. Mayes

Every Day’s A Good Day  © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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When Our Preacher Came to Dinner

When Our Preacher Came to Dinner

It’s something I’ll always remember,
When our preacher came to dinner.
Not what you’d think –
Nothing about Heaven or sinners.

He stepped in the door smiling.
Our family loved that man of God.
He enjoyed telling jokes and stories
Almost everywhere he trod.

Mother had the best spread
With roast and all the trimmings,
And apple pie for dessert.
My anticipation brimming.

But she called me to another room
And declared the meat I must pass.
“Not plenty for us all,” she revealed.
“Not enough to last.”

I knew my favorite pie
Would be at the end of the way.
Mouth watering.
The highlight of my day.

“You didn’t eat all your dinner.”
Mother broke the silence of the group.
“So no dessert for you!”
Then I knew I’d been duped.

But this didn’t really happen.
It was from someone who’s a good spinner.
Guess who told this story at the table,
When our preacher came to dinner?

— Charles B. Mayes

When Our Preacher Came to Dinner © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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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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Pullin’ and Prayin’

 

 

 

 

 

Pullin’ and Prayin’

Psalm 107:17-22

I’m pullin’ and prayin’
For you to come through.
Your health failed again,
But your job you must go to.

You’re gaunt and frail.
You were once muscular strong.
Now your face is drawn.
Your vigor all gone.

But God will answer.
I’m sure of this now.
His healing energy.
His healing power.

You’re looking better
As time goes on.
Strength returning –
A phenomenon

Laughter returns
Like the good old days.
Still pullin’ and prayin’
That this all will stay.

— Charles B. Mayes

Pullin’ and Prayin’ © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

When you have a relative that has been very ill, and you want them so badly to get well, and you pray for them, and God answers — it is so wonderful!  You then continue to pray that they will stay in good health.

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Windows to the Soul

Windows to the Soul

Proverbs 15:30

With the face masks and all,
When you look around these days,
In the essential stores or outside walking,
You notice a lot of eyes coming your way.

Although you don’t see any mouths,
Because they’re colorfully bound.
What’s happening under there?
You hope a smile, not a frown.

“The eyes are windows to the soul.”
Squinting, wide, wistful,
Downcast, upward looking,
Caring.

Serious, hurt, surprised,
Blinking, twinkling, gazing,
Glancing, darting, evading,
Glaring.

Most follow the safety rules,
Peering over assorted covers.
But even seeing only eyes –
Let’s take time to enjoy each other.

— Charles B. Mayes

Windows to the Soul © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

“Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.”  [Holy Bible – Proverbs 15:30- NIV]

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