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

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Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading

Angels to the earth descending,
Full of Christmas joy.
Powerful is their message blending,
“It’s a baby boy.”

Soaring in the sky,
Shepherds see the band.
Saying, “Glory to God in the Highest,”
With Peace to all the land.

They go with haste,
To where the baby lays.
Then worship God and praise Him,
Telling all, along the way.

Then two years pass,
Since the Wise Men saw the Star,
And follow it to Bethlehem.
They follow it afar.

And when they come into the house,
See the Child King!
Gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh,
To Him they humbly bring.

As we think on Christmas Day,
Of this story, very old,
We know the gift that God gives us
Is Jesus, long foretold.

                         — Charles B. Mayes

Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Los niños saben del Regalo: una lectura navideña

Los ángeles descienden a la tierra,
con el gozo del nacimiento contemplando.
Poderoso era su mensaje del profetizado,
mientras lo anunciabana cantando.

Volando con gracia arriba en los cielos,
los pastores ven a los divinos alados
mientras dicen “gloria a Dios en las alturas,
y paz en la tierra para los que Él ha aprobado”.

Y los pastores se fueron con prisa
a donde el bebé yacía acostado.
Entonces adoraron a Dios y lo alabaron
proclamando las noticias en todos lados.

Luego transcurrieron dos años
desde que los astrólogos avistaran la señal,
y siguieran dicho astro hasta Belén,
encontrándose con el príncipe celestial.

Y cuando entraron a la casa,
¡vieron al niño que sería el Rey Eterno!
Regalaron oro, olíbano y mirra,
obsequios dignos para un sempiterno.

Mientras recordamos el día de su nacimiento,
de esta relato tan dignamente recordado,
sepamos que el regalo que Dios nos ha dado
es Jesús, desde hace tiempo profetizado.

— Charles B. Mayes

Los niños saben del Regalo: una lectura navideña © 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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Children Discover Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children Discover Spring

Chorus:

Thank You for the Springtime.
Thank You for the flowers.
Thank you for the birds
Singing through the hours.

Verse 1:

We love You and praise You.
In Your Word we trust.
Receiving Your great blessings.
You love us so much.

Chorus

Verse 2:

Now when we are fearful
We look up and pray.
You hold our hand beside You
And brighten up our day.

Chorus

Verse 3:

You are with us, Father,
From now through the end,
To comfort and help us.
You are our best friend!

Chorus:

Thank You for the Springtime.
Thank You for the flowers.
Thank you for the birds
Singing through the hours.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Discover Spring © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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It’s That Time!

 

 

 

 

It’s That Time!

It’s Black Friday
Hitting the bricks and mortars
Through the burst doors.
Be aware of those gift hoarders!

Getting there early,
Even then you could be late.
Deep savings.
BOGO* might be the bait.

On Cyber Monday
Better deals your catching.
Free shipping, buying memberships,
But personal information their snatching.

Surfing for gifts,
Much faster, too.
You’d even wish to drone them
To Aunt Sue and Uncle Lou.

But Giving Tuesday
Is really the best
Contributing to selfless causes
To make a big difference.

The Salvation Army, the fire victims help.
Boys and Girls Clubs, fun things the kids can do.
Wounded Warrior Project, empowering Vets.
World Vision, gifting the needy something new.

So don’t forget Giving Tuesday,
On your calendar this year,
Bringing hope to others,
And a lot of Christmas cheer.

— Charles B. Mayes

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It’s That Time! © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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

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8.   Children Know the Resurrection:  An Easter Sunday Reading
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10.  Harvest Festival Time
11.  I Don’t Have a Father
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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
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The Empty Classroom

The Empty Classroom

The classroom was empty,
Not a child in their chair.
For summer vacation
Was already there.

The teacher looked out,
Not one hand in the air.
No questions to answer,
No books to repair.

Hurt fingers and feelings,
There were none.
No laughter,
No fun.

No lessons of Bible,
Math, Reading,
Or tests.
No games and all of the rest.
Another class,
Another year,
It was the best!

He thought of each child,
Looked at notes he’d received
Saying, “I love you.”
His heart – it was grieved.
To lose such a class
Who could replace?
A tear gently dropped down his face.

But now to prepare
For another year to come.
To show a new class
The love of God’s Son.

And this scene repeated
Until through heaven’s door
The Christian teacher will walk
To the Classroom once more.

But this time he sits
With his students in place
In that never empty Classroom
Looking at the Master Teacher’s face.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Empty Classroom © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The Word of Christ Taught in the Spirit of Christ

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The Word of Christ
Taught in the Spirit of Christ
(Ozark Christian College – 1942 – 2017)
Colossians 1:28

“The Word of Christ
Taught in the Spirit of Christ”
For everyone to see.
This is the heart of OCC.

It isn’t the campus
Or any accreditation.
It’s how the Bible is presented.
That’s the real acclamation.

Faculty – men and women of God,
In their own lives show,
The life of Christ,
Faces warm and aglow.

Gospel truths,
Professors study and share
To challenge each
And hearts prepare.

All students – missionaries –
Christian soldiers trained for God,
Ambassadors
Going here and abroad.

So through 75 years past,
And it will always be –
“The Word of Christ
Taught in the Spirit of Christ”
At our cherished OCC.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Word of Christ Taught in the Spirit of Christ © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Today I salute my alma mater, Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO, and its 75th Anniversary.  Please read some background as follows:

“Academic Dean Seth Wilson  . . . was dedicated to hiring teachers of genuine Christian character who were zealous for the winning of the whole world to Christ.  Their theme was to teach, ‘the word of Christ in the spirit of Christ. ‘ ”  [Meredith Williams, “From Anywhere to Everywhere: The Story of Ozark (Part 2),” Ozark Christian College Compass, Spring 2012.]

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