The Final Poem

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The Final Poem
(Matthew 25:21- ERV)

The poet’s mind stood still like a block,
Resembling embers of a fire – soon gone.
Ideas hard to come by,
Now God’s refreshment to wait on.

At once, the author’s name was called,
A strong voice was heard –
“You are a good servant who can be trusted. . . ”
“Share my happiness,” was His Word.

An angel escorted the writer through a gate,
Where the poet walked on streets of gold.
There, no light, but God’s,
As the Bible foretold.

There was no crying,
Nor sickness, nor pain,
Just Love flowing freely
Through the power of Jesus name.

Then as swiftly as the dream had begun,
The poet awakened at the new dawn of light.
The poet’s mind spinning with astonishing,
New glorious ideas to write.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Final Poem © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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April is National Poetry Month designated by the American Academy of Poets.  This is not my final poem, Lord willing, but shows how dependent Christian poets are on God for inspiration to keep on writing poems for His glory.

I appreciate what Larry Pine wrote in his South Bay Concert News (March) referring to my Poetry Reading on February 6th, 2015, the following:

“The Christian poetry of Charles Mayes added a creative break to the Bethel Hymn Sing. Even poems with motions for Children’s programs . . . ”

If you stopped by this site or are a regular follower – Welcome!!! May God richly bless you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

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

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)

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Joy in the Morning

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Joy in the Morning

(Based on Psalm 30)

As the Sun goes down each day,
And far past any light,
There’s a deep sadness and crying heard,
Which echoes through the night.

In days of old, it was a dismal den
That Daniel was put in,
To face those hungry lions,
He prayed to God again.

And when the morning came,
The king yelled, “Are you there?”
And Daniel with a strong voice replied,
“Yes, still in Jehovah’s care.”

Then Joseph thrown into the pit
With darkness all around,
Was after pulled up
And up and up to the brilliance of a crown.

Jesus went to the Cross,
Becoming sin for you and me,
As darkness covered the land,
A bleak picture indeed.

But as the morning’s light shone
And then the angels said,
“He is not here,
He’s risen from the dead.”

When we are devastated by calamity
The nighttime of our lives,
We must hang on to the hope that in the morning
God will make it joyful and we’ll revive.

— Charles B. Mayes

Joy in the Morning © 2014 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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When a friend has lost a spouse, especially suddenly, they feel desolated.  When a classmate has a loved one who is very ill, they feel devastated.  These tears in the night times eventually turn, not necessarily to fleeting happiness, but to rejoicing in the morning through God’s mercy and grace.

I really appreciate my followers and others who have stopped by this site. May God richly bless you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

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

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)

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Children Know the Resurrection: An Easter Sunday Reading (with Actions)

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Children Know the Resurrection:
An Easter Sunday Reading (with Actions)

The day was bright and fair,
On the way that Sunday morn,
When the women came,
To visit the tomb of our Lord.

The stone was rolled away.
An angel was outside.
“He is not here, He is risen,” he said,
To their great surprise.

Then back they ran,
In excitement, great,
To tell that Jesus from the grave arose,
“Hurry, we might be late!”

And when the others heard,
The news so very good,
They devoted their lives to Him,
And for Him, always stood.

We also stand for Him,
As He lives in Heaven above,
On this Easter Sunday,
We enjoy salvation and His love.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Know the Resurrection:
An Easter Sunday Reading (with Actions)

The day was bright and fair,
(Hands in front and then rounded up above head showing “the sun”.)
On the way that Sunday morn,
(Walk in place.)
When the women came,
To visit the tomb of our Lord.

The stone was rolled away.
(Both hands pushing to side.)
An angel was outside.
(Both hands high up, out, and back like angels’ wings.)
“He is not here, He is risen,” he said,
To their great surprise.
(Hands close around face; “surprised look” expression.)

Then back they ran,
(Run in place.)
In excitement, great,
To tell that Jesus from the grave arose,
Hurry, we might be late!”
(Hand motion to hurry up.)

And when the others heard,
(Cup hand over one ear.)
The news so very good,
They devoted their lives to Him,
And for Him, always stood.
(Take one step forward.)

We also stand for Him,
(Take another step forward.)
As He lives in Heaven above,
(One arm way up, with index finger up, as #1 gesture.)
On this Easter Sunday,
We enjoy salvation and His love.

— Charles B. Mayes

Embolden Text – Say more loudly.

Children Know the Resurrection: An Easter Sunday Reading (with Actions) © 2014 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Illustrations/graphics supplied by GospelGifs.com are copyrighted and used with permission.

Production Notes:

Children Know the Resurrection: An Easter Sunday Reading (with Actions) is written to be used as a Choral Reading, but could also be a Readers’ Theater by dividing up the verses among the children and having them read different parts. It is meant for children in the Elementary grades.

A narrator could do the reading and the children could do the actions only.

Notice that the accented words (in bold) are to go right along with the actions. I put these here not only so that the actions would reflect the text, but also that the director would get away from any sing songy interpretation of the reading (i.e. a strong accent on the end of each line and/or the rhyming words) so the that the attention of the audience would be centered on the actual meaning.

These motions are only suggestions and the director has the freedom to change them. Some motions could be removed especially if the children are younger.  The ideal would be to have one person leading the words; and another, sitting close by, leading the motions.

I hope that you will enjoy having your children perform this; or reading the poem itself!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

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

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you and Happy Easter!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)
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Christmas Is A Family Time

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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

Christmas Is A Family Time © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Illustrations/graphics supplied by GospelGifs.com are copyrighted and used with permission.

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

I really appreciate all my followers and readers.  Thank you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

This and 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

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)

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Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading (with Actions)

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Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading (with Actions)

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 (with Actions)

Angels to the earth descending,
(Hands, palms down, from way up to quickly down.)
Full of Christmas joy.
(Hands quickly outward.)
Powerful is their message blending,
(Both hands, to side, with fists closed as making muscles.)
“It’s a baby boy.”
(Hands, in front, as rocking a baby.)

Soaring in the sky,
(Hands from above position, then outward and up.)
Shepherds see the band.
(Hand cupped over eyes – looking up.)
Saying, “Glory to God in the Highest,”
With Peace for all the land.
(Hand up, with fingers closed, as giving a blessing.)

They go with haste,
To where the baby lays.
(Walking in place.)
Then worship God and praise Him,
Telling all, along the way.
(Hands, in front, slanted down with palms toward audience in worship. Then out to sides for “all”.)

Then two years pass,
Since the Wise Men saw the Star,
(Hand cupped over eyes as looking up at Star.)
And follow it to Bethlehem.
They follow it afar.
(Walking in place.)

And when they come into the house,
See the Child King!
Gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh,
To Him they humbly bring.
(Both hands, as holding and then giving gifts, with each gift.)

As we think on Christmas Day,
Of this story, very old,
(Put finger on temple as thinking.)
We know the gift that God gives us
Is Jesus, long foretold.
(One arm way up, with index finger pointing up, as  #1 gesture.)

— Charles B. Mayes

Embolden Text – Say more loudly.

Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading (with Actions) © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Illustrations/graphics supplied by GospelGifs.com are copyrighted and used with permission.

Production Notes:

Children Know the Gift: A Christmas Day Reading (with Actions) is written to be used as a Choral Reading, but could also be a Readers’ Theater by dividing up the verses among the children and having them read different parts.  It is meant for children in the Elementary grades.

A narrator could do the reading and the children could do the actions only.

Notice that the accented words (in bold) are to go right along with the actions. I put these here not only so the actions would reflect the text, but also that the director would get away from any sing songy interpretation of the reading (i.e. a strong accent on the end of each line and/or the rhyming words) so the that the attention of the audience would be centered on the actual meaning.

These motions are only suggestions and the director has the freedom to change them. Some motions could be removed especially if the children are younger. The ideal would be to have one person leading the words; and another, sitting close by, leading the motions.

I hope that you will enjoy having your children perform this; or reading the poem itself!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

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

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)
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