Reflecting

 

 

 

 

 

Reflecting

Reflecting in your mind.
Reflecting back through time.
Turn the Bible pages,
You will see
Encouraging stories from history.

Baby Moses floating in the reeds.
Sister Miriam taking heed.
Pharaoh’s daughter,
A surprise –
Asking Moses’ own mother, who raised him wise.

David playing on his harp
Watching his sheep – day and dark.
Keeping the flock
From harm to start.
Beautiful songs from his heart.

The Zarephath widow wondering what she should do.
She and her son almost through.
Elijah made a promise.
It came true.
Enough flour and oil, more than made do.

Ruth and Boaz, what a pair.
Kindness to her with grain to spare.
Marrying Ruth.
Delight in the air.
Oh, the precious love they did share.

On Easter morning from the grave He rose.
Happy were the women, and the men He chose.
Glory to our God,
Singing, praising, shouting –
Joy in the highest, beyond all doubting.

The Gentiles were glad to hear the news
When Paul and Barnabas by God were used.
Light to the nations,
Salvation came
To the ends of the Earth in Jesus’ name.

Reflecting in your mind.
Reflecting back through time.
Turn the Bible pages,
You will see
Encouraging stories from history.

— Charles B. Mayes

Reflecting © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

There are many uplifting stories in the Bible.  So, take time to reflect in your mind by reading and reviewing them.  It will be a blessing to you!

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Walking on the Emmaus Road

When I was growing up, we had a beautiful picture hanging in our home called “The Road to Emmaus.”  As I grew older, I loved to look at that picture and imagine what it would like to be on that Road joining the men and Jesus.  What a wonderful experience that would be and is!

Walking on the Emmaus Road
(Luke 24:13-35)

I yearn to walk on the Emmaus Road
Again this Easter time.
I want to be with the two;
and Jesus – so sublime.

To first hear the Master’s voice,
So calming and so clear,
To tell Him all of our concerns,
To tell Him all our fears.

As we walk He tells us more:
(Revealed today in the Bible pages)
Of His great and wondrous plan,
Throughout all the countless ages.

Then the setting sun,
As we get almost there,
“Stay with us,” we say
To Jesus so wonderful and fair.

He tells us “yes.”
And then at the table we recline,
To eat some bread
Which was by His design.

Then our eyes are opened
To Who He really is –
Our marvelous Savior
Who has mightily ris’n.

He disappears and then we talk,
Of how our hearts did burn,
Within us while we walked along,
At each and every turn.

I yearn to walk on the Emmaus Road
Again this Easter time – praise give!
Because only on that Road
Will I grow, and will I live.

—-  Charles B. Mayes

Walking on the Emmaus Road  © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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I prayerfully hope that you followers of this blog, and you others finding it, will be able to travel on the Road from despair; to learning about Jesus; to seeing the resurrected Jesus; to accepting Him as Rescuer and Leader of your life.

“He is Risen.  He is Risen Indeed.”  Happy Easter!

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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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Easter on April Fools’ Day

Easter on April Fools’ Day

Matthew 7:24-29; 28:6

When Easter is on April Fools' Day,
It reminds me of a story Jesus told
About the wise and the foolish man
Who built houses, one a strong-hold.

The wise man
Built his house on the Rock.
Then when the elements hit,
It stayed in place with all the knocks.

The foolish man
Built his house with no Foundation.
Then when bad weather came,
It crashed after severe gyrations.

When the angel says, "He has Risen."
Which kind are you?
Wise - believing and receiving.
Foolish - rejecting and leaving.

When Easter is on April Fools' Day
It reminds me of a story Jesus told
About the wise and the foolish man
Who built houses, one a strong-hold.

--- Charles B. Mayes
Easter on April Fools' Day © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes.  All
rights reserved.
[Graphic:  FreeBibleImages.org]

As we think about Easter on April Fools' Day this year, we want
to be the wise person believing in our Resurrected Lord, rather 
than the foolish person running away in doubt and fear.

Happy Easter!

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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 Valentine’s Day and every day, we remember God’s love for us – a love which is overwhelming!

Welcome to my new followers!  I appreciate all those who follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of 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.

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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.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

I dream I’m here.
I walk over the greenest grass,
And see the bluest sky.
It’s heaven. The streets like golden glass.

And with me and you –
A big smile on every face.
There’s no Sun or Moon
Because God lights up this place.

With lofty slides, swift swings, and bouncy trampolines,
The playground is triple fun
Where the playing keeps on –
I am never done.

Then I get to sit on Jesus’ lap.
He laughs with me.
(The Savior with the scarred hands and feet.)
Then I jump up and run. I feel so happy and free.

I could dream for along time.
Heaven’s there forever –
An eternity.
I would want to leave, never.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

I dream I’m here.
(Head on hands together, with head on top as if sleeping.)
I walk over the greenest grass,
And see the bluest sky.
(Walk in place and look around.)
It’s heaven. The streets like golden glass.

And with me and you –
A big smile on every face.
(Smile.)
There’s no Sun or Moon
Because God lights up this place.
(Hand up above head showing “the sun.”)

With lofty slides, swift swings, and bouncy trampolines,
(Jump up and down in place.)
The playground is triple fun
Where the playing keeps on
I am never done.
(Arms held out in front with hands flat.)

Then I get to sit on Jesus’ lap.
He laughs with me.
(Laugh with no noise.)
(The Savior with the scarred hands and feet.)
(Touch each palm and then gesture to feet.)
Then I jump up and run. I feel so happy and free.
(Jump up and down in place.)

I could dream for along time.
Heaven’s there forever
An eternity.
I would want to leave, never.
(One arm way up, with index finger up, as #1 gesture.)

— Charles B. Mayes

Embolden Text – Say more loudly.

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions) © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Ascension Day is celebrated, in some churches, 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection honoring when He ascended to Heaven.  We know that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again!  [See John 14:1-4 and Acts 1:9-11 – Holy Bible.]

Production Notes:

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension 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 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.

I appreciate all those who follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of 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.

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.

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Behind the Curtain

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Behind the Curtain
Hebrews 6:18-20

Jesus went behind the curtain,
(From top to bottom rent),
To the Holy of Holies,
For us His life was spent.

Jesus was our pioneer,
Dying and rising on this earth’s sod.
Now we are running
Toward our Hope in God!

We now can go through Jesus,
(To the open gates of Heaven, too),
To be in the very presence of God,
Our Hope – firm and true.

— Charles B. Mayes

Behind the Curtain © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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“Behind the Curtain” – that phrase touched me deeply recently. Jesus went there so we could have daily Hope in Him, and Hope of Heaven!

I appreciate all those who follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of 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.

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.

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.

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