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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I Don’t Have a Father

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Don’t Have a Father
(Psalm 68:5)

I don’t have a father:
No father with whom to play.
No father to help with homework.
No father image each day.

My friends are the same.
For years, it’s so hard.
An emptiness in our families.
One missing, one apart.

A man I met as a teen –
Said, “I am here for you like a fill-in dad.”
He’s my Sunday School teacher.
My life for me – now not so sad.

He told me about his Father God,
Who led my life to change.
He explained about His Son Jesus.
Now my thinking rearranged.

I have a Father,
My emptiness is gone.
He cares for me.
Makes me glad and strong.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Don’t Have A Father © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Many children in our country and all over the world do not have a father present in the home.  However, God said that He would be “a father to the fatherless”.  [Holy Bible – Psalm 68:5 – NIV]

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading

 

 

 

 

 

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading

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  © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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.]

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading 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.

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

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 Happy Ascension Day!

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Am I Still in the Game?

                                                              

Am I Still in the Game?

Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 16:11

Am I still in the game?
It raced across my mind,
With my Coach
Am I still aligned?

When temptations come daily,
And sometimes I give in.
I didn’t plan to,
But I did it again.

But then I remember
Whose team I’m on.
The other side already defeated,
And mine victoriously won.

Through my Coach, Jesus,
This win I’ll keep.
I still am in the game.
The end line over I leap.

                                                                                 — Charles B. Mayes

Am I Still In The Game? © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Are you still in the game?  It’s not easy following Christ, but the rewards are bountiful.

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A Wonderful Christmas This Year

 

 

 

 

 

A Wonderful Christmas This Year

The presents this year very few,
In fact, only one, maybe two,
But with His birthday here,
We will have Christmas cheer.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

A wonderful Christmas this year
Because there’s nothing to fear.
Long lines won’t matter,
Or traffic to clatter.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

The birth of the Savior,
The angels appear.
The shepherds adore Him.
The Wise men explore Him.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

Though told through the ages,
It’s still precious now.
Little Lord Jesus, we humbly bow.
For His birth grateful, we’re.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

When they looked at the sky above,
They saw the Star shine – His love.
We see stars bright, so clear,
Of His same love, so dear.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

To earth came the Son,
On the Cross it was finished,
No more to be done.
Our life becoming His mirror.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

And in our hearts
We know He’s appeared,
To bless each one,
To draw very near.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

A wonderful Christmas this year
Because there’s nothing to fear.
Long lines won’t matter,
Or traffic to clatter.
A wonderful Christmas this year.

— Charles B. Mayes

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

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The birth of Jesus Christ is not just the “real meaning of Christmas.”  It is the only meaning of Christmas.  This year, no matter what your economy, Christmas is wonderful for each one of us because of what the angel told the shepherds (and us), “Do not be afraid . . . a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. ”  [Holy Bible – Luke 2:10 (NIV)].

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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When God Brings You Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

When God Brings You Out

Philippians 3:13-14

When God brings you out
No looking back.
Thank Him continuously
So no setbacks.

Remember the pillar,
The wife of Lot?
Not resisting glancing behind.
She turned to salt.

Joseph put in the pit
By his brothers, all.
Forgave them later.
No downfall.

Jonah in the big fish,
Swallowed up.
Thankful to get out.
Frightful and rough.

Jesus says, “It is finished,”
On the cross, no wavier.
He in the tomb, then rose.
Thank God, our Savior!

When God brings you out
No looking back.
Thank Him continuously
So no setbacks.

— Charles B. Mayes

When God Brings You Out © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Graphic:  David Padfield/FreeBibleimages.org / Joseph Forced Into the Deep Cistern

When we have come out of bad situations, even years ago, we must not dwell on these things now in our mind, but continue to thank God for bringing us out, and move forward.  We see this in many Bible examples.

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Morning Watch

 

 

 

 

Morning Watch

Psalm 23

Sitting on hilly green grass.
Such a peaceful time.
Air fresh and cool.
Quiet, except the birds’ chimes.

With Bible in hand,
Looking up Psalm 23,
Morning watching,
Just God and me.

Reading and pondering:
My Defender and Guide –
My Good Shepherd, God.
His rod and staff alongside.

Leaving this place and moment.
Precious and so compelling.
I go into my day.
Close to God dwelling.

— Charles B. Mayes

Morning Watch © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Remembering those quiet times in the morning when I attended Bible Camp, we young campers went to different areas and read and meditated on God’s Word.  It was such a wonderful way to start the day feeling so close to God.

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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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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 © 2019 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.

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Ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos (He’s Already Taken Care of It)

Ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos

2 Crónicas 20:1-30

El problema puede ser difícil
Mientras surge en nuestro camino,
O quizá no sea tan ardua la senda
A medida que se esclarece el destino.

Oramos y pedimos ayuda al Señor
Y luego cantamos una canción,
Porque ya Él se encargó del asunto
Y la vida no será una tribulación.

Por las Escrituras animado,
Por Su Palabra reconfortado.
Ya Él del asunto se ha encargado,
Eso es lo que he escuchado.

Ya que Su Hijo en el Calvario
Por ti y por mí en el madero murió,
Él así se encargó del asunto
Y del pecado al fin nos libró.

Y entonces de la muerte
Se levantó el domingo aquel.
Ya Él se encargó del asunto
Y una nueva vida pasé a tener.

Así ando en el borde de la montaña,
Mirando a lo profundo, hacia lo más bajo,
Pero ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos
Y mi confianza y seguridad son mi agasajo.

Ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos / He’s Already Taken Care of It © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Translated by Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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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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Yo veo a Jesús (I See Jesus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yo veo a Jesús

Mateo 25:31-46

Yo veo Jesus
Amando a aquellos en necesidad,
Al modo de Sus bondadosos sirvientes,
Ayudando con obras de caridad.

Quien hace bocados, proveyendo baños,
Socorriendo a los que no tienen hogar,
A través de sus largas horas de daño.

Quien otorga esperanza,
Visitando a encarcelados,
En su situación de destemplanza.

Quien alivia la tristeza de una familia en duelo,
Sirviendo la cena,
Para conllevar su desconsuelo.

Quien busca sacar agua de corriente,
Yendo a una nación del tercer mundo,
Aliviando la sed de la gente.

Quien habla sobre una relación,
Predicando en los caminos,
Declarando salvación.

Yo veo Jesus
Amando a aquellos en necesidad,
Al modo de Sus bondadosos sirvientes,
Ayudando con obras de caridad.

— Charles B. Mayes

Yo veo Jesus / I See Jesus © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Translated by Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

Graphic:  “Homeless” –  pixabay.com

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ” – Matthew 25:40  (Holy Bible – NIV)

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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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