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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As the Sun/Son Rises: Readings in Parallel

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As the Sun/Son Rises: Readings in Parallel

As the Sun Rises

As the Sun Rises,
What a glorious view
Of yellow, orange, and red –
Beautiful hues.

I take the time
To thank God for a day, new
Of life of Jesus, of blessings
Of loved ones, too.

When the Sun Rises utterly,
I relax with mind, not cluttery
With Bible and hymnal in hand
I ready myself for worship within.

I thank God of heaven
For that sunrise He made.
What a wonderful way
To begin a new day!

—Charles B. Mayes

As the Son Rises

As the Son Rises,
A glory to view,
Bursting forth from the opened tomb
Yellow, orange, and red hues.

We take this time
To thank God for Life, anew
Through Jesus’ resurrection
Showing His love for all, too.

When the Son Rises utterly,
His peace brings clarity, not cluttery
With His Word and singing hymns
The Disciples now worship Him.

We thank our God of heaven
For sending His Son to rise.
We trust and obey,
As we begin a new day!

— Charles B. Mayes

As the Sun/Son Rises: Readings in Parallel (As the Sun Rises and As the Son Rises) © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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These Readings in Parallel might be used as a Reader’s Theater. One person could read the poem on the top and another person the poem on the bottom or vice versa. Also, the first verse on the top could be read, then the first verse on the bottom, etc. or the first verse on the bottom could be read, then the first verse on the top, etc.

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(s) 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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We’ll Talk Another Time

Because He Lives

We’ll Talk Another Time
 (Dedicated to My Aunt)

I phone my dear Aunt
To catch up on old times.
She radiates Jesus,
Her mind sharp and kind.

It’s time to say, “Goodbye” now.
She said, “We’ll talk another time.”
As we click off the phone,
I knew she had Heaven on her mind.

Now when Jesus softly calls her
To come on home to Him,
We’ll talk another time in Heaven,
When He says, “Come on in!”

When we see each other again
Inside the pearly gates,
I will meet you over there,
You and I – we can not wait.

We’ll have eternal life before us.
We will visit for all hours.
We’ll talk another time in Heaven.
We’ll be His and He’ll be ours.

— Charles B. Mayes

We’ll Talk Another Time © 2014 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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When we lose someone very dear to us, it is so hard.  But, when a Christian dies, we have the assurance that they will be in Heaven enjoying life forevermore.

(The graphic today is entitled, “Because He Lives We Have New Life”.)

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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Running to the Tomb

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Running to the Tomb
(John 20:1-9; Luke 24: 9-12)

We are running to the tomb
After we hear what the women said.
Was Jesus the Christ –
Alive or dead?

We have to find out
If it is really true,
Seeing the stone rolled away,
Who will get there first, me or you?

Then we both see an empty tomb,
Strips of linen laid in place,
And the folded burial cloth,
That had been on His face.

We now come to belief:
Breaking the bonds of death,
That our Master rose.
Salvation offered, now we’re at rest.

— Charles B. Mayes

Running to the Tomb © 2014 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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When we also  run to the tomb, we can discover for ourselves the risen Lord who broke the bonds of death and opened the way to Heaven for us through His grace.

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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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.

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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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Lighten Your Burden

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Lighten Your Burden

Lighten your burden
Everyday.
Get in His Word,
Take time to pray.

He will shield you
With His love,
Heavenly angels
From above.

— Charles B. Mayes

Lighten Your Burden Copyright © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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When we have a lot of burdens, reading God’s Word and praying always helps us.     As the old hymn says, “Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary.”  When we are busy doing God’s business, He is busy doing our business.

I always appreciate each person who reads this blog whether it be free email subscribers; those reading it through WordPress or a web browser; or our Linkedin friends.

If you would like to use this poem 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 International Christian Center San Jose and San Bruno International Christian Center.

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!

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