Living in the Blessing: A Christmas Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

Living in the Blessing:
A Christmas Thanksgiving

The kid wanted that bike all year.
Smiling, walking quickly toward the tree,
The climax of begging his parents daily,
The shiny bike was there.  See!

As he jumped on it,
“It doesn’t have a horn –
A beeping one, with a red button!”
He looked so forlorn.

So from that time
To the next Yuletide
He kept pleading for the horn.
Greater, greater, greater magnified.

Then when Christmas arrived,
The next year,
The blaring horn on his bike
Appeared.

He had the blessing,
But it turned out bittersweet
Because he wasn’t satisfied
With only that bike to keep.

Shouldn’t we live in the blessing
This Christmas and all way?
Shouldn’t we thank God for it
Each and every day?

        — Charles B. Mayes

Living in the Blessing: A Christmas Thanksgiving  © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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RELATING ORNAMENTS TO GIFTS

“Really like this poem. [Christmas Is A Family Time / Navidad es época familiar]                  My favorite line was about the star not being on the tree.  Also relating the ornaments to the gifts from the wise men.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

SHARING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL

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Where Will You Be on Thanksgiving Day?

 

 

 

Where Will You Be on Thanksgiving Day?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
With Grandma and Aunt Kim,
Eating some roast turkey
With all the trimmings?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
Serving potatoes and greens
At the homeless shelter
To those with no means?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
At home by yourself
Enjoying a frozen dinner
Then the Book from a shelf?

Where you be on Thanksgiving Day?
Watching the game
From afternoon ’till night
With only one aim?

Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day?
Where it really counts – your heart.
Are you in a thankful place
For what God’s giving you?
Thankfulness to God that never departs?

— Charles B. Mayes

Where Will You Be on Thanksgiving Day? © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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There are many locations that someone might be on Thanksgiving Day, but most important is to truly be thankful to God from our heart wherever we are.

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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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This poem [Reflecting] is wonderful!!!  As I think back I can reflect on the Bible lessons some since childhood. The characters almost become friends to us, knowing about their lives. Thank you for bringing them to mind again.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

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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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ALMOST BECOMING FRIENDS

This poem [Reflecting] is wonderful!!!  As I think back I can reflect on the Bible lessons some since childhood. The characters almost become friends to us, knowing about their lives. Thank you for bringing them to mind again.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

SHARING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL

“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”  Travis B., Asbury, WV.

VERY MOVING

“I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK.

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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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Thanksgiving Always

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Always

Psalm 100:4-5; I Timothy 2:8

With thanksgiving always,
Each and every day,
We lift out hearts in worship.
We lift our hands in praise.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thanksgiving Always © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

[Image:  Jesse Schutt – FreeImages.com]

We should never forget to thank God for all the wonderful things He gives us daily.  We feel this in our heart, and may show this by raising  our hands in praise.

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

If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

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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