It’s That Time!

 

 

 

 

It’s That Time!

It’s Black Friday
Hitting the bricks and mortars
Through the burst doors.
Be aware of those gift hoarders!

Getting there early,
Even then you could be late.
Deep savings.
BOGO* might be the bait.

On Cyber Monday
Better deals your catching.
Free shipping, buying memberships,
But personal information their snatching.

Surfing for gifts,
Much faster, too.
You’d even wish to drone them
To Aunt Sue and Uncle Lou.

But Giving Tuesday
Is really the best
Contributing to selfless causes
To make a big difference.

The Salvation Army, the fire victims help.
Boys and Girls Clubs, fun things the kids can do.
Wounded Warrior Project, empowering Vets.
World Vision, gifting the needy something new.

So don’t forget Giving Tuesday,
On your calendar this year,
Bringing hope to others,
And a lot of Christmas cheer.

— Charles B. Mayes

* BOGO: Buy One Get One (Free or at a Reduced Price)

It’s That Time! © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

A few days – a few ways to spend our money.  Giving to help others is so important.  Give until it feels good!  [See Proverbs 18:16 and 2 Corinthians 9:7.]

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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.

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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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Thankful Praying

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Thankful Praying

When we look back at all God’s done,
In giving us His wonderful Son,
We want to do some thankful praying
Each and every one.

But we so oft’ forget all those other things
That God gives us every day.
Like the Children of Israel – who grumbled –
Dissatisfied in so many ways.

Taking time to look at what’s God’s done
In our past, we can see
That He has done many wonders
For you and me.

In our own lives,
He’s blessed us again and again.
So why don’t we remember what He’s done
To thank Him more, my friend?

This thankful praying is what God wants
And reminds us many times, too.
“Where are the nine?” Jesus asked.
That one, remembered the right thing to do.

So when we go through the day
And talk to God above.
Let’s remember to thankful pray
Giving Him all our love.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thankful Praying © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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When we pray, let’s remember to be thankful to God for all He’s giving us daily.

If you are dropping by for a visit, thank you.  I also appreciate my loyal followers.  May God richly bless each one 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.

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 poem and others 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 and Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Day Before Thanksgiving

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The Day Before Thanksgiving

The day before Thanksgiving –
It was crazy at the stores.
The people getting one last pie
Or some dressing, even more.

To bring all those groceries home
Was a big feat indeed.
To prepare for the feast tomorrow
Many hungry mouths to feed.

The Tom turkey readied
The special silver laid out.
The stress again on Mother
Was great without a doubt.

But what happened to thankfulness?
Do we remember what to do?
To bow our heads tomorrow
Our spirits to renew.

It’s a time of fellowship
With relatives and friends.
To tell what the Lord has giv’n.
Time and time again.

It’s more than turkey
Or the big game that’s really great.
It’s thanking God for Jesus
Who, for us, opens Heaven’s gate.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Day Before Thanksgiving © 2014 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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There is something about thankfulness that can change our bad attitude completely.  Expressing our appreciation to God reflects
back giving us wonderful peace.

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 and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Where Would We Go Today?

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Where Would We Go Today?

We remember the Pilgrims,
And what they went though,
Echoed through the years,
To me and you.

Going for religious freedom,
To a New Land,
From England,
That brave band.

Where would we go today,
From the U.S.A.,
As our religious freedoms,
Are being chipped away?

What land has even a potential,
Where people could worship as they please.
And live out their faith,
At home and workplace with ease?

So, the question rises,
To be answered this Thanksgiving Day –
The Pilgrims came here,
But where would we go far away?

                                      — Charles B. Mayes

Where Would We Go Today? © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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 Thanksgiving!

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Children Praise the Lord: A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions)

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Children Praise the Lord:
A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions)

From the lofty mountains,
To the valleys deep below,
Children praise the Lord,
Singing His songs as we go.

We clap our hands.
We lift our voices high.
He is our Creator.
We look upward to the sky.

Now it’s time to bow our heads,
And thank Him one by one,
For each and every thing He’s given,
For Jesus Christ, His Son.

*We thank Him for the sunshine.
We thank Him for the rain.
And for the little flowers,
Which grow right up again.

*We thank Him for our parents,
For our Sunday teachers, too.
We thank Him for our Pastor,
Who teach what’s right to do.

We know that He will bless us,
On our trip from young to old.
We are His special children.
He keeps us in His fold.

When we pray our prayers at night,
Extra thanks we’ll give,
For Thanksgiving Day itself,
And for our life to live.

                       — Charles B. Mayes
* Optional Verses

Children Praise the Lord:
A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions) 

From the lofty mountains,
(Hands, palms together, above head.)
To the valleys deep below,
(Hands flat, moving back and forth in front.)
Children praise the Lord,
(Hands raised with palms to audience.)
Singing His songs as we go.
(Cup hands around mouth.)

We clap our hands.
(Clap hands on “clap“.)
We lift our voices high.
(Hands out to the side.)
He is our Creator.
We look upward to the sky.
(Head looks up.)

Now it’s time to bow our heads,
(Bow head.)
And thank Him one by one,
(Hands in praying position, with palms together, pointing up.)
For each and every thing He’s given,
For Jesus Christ, His Son.
(One hand, point index finger up, as #1 gesture.)

*We thank Him for the sunshine.
(Fingers together above head making “the sun“.)
We thank Him for the rain.
(Hands from up to down with fingers wiggling.)
And for the little flowers,
Which grow right up again.
(Hands, with palms up, moving up.)

*We thank Him for our parents,
For our Sunday teachers, too.
We thank Him for our Pastor,
Who teach what’s right to do.
(Open hands, in front, making a “Bible” during above.)

We know that He will bless us,
On our trip from young to old.
(Move hand, with palm down, from very low to very high.)
We are His special children.
He keeps us in His fold.
(Hand, palm down, making wide circular motion.)

When we pray our prayers at night,
Extra thanks we’ll give,
(Hands in praying position, with palms together, pointing up.)
For Thanksgiving Day itself,
And for our life to live.
(Point index finger to chest.)

                                                                                — Charles B. Mayes
* Optional Verses
Embolden Text – Say more loudly.

Children Praise the Lord: A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions) © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.   All Rights Reserved.

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Production Notes:

Children Praise the Lord: A Thanksgiving 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.

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.

Please see that there are 2 Optional Verses. These could be used or not depending on the time allowed and/or the age of the children.

You could easily make this into a Children’s Day Reading, for which you  have my permission, by changing the ending to the following:

When we pray our prayers at night,
Extra thanks we’ll give,
For Children’s Day itself,
And for our life to live.

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

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Old Fashioned American Thanksgiving Dinner

 

 

Old Fashioned American
Thanksgiving Dinner

Put the turkey on the table.
See it golden brown.
Then bring the mashed potatoes.
The best feast in town!

With heads bowed
Around the table, hush –
Now thank the Lord out loud
For what He’s given us.

Hot rolls, kept warm
Covered by the cloth.
Turnips, corn, and peas,
A wonderful eating thought.

Sweet potatoes
With marshmallows on the top.
All that food.
We couldn’t even stop.

Coffee, tea, milk,
Water, and soda pop.
Drink quickly down
Pretty much nonstop.

Pimento stuffed olives,
Gravy on potatoes and meat.
Plenty of pickles and cranberry sauce,
Complementing  replete.

All kinds of desserts
With mincemeat and pumpkin pie,
Whipped cream on top,
All that meets the eye.

Good conversation
Between every bite,
Catching up on things,
Giving each the spotlight.

All enjoyed,
Can tell this now.
This great Thanksgiving Dinner
Was a blessing, Wow!

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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

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.
Note:  The illustration is not to be used in any way without permission from GospelGifs.com.

We should always be thankful for the daily food that God gives us.  Many can have an old fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner.  Many cannot.  We should provide help for those who need help with food.

I am thankful for those who read my blog.  Have a wonderful reminder of this  Thanksgiving Day!

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.

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