The Day Before Thanksgiving

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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 © 2022 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.

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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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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.

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Thank You!

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Thank You!

Your power works Your purpose
As we go along each day.
It’s time to say a thank you
To you, Lord, when we pray.

We trusted you before
To provide for now,
And you came through as always
So now we humbly bow.

You answered and You helped us
Just as in the days of old,
As in those Bible stories
Since childhood we were told.

We stand and hold our head up
And raise holy hands up high,
Or we kneel beside the bed,
Or on the floor we lie.

We thank you, Lord, for answering
Our pray this very day,
For taking all our worry
And fret right away.

Your power works Your purpose
As we go along each day.
It’s time to say a thank you
To you Lord, when we pray.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thank You! © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

When we pray and God answers, we are so excited that we tell others, but we must not forget to thank Him.

Speaking of “thanks,” I wanted to thank the growing number of those who follow my website, and also 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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What If You Met Yourself ?

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What If  You Met Yourself ?

What if you met yourself
From years ago?
What is your Christian walk like now?
Did you spiritually grow?

Are you more
Into receiving His Word?
What about praying
To God undeterred?

Are you thankful
For what you have right now,
Before realizing what you miss
When later it might be disallowed?

Are you watching what you watch
On the Internet and TV?
Are you serving the Lord
With all your availability?

Are you cheerfully giving, as you’re able,
To those both here and abroad
Who tell others about Jesus –
Lovingly, the whole Word of God.

What if you met yourself
From years ago?
What is your Christian walk like now?
Did you spiritually grow?

— Charles B. Mayes

What If You Met Yourself ? © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Sometimes it’s good to reflect on our personal spiritual growth as a Christian.  We can never be perfect, but we can be complete in Christ.  As we grow in His grace we get close to Him, and that’s the best place to be!

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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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.

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

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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Joy Restored

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Joy Restored

Are you down in the dumps,
With problems quite a few?
Do you not see a way out,
Every way you view?

Did you stay away from church,
Because you were so low?
Did you want to stay alone,
Rather than fellowship know?

Then you went back,
A smile and handshake received,
A reminder of how God
Can work in your life as He leads.

With a thankful heart,
You once again shine,
As your joy is restored,
With renewal of your mind.

(John 15:5; Romans 12:2)

                       — Charles B. Mayes

Joy Restored © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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When we are feeling low, we may not want to go to church, but that is the best time for us to fellowship with each other.  That is the best opportunity to have our joy restored.

I really appreciate you dropping by this blog, and also my followers.

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 San Bruno (CA) 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.

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My Praying Chair

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My Praying Chair

It doesn’t look so nice,
Setting over there,
All lumpy and threadbare –
I just call it my Praying Chair.

Some pray other positions,
But I sit in that seat,
A very usual place,
For the Lord and me to meet.

If I wake up in the night
From my bed to stay,
I rise and go there,
To simply, quietly pray.

I praise the Lord,
For Who He is.
And then I thank Him,
For all He gives.

This for shelter, food,
Clothing, and water, too.
For the morning soon breaking,
For life—for me, for you.

Next, about a burden,
Binding a dear one,
Whom I’d thought about,
After the day was done.

Perhaps for healing . . .
Coming to the Lord . . .
Getting closer to Jesus . . .
Or for finances—to afford.

In my chair,
I talk to the One,
My Friend—my Comfort
Through His dear Son.

Later, I fall,
Into a sleep so sweet,
Until the night,
Is past complete.

You may wonder,
All lumpy and threadbare,
Why I keep it –
I just call it my Praying Chair.

                     —  Charles B. Mayes

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

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Maybe there’s a special place where you like to pray.  In college we had a Prayer Room.  The most important thing is to pray.  Talk to God as if He were your best friend because He is.

If you are visiting this blog for the first time or are returning – welcome and thank you for stopping by.  I also really appreciate the followers who receive these poems in their email inbox, and my 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.
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The above poem was recently published in a periodical.  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 was glad to present a poem at an area church Sunday.  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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Are You A Thanks Giver?

 

 

 

Are You A Thanks Giver?

Are you a thanks giver
As you walk along your way?
Do you remember to really
Thank God when you pray?

Do you talk to God
Like the Friend He really is
Thanking God for what
He constantly daily gives?

Are you thankful
Only for earthly things,
Or also for things heavenly
Does your heart sing?

Do you thank Him
Through good and bad?
Do you keep thanking God
No matter how happy or sad?

Are you a thanks giver
As you walk along your way?
Do you remember to really
Thank God when you pray?

— Charles B. Mayes

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

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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.
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We can never thank God enough for what He was done for us.  We tend to thank Him for material things, but should also remember the spiritual things.  The first is that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Rescuer and Leader.  This is not only something that happens when we trust Him, but continues to happen now, and in the future.

I am thankful to God for all of you who follow my blog whether by email; web browsers; or Linkedin.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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 Thanksgiving.

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The Last Thanksgiving

 

 

 

The Last Thanksgiving

Remember the First Thanksgiving,
When the Pilgrims prayed,
To thank God,
Who was their daily stay?

They thanked Him,
With their Indian friends,
After that terrible winter,
For food and helping them.

He provided for them:
There was much to pay,
Even with great losses,
Each and every grueling day.

In the morning,
Did your knees bow
And thank God for another day
Of life in the now?

At noon did you remember
To return thanks for what God has given,
At this mid-day time,
The sun high in the heavens?

Your hands – did they clasp
When you sat down to eat,
Thanking the Lord above
For the vegetables and meat?

Did you give gratitude,
Like a vesper time,
In the cool of the evening,
For getting you through, just fine?

So the Last Thanksgiving
Is really up to you.
When was it?
When did you last give thanks, too?

— Charles B. Mayes

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

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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.
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“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Holy Bible – Ephesians 5:20 – NIV)

It seems that we always need reminders to the thankful.  It should not be so, but it is.

I’m thankful for you who read my poems.  I prayerfully hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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.

I would love to do a Book Reading to your group in the San Jose, California area.  If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

Also, 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 again Happy Thanksgiving!

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