Archive for September, 2013

Required of me

Warm in an insular house

chaired in a spring-padded seat

switch in my lazy hand

glass brimming chocolate heat


I watch the network news.


‘Candidate digging for dirt

Opponent stabbing some backs

Bank lends its ill-gotten gain

Millionaires minimise tax’


Injustice rears its head.


Act justly


Safe in my middle-class home

replete from my adequate meals

my feet in slippers of fur

a cushion under my heels


I sip my comfort drink.


‘Foreign aid budget sized down

Redundancy causes great pain

Drought drives a million from homes

Health reform founders again’


Inequity strikes again.


Love mercy


Here in my castle of bricks

safe from the outside harm

cocooned from the turbulent world

secure in suburban calm


I nibble roasted nuts.


‘Philanthropist honoured by queen

Millionaire gives fifty grand

Senator filmed in a slum

giving some food out by hand’


I flick the switch to off.


Walk humbly with your God


Soft in my comfort zone

sheltered and sated, I pray

‘Lord in this difficult world

show me your chosen way.’


His word to me is clear:

‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.’


(Micah 6:8, NIV)


‘The Peace of God’ – a song

This is a song that I wrote last year. I wrote the words and Nick Flynn did a great job in putting it to music. Here Nick sings it with his wife Elisa doing the harmonies and saxophone. Nick is playing  guitar.

The song is based on  Philippians 4:6-7 from  the Bible.

Here’s the link so you can hear it. The words are below.

Here are the words:

The Peace of God

1. Do not be anxious about anything at all,

But just remember on whom you can call.

With a heart of thanks offer up your prayers,

And all your requests to our God who really cares.

2. With the Lord in place at the centre of your heart.

Worry is displaced and your fears will depart.

The peace of God, far better than we can understand,

Will guard your heart and mind like a strong gentle hand.


Repeat Verse 1

Based on Philippians 4:6-7


© 2012 Ellen Carr (words), Nick Flynn (music)

Words: Ellen Carr

Music: Nick Flynn

Vocalists: Nick and Elisa Flynn

Guitarist: Nick Flynn

Saxophonist: Elisa Flynn