Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

A Prayer of Praise

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God of wild Afghanistan, its deserts and its peaks,
Of Palestine and Israel, the Turks, and of the Greeks,
Of every land, of every hill, all rivers and all lakes,
Of oceans, beaches, currents, and every wave that breaks,

You made the Earth, its plenitude, its seasons and its days,
The multitude of animals with their distinctive ways.
By your word came glaciers and wondrous waterfalls,
Thunder, lightning, whispering winds, melodic magpie calls.

In the Himalayas, the Bangladeshi plains,
The people you’ve created live in your domains.
Your likeness is ingrained in every person on the earth.
You know them and you love them, from before their day of birth.

No one land is God’s land; every place is yours,
From homelands, to our neighbours, to far and distant shores.
Nothing ever happens, from dawn to next sunrise,
That’s not by your permission, or takes you by surprise.

Our world is not forsaken; you’re following your plan.
To bring about your purposes, for the human clan.
The world began, will end at last, maintained at your commands.
Its schedule and our future, is entirely in your hands.

God of every place on Earth; each creature you designed.
Your purposes are perfect, for creation and mankind.
You are Lord of all the world, the keeper of our days.
We lift our hearts in prayer to you, in songs of grateful praise.

© Copyright Ellen Carr 2015


Rap Psalm


It’s a wonderful ability

to have the agility

the bouncebackabilty

to make a smile

your default style

to shine with grace

on your face

and carry on ….

When ill winds have blown

when bad times are known

when faced with pain and loss

when no-one gives a toss …

When unpredictability

rocks your calm stability

highlights your fragility …

When you’re tossed about

wracked with fear and doubt

you bear a heavy load

walk a rocky road …

Family matters

Plans in tatters

Bodily pain

Physical strain

Issues at work

Colleagues that irk

get you down

make you drown …

When a cavern of dark

makes sorrow so stark

when colors are grey

day after day …

When there seems no way out

you’re filled with self doubt

so full of stress

you’re a hopeless mess …

Can you rise above

like a dove

flying high

in the sky?

Can you turn your back

choose another track

turn away from the black?

Yes, you can.

You can stand on the Rock

on the strong building block

stretch your hand out to knock

on the door that will yield

seek your Strength and your Shield

let your soul be restored

let the Word be your Sword.

And you will soar

on wings for sure.

be given capability

for bouncebackability.

© Ellen Carr 2014

Bouncebackability‘ is a new word, recently added to the Oxford Dictionary. It is defined as ‘the capacity to recover quickly from a setback’.

When things are tough we can, with God’s help, bounce back. God can definitely help us at these times. He can restore our hope and joy.

However, there are times when we need human help as well, in the form of counselling, pastoral help or medical help, as well as help from friends and family. God can use any or all of these too to help us bounce back.

This poem is intended to be read as a ‘rap’. Any rap artists out there who’d like to perform it for me? Please let me know!

I’ve put some Bible references below, relating to what the poem says about how God helps us to bounce back.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2 NIV)

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Luke 11:9 NIV)

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. (Psalm 28:7 KJV)

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3 KJV)

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17 NIV)

…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will
soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.( Isaiah 40:31 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