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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Current Affairs (06/07/12)

TITLE: What does the Lord require of you?
By Ellen Carr
06/07/12


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What does the Lord require of you?

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)


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/08/12
I really liked this. I've found myself staying away from the news because it stresses and scares me so. The last stanza comforted me with a blanket of peace.
Sunny Loomis 06/14/12
When I had TV the mute and off buttons got the most use. Good work. Thank you.
Nancy Bucca 06/15/12
Great message in this and very well put. Congratulations!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/15/12
This is so lovely. I'm not sure how I missed it as I thought I had read them all but perhaps God knew I needed to hear these words today. I've been having panic attacks lately and want to hide in my safety net. Your words encouraged me to call on God for strength. Congratulations. You will do well in level 3 !
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/15/12
Oh I was positive my comment wasn't there before. God must have REALLY known I needed to hear these words again. It's kind of spooky in a good way. But know by writing this you did follow God's will.
CD Swanson 06/15/12
Congrats! God Bless~
CD Swanson 06/15/12
Congrats on the EC! God Bless~
Lois Farrow06/15/12
Congratulations on your placing. A wonderful entry that says so much.