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Still Life

August 30, 2011
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(New arrival or long-lost friend? Have a look at On Arrival or Return Flight to gather your bearings)

Amongst the old records leaning against one another on a shelf in my living room, John Fischer is an old favourite. He aptly captures the idea of calm in the chaotic in his song Still Life, the title track of his 1973 album (you can listen to the whole album, starting with Still Life here):

Still life
We were always meant to live a still life

But somehow we got trapped into the fast life
The cast life
Where everyone plays a part

You lose yourself in the fast life
In the fast pace of the rat race
Where no one knows who you are
And nobody cares
If there really is a God
And he has something to say
We would never hear it
‘Cause the noise is in the way

Still life
We were always meant to live a still life
Where everyone can see our real life
Be still and know who is God

These last few words change everything. Without God, we are left in a world where no one knows who you are… “but whoever loves God is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:3)

…and where nobody cares, but “the LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:7).

For more on this, why not read the Liam Bailey review Liam Bailey – Peace of Mind?

 Left: Liam Bailey

The last line of Fischer’s song – Be still and know who is God – is inspired by Psalm 46:10 – “He [the LORD] says, “Be still, and know that I am God”.

Charlotte Smith’s poem ‘To Night’ also brings the Psalmist’s words to mind; you can read Calm – not before, but in the midst of, the storm for more on what it means to know calm in a chaotic world.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. jwfisch permalink
    October 19, 2011 05:32

    Thanks!

    John Fischer

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