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Finding the sacred in everyday life
Day 7: Welcoming music and its beauty
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
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Todd Fields



 I often have a hard time describing the sacred power of music — how it welcomes God’s presence — so I asked Todd Fields, music pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, to explain how music reaches into our hearts and moves us. It is my hope that as Christmas trees go up and presents begin to be wrapped, we’ll take some time this weekend for stillness. For listening. For welcoming the gift of music.

Todd…

Music without lyrics can cause a human to shed tears or want to run a race as fast as they can. It’s so powerful! When emotive music is paired with the message of hope for the world, it resonates deep within us. Our eyes see beauty all around in creation. Our brains carry memories of our stories, and music helps link our souls with our creator.

I also asked Todd which songs he would recommend for welcoming Christmas. His answer?



  • “Hallelujah” from North Point Christmas: Let There Be Light


  • “Unto Us” from North Point Christmas: Let There Be Light


  • “All is Well” from North Point Christmas: Let There Be Light


  • “Do You Hear” from North Point Christmas




Enjoy your weekend, my friends.



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