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Finding the sacred in everyday life
Pushing through the fear: Sharing our gifts
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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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By simplyfaithful
June 29, 2013 5:15 p.m.



A few weeks ago I shared how I was inspired by the words of Rachel Whaley Doll and how she encourages people to share their gifts. Now, she’s telling more of her story…

I wrote “Unwrapping Our Dreams” as much to myself as to anyone.

Holding out our gifts to share is scary; what if it’s not enough? But just before I turned forty, it dawned on me that even if I bomb, if my gift is not accepted, the kids will still go to sleep in a safe, warm bed, there will be enough for breakfast, the earth will not shatter. (I somehow always thought it would!) So in my fortieth year, I decided to put the gifts I had been given “out there.”

I sang the national anthem in front of over five thousand people at a Red Wings game (not even close to my comfort zone!). Here is a link to a vocal recording I have done, http://threadsofcreativity.com/songs/ . I published a book, The Exquisite Ordinary. With Women of the Well, a Biblical Storytelling troupe in Rochester, I helped create and lead programs and retreats.

Sometimes I messed up, forgetting part of my story when telling, or finding a typo the day of the book’s release! But nothing shattered, no one freaked out. I learned lessons that stay with me, and I gain a little self confidence each time I put something out there. I’ve received letters from readers about how they’ve decided to hold their dreams in the light, as well. I am so happy to know my words gave them courage.

We are on this journey together, and it’s so much more beautiful when each one adds their own colorful mark!

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