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Finding the sacred in everyday life
Day 3: Finding hope in our mistakes
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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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Feb. 15, 2013 5:10 a.m.



Pillow2For two weeks Debbie Fogg poured through her fabric for something bright. She designed an angel to embroider and worked with her son to perfect a poem about comfort and love — all in hopes of winning a sewing contest and $50,000 for charity. Then, when her pillow was finished, she read the rest of the directions.

All her fabric had to be from one store, and she had to have receipts.

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387091_558287784190226_1041926299_n“I am very very passionate when it comes to my love of horses and my sewing. So I sat and stewed about it for a week as to which time a young lady that I had done horse shows with lost her father to brain cancer. She was only 16 and totally devastated. I gave her the pillow with the poem on the back of it. She cried and cried thanking me for such a special and precious gift.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

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IMG_1148“After I gave it to her and saw how much it meant to her, I decided right then and there I was not entering it in the contest, I was going to make them and give them to people who have lost loved ones or just going through a difficult time in their life. I have since made over 100 pillows…. To me there is no greater feeling than putting a smile on a sad face.”

Out of one mistake, many blessings and hope.

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Today’s journal page was designed by me (Marketta) and inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem where she writes, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all….”

To download today’s journal page and write your own thoughts, click here.

Here’s a glimpse…

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