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.
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
These thoughts today from Amalia Pappano Plantone. She titled them “Adversity can be a Blessing” and I think you’ll find hope in these lines:
Wise words on a hope-themed quilt made by Debbie Fogg.
Young and old, rich or poor, male or female, sooner or later each one will experience some kind of problem or adversity. It is life!
The right alternative to handle a problem is the same for all kinds of people; prayers, faith, hope and complete trust in a merciful God, Who desires to help us.
Don’t underestimate the power of your prayers, put them and your problems in God’s Hands, and in a positive attitude expect the Grace of God to turn the adversity into a victory…
I reside in Greece in a home my husband built in 1980 and attend church daily. I was married to a wonderful man, Cosmo for 56 years and raised 4 great children. I enjoy writing and working in the yard.