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Mark Grosz

Hi Jonny,

I was trying to find and read Sally's article but in doing so, I ran across your blog and thought I'd reply. I'm a songwriter and worship leader from Pennsylvania, USA.

I do write songs from out of the sad and desperate places. I consider them a resource for God to pull out when He wants them. I oversee the worship bands that support the healing prayer nights at our church and we do have occasion to use them. When we take a band out for coffeehouses, I definitely pull them out and use them because they are part of the terrain I have hiked through - they are an honest expression of my Christian life and experience. As a writer, the songs I wrote about pain and struggle had a high cost to me. In the right moment, they can encourage and comfort someone else who is walking through a similar place and we can walk that trail together. The hurt I've experienced can become a weapon in the hand of the Lord, to heal the broken.

So is there a place for real, authentic worship? In my experience, it is what people are desiring. We can find a togetherness in the place of real life, not to commiserate but to help each other climb back up. Recently, I met with a friend who lost his wife to cancer. We closed the Friendly's restaurant down and talked for another hour after that. It was just living life together, expressing ourselves to each other, enjoying each other and caring for each other. The place of worship should be the same. In fact, even though there was no music, our meeting was worship to God - an expression of our faith in His ability to work through us and our expression of His Kingdom now.

If you are interested, please listen to Walk Upon the Waters, in the Music section of my website


website: www.mightyrivermusic.com
blog: mightyrivermusic.wordpress.com

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