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Day 43: Matt Maher Music

"Christian" music has not really ever been my cup of tea. Not because it's not good, but just because most of it is not a musical style that suits my tastes. In one episode of the Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast, the priests were talking about how for so much Christian music, you could just replace "Jesus" with "baby" or something like that and it would be a ho-hum pop love song, and I tend to agree.

All of that being said, I'm really getting into Matt Maher's music lately.

I think it all started with Cor Jesu, a monthly event at my parish that includes praise and worship music. One of the musicians who regularly shares his gifts for that event is our friend J. He plays/sings some of Matt Maher's music, and some of the songs just drew me in, and I downloaded a couple of his albums (this one and this one) on my iPod. The lyrics speak to me, as do his powerful performances.

This week, I changed my 6 a.m. alarm from an annoying buzz to "Lord I Need You" which is one of the songs introduced to me by J.
Where sin runs deep, your grace is more
Where grace is found, is where you are
These are words that are good for me to hear as I reluctantly get out of bed, and several times throughout the day as well.

And "Glory Bound", which speaks of mercy - my need for it and my call to practice it with others.
Come on make some room in your heart for mercy
Come on make some room for a little grace
Come on make some room for the sinners and the saints

I love this line from "A Future Not My Own":
Lord, help my unbelieving, my poverty, I'm incomplete. 
Our wise priest has spoken several times in homilies and privately with me about recognizing where my poverty lies, and I definitely needed that eye opener.

The kids and I have been enjoying dancing to the upbeat tune of "All the People Said Amen" and a little dancing goes a long way on cold stay-home days like today!

This music is really uplifting to me right now, and when I feel too exhausted or upset to pray on my own, it is my prayer. I'm so thankful when people share their gifts and talents for the greater good!

For a limited time, the Saints and Sinners album is on sale for $5.99 on iTunes. Check it out! I don't get commission. I just really like it! Check out Matt Maher's post on Facebook, which links to the sale!

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