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What is it to listen? To listen, to truly listen is to attend to, to take in, to receive. To listen to another is one of the greatest acts of love we can ever give. To pay attention. To be present. To empty out of our striving to be heard and instead to hear. To listen to the sounds of our daily life, the sound of our spouse or children breathing their sleep; to hear the sounds in our sky and on our street; to hear the rhythm of our workmates steps in the halls; to attend to the craft and love bound into the music we resonate with – all of it calls for our attendance and acknowledgement. How much more to listen to the Voice of God, everywhere present with us and ever speaking if we would but attend and recognise it. Learning to be still is the first step of listening. Learning to love is its culmination.

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 11.15

“But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” John 10.2-4

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“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.
In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness:
touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it,
because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
~ Frederick Buechner 

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Jason Gray


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Centricity Music recording artist Jason Gray has released his latest music project, Order, the first volume of a three-part album, Order Disorder Reorder. The 5-song recording is available now on digital retail and streaming outlets globally through his website, as well as at physical retail.

“The new EP is a 5 song reflection,” continues Gray, “on what I think of as the kind of base-line wisdom that is foundational for future discovery: the humility that recognizes we are works in progress (“Becoming”), the simple gratitude for the gift and giver of life (“Maker Of Mornings”), the necessity of childlikeness (“The Wonder”), the peace of living surrendered (“I’m Gonna Let it Go”), and the hope that the author and finisher of our faith is always at work in the roller coaster ride of transformation (“Order Disorder Reorder”).”

The release of Order will be followed by Disorder and Reorder in a cascading release schedule over the next year.

"I decided to release Order Disorder Reorder in three parts to give time and space to reflect on one part of the journey before digging into the next," Gray says of the idea to explore these themes in three separate volumes.

One of my long time favourite music videos happens to be Jason Gray's Remind Me Who I Am

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Caroline Cobb - the Wonder

good. true. beautiful.

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