Criticism’s not fatal when you’re firm on the Rock

January 13, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

In morning’s brisk air, I pop on in. I’ve just come from some time spent with a friend in a local coffee shop. Mister steps forward to greet me and hands me an envelope with my name. I’ve got mail. I look at the front. Ah, this will be reader mail from a magazine I’d […]

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Building bridges to the new generation

January 11, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

He’d not come to me himself. I’d not heard a peep about it; no mention of his distress. He’d slid home late that night after his father and I had turned in, and I’d not seen him. The next day, it got a mention. Not from the party involved, of course. Not from him, for he […]

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Called to pray–for Love

January 10, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

A year ago, I had a dream. In the picture, they gathered around, arms reaching. Some hands lifted in supplication, others touching a man. In the center. The one in the middle of the group. And a voice, it rose in prayer… It’s early in the morning. In the darkness, my slumbering mind stirs, awakens. […]

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Why you don’t have to fear how the story turns out

January 7, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

In the early morning’s hour, I awaken. Outside, it’s bitter cold, scarce fit for man or beast. Tucked beneath the covers, my body is still, but my mind begins to roam. What is it about the dark? In the blackness, fear-kernels that seem small, benign, can explode like seeds of corn a-poppin’. And all at […]

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For peace that will last, it’s His word against yours

January 5, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It came to me today by the lamp’s quiet light. Post holidays, now, a bit of malaise had crept in. This, on the heels of a contentious election. Here in the days approaching inauguration, strident voices still shouted opinions, flung charges, tempers flaring on social media. It was enough to make one’s eardrums bleed. Besides all […]

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What we’re all needin’, strays and not-strays, in the coming year

December 31, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

We’ve just come from a fabulous Ozark Christmas, round one down in Branson. Here on The Three, we’re headin’ into round two of the GCC, the Grand Christmas Celebrations. It’s time to gather with the Schrocklets Four and hunker down to party. Stockings and presents and food. Oh, my! To shoot real straight, I hadn’t […]

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What you should know if you’re lovin’ a stray

December 22, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

In the middle of a firin’-busy kind of a day, a quick, urgent word comes. For someone. Perhaps, my friend, for you? In whirlwind’s vortex, the holiday schedule overwhelms. Programs and concerts. Gatherings and food. Traveling and shopping and gifts. What a wild, colorful, angelic, lit-up, Heaven-comes-down-to-the-earth time of year. What a painful and sorrowful […]

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For the unpopular, the ugly, Jesus cares

December 21, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

A quick message on this, a terribly busy day. It was on Sunday last that he said it. “Go to Isaiah 53.” And I did… In this high and holy season, my heart, it stirs. My thoughts have been in another country, another time. With another small mother. With her child. I feel a longing […]

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It’s not a perfect Christmas (or family), but it’s a really good one

December 20, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I noticed it when he left for summer camp. After dropping him off, it was as though the very house breathed a sigh, joists, rafters, shingles and window panes realigning and settling into place. Even the air, which vibrates with life and noise when he is here, grew still, silent, calm. It was upon one […]

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When someone you love is dying

December 17, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This is an odd kind of Christmas message, I know. In this high and holy season, the sights, the sounds, the aromas, they weave a bright, golden tapestry. At the center, a star appears. Above a stable low and rough, it shines its light. And over it all, angelic song… Today, in another town, another […]

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