October, 2015

Jesus, the shining star on the canvas (or, lessons learned in a camp)

October 30, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was the first time we’d Skyped since they’d landed in Greece. After a 12-hour bus ride, a layover in Athens, more travel and then a ferry ride over, their feet had finally touched land. The trip itself was an experience. The Temple of Zeus. The Parthenon. The site of the early Games (yes, the […]

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“We’re all special needs”

October 27, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It popped right on out. Sometimes it dawns, slow and steady as the sun. Other times, it bursts upon you as autumn rains and winds lash over one’s yard. And every once in awhile upon a blue moon, the truth just falls right out. Sitting in the chair, I’m telling it to her. My friend and hairdresser, […]

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On a sea-lashed shore, Love awaits

October 23, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

On a chilly October day, the sky, it lowers, gray. Up and down the streets of our small town, the maple trees blaze color; shout glory in brilliant oranges, yellows and reds. It’s peaceful here, idyllic. But in another place a world away… It was just this Sunday last. After days of silence, he’d messaged me. […]

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Unless you lay your Isaac down

October 21, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

A lone, steep hill. One father, trudging slow, shoulders bent, spirit low. One son, uncertain, follows close, unknowing. Up and up ’til legs, they burn. And a heart, all the while, it breaks… Sitting ‘cross the table, two mugs placed just before, I’m telling a story. Of a mother, filled with fear. Of a long […]

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To satan, “Your butt just got whipped”

October 19, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was a stirring that came months ago. Sick to the death of religion; of do’s and don’ts, of shoulds and oughts, I’d taken the simple approach. “God, I want YOU to teach me.” Plain and simple. To my great delight, it pleased Him. Far from meting out condemnation or reproof, it seemed to me […]

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“Grounds for Insanity” and Praise

October 16, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was a year ago ’bout now. The last column went in, the notice went out and the spotlight clicked dark, curtains closed. I’d told it before, how The Mister, he’d preach (“you should be writing!”). How I would resist with some snark and some sass. How all of a sudden, a door. In the […]

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Of birthrights and orphans and love shaped like cookies

October 15, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Standing there at the counter, I feel it. The soft stickiness of the dough clings to my fingers as I measure, drop, plop. Measure, drop, plop. Measure, drop… The counter before me is covered. Running the count in my head (9 dozen, 10 dozen, and on to 11), I think it. “And isn’t it every […]

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Lessons for life found in running

October 9, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was the 11th hour and the 59th minute when he announced it. Just as mandatories were set to begin, he decided to pull the trigger. And there he went… Coming home one night from a three-mile walk, there he was, loping in a giant circle about our property. We stopped, watching, taking it in. […]

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The War Room

October 6, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was before the movie came out. Before the series began. Before any of it had gone public, the stirring had come. All my life, I’d heard it. “We should pray.” All my life, they’d preached it. “You should pray.” In church. At Bible School. On the radio and everywhere, Christians would say it. “We […]

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Loving God and others on borrowed time

October 5, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This column was originally published in the 10/13/08 edition of The Goshen News. Every year when the maple tree in our front yard starts to color up, I think of Lisa and what she said to me once, “I’m afraid I’m going to have an accident sometime when I go past your house because […]

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