December, 2016

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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For ministering to dry sponges, Pastor, thank you

December 14, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Once upon a time on a rainy Easter Sunday, a family of five walked through its doors. They were country folks, that family of five, raised in small churches, and Plain ones. On hard, wooden benches the Word, it was spoken, and the voices rang clear, a capella. It was a long and winding route, unforeseen, […]

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For the weary perfectionist, “How to love, simply speaking”

December 14, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The stockings were hung by the bookcase with care, and by the light of the tree, there it came… The world’s best coffee steaming in my favorite mug, I’m curled up in a blanket of down. In this best-loved winter place in lamp’s soft, warm light, I open it up. God’s heart tucked within a leather […]

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“Electoral College” vote leaves mom the clear winner

December 13, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was the morning after the Iowa caucus. An eager nation had waited into the night, breathless, for an unnamed citizen in a pickup truck to arrive with the last of the votes. I’d missed his arrival and the final announcement of an eight-vote squeaker that broke at last in favor of Romney. Now, a […]

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