In less than 24 hours, Courtney and I will be on a plane headed to a land we love. If you’ve read my blog before, you know there’s something precious in the smell of dirt and diesel – it’s a fragrance that says “life is abundantly less – and more – than it seems.”

I’m working on our team playlists right now.  Yes, there will be a classic ’80s list (because “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” should be sung loudly by everyone), and there will be a list of songs we’ll sing (albeit poorly) with the orphans – songs like “Sapo Sapo” and “Open the Eyes.”  But the list that I love the most is the list of songs that become anthems for the moment – songs that become embossed with the images of faces and places, become mixed with the sound of laughter and weeping and whispered prayers.

Here’s one of the songs that will be on that playlist.  As you listen to it, pray for all the “beautiful things” He is crafting even now – pray each orphan will understand their beauty and worth in Him.  And pray for us, that we’ll fully understand it in our own lives as well.


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About Ronne Rock

LIFE. LOVE. LEADERSHIP. AND A LITTLE #KITCHENTHERAPY. Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems."   Ronne is represented by Karen Neumair at Credo Communications.

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