An Open Letter. To You.

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It’s September. Already, it’s September. I sit under a canopy of trees near the Natchez Trace and listen to the rain gently tap out its melody on the leaves. A few fall, their glorious gold glistening like glitter. For five years, I’ve celebrated September’s arrival here. There have been cookouts with friends, treasure hunts, drives along winding Tennessee roads, wine and whiskey, and piping hot Loveless biscuits – all to say ‘thank you’ to summer.

Tomorrow, the parties will commence. But today – this very first of September deserves a different sort of celebration. Today, I want to celebrate you. Yes, you. My summer has been written by your stories, and I’ve personally been changed because of you. You’ve not banged a drum loudly or pushed your way into view. In fact, most of you didn’t even know your impact. But you’ve reminded me of something so valuable, so essential.

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You’ve reminded me of Jesus. The real Jesus. A powerful, grace-filled warrior Jesus. A more-than-worthy of my complete attention and my affection Jesus. Yes, even you who deny His divinity. This summer, you have pointed time and time again to Him.

So today, I thank you

for walking bravely into hard places, even when common sense says “there’s got to be a more reasonable way”

for dreaming crazy audacious dreams

for questioning and wondering and doubting, because you know that real truth is stronger than platitude and persuasion

for showing mercy beyond measure to those who are merciless

for confessing weakness and struggle in a world that says “those things will destroy your reputation”

for leaning in closely to listen in a clamouring white-noise world

for being unafraid to speak up – and unafraid to be silent – even when fear roars

for making a place for others to rest

For being the merciful, the peacemaker, the meek, the faithful. For being the healer, the encourager, the teacher, the giver. And even for being the skeptic.

Thank you.

Your journey has given mine clarity. Your summer has infused mine with greater purpose.

Here’s to September. Let the celebration begin.

“The thing about light is that it really isn’t yours; it’s what you gather and shine back. And it gets more power from reflectiveness; if you sit still and take it in, it fills your cup, and then you can give it off yourself.” ~Anne Lamott


When was the last time you thanked someone for their impact in your life? Trust me, I don’t do it often enough. Would you take a little time today and celebrate someone? I’d love to know your story. 

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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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13 thoughts on “An Open Letter. To You.”

  1. Ronne you have been such an inspiration to me over the last couple of months. It’s been a summer of dreaming and STARTing and change and you have been an important part in that. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with all of us!

  2. Even though I only know you through shared Instagram pictures, tweets and blog posts, you’ve impacted me more than you know. Your passion for life, Christ, family, photography & food inspire me and make me all the more determined to meet for real someday. You make me want to write better, cook better and just all around love better.
    You’re a blessing and I’m so thankful God put you in my path!

    1. Kate, I am thankful too! I feel as though we are longtime friends, and know that our meeting will be like a sweet reunion! Thank you for your daily example of grace and beauty!

  3. Ronne, I love you!! And… you know why! You bring all of our stories together, and teach us to stand on rock instead of hide under a rock. Please never forget how truly beautiful you are. Thank you for your poetic words filled with truth.

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