Shoot like a Girl | Enter (#31days)

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Day 8: Nevrincea, Romania.

The windows were pushed wide open in the church, in the hopes someone would hear the music and come. It was the first Sunday in so many Sundays that someone was there to open the Bible and preach in the farming community forgotten by most when Communism came and dimmed the lights on hope. But today a new pastor had come, and today there was music.

He walked in quietly with his son and found a place on the small pew. Visibly shaking, he simply sat. He didn’t know why he was there, but he didn’t want to be away on this day. And so he tried to find a place for his life among the grandmothers and children.

The whispers started. “He is a drunk. You can smell the liquor.”

Strangers prayed for him. Neighbors looked away.

The doors had been opened for him to enter in. But hearts were closed. And so he and his son walked down the dirt road, away from the place where the windows were pushed wide open so all would hear and come.

His face reminds me even today to keep windows and doors and hearts wide open. Because someone is longing for a place. Even me.

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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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6 thoughts on “Shoot like a Girl | Enter (#31days)”

  1. So good. I’ve been thinking of my own church lately, and how we are acting towards even those who have been part of our church for decades. Some people see us as growing because of new members, but I see us missing out on engaging those we already know. Thanks for reminding me today.

  2. Learning to look past the outside and into the heart. Pray for God to help me see the person as He sees them. Only then can the brokenness be healed.

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