Shoot like a Girl | Reminder (#31days)

Mona

Day 22: Moore, Oklahoma.

Her home was a beautifully welcoming place. She decorated it for every holiday, and her two spare bedrooms held all the things her grandsons and granddaughters needed so they wouldn’t have to pack a bag to visit her. The kitchen was filled with snacks, and her yard was blooming with flowers and spring green.

And in an instant, it was gone. On that fateful Sunday, beauty became slab and rubble. There was no time to escape, no place to hide. Her son, a police officer, found her and dug her out of the debris.

In an instant, it was gone. Home, car, belongings. All gone. But she wasn’t. And so she smiled. Her smile was medicine for all who were hurting as we donned masks and gloves and sifted through what remained.

She had only one wish. A plaque. A reminder of why she smiled.

Plaque

And what remained made us smile too.

*****

Here’s the full story about what we found when we dug through the rubble. Every time I start to think sweet miracles are a thing of the past, I come back to this. 

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About Ronne Rock

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." 

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