Keep Me Vulnerable. #write31days

“We cannot have a meal together in peace with guns hanging over our shoulders and pistols attached to our belts. When we break bread together we leave our arms – whether they are physical or mental – at the door and enter into a place of mutual vulnerability and trust.”~Henri Nouwen

You weren’t afraid to make Yourself vulnerable, were you, brave Jesus?

How often I forget that Your divinity found its place in human skin. You lived real life, walked real roads, slept real sleep, stared real people in the eye. You weren’t afraid of skin-to-skin, weren’t afraid of hard conversations, weren’t afraid of silence. You sat with strangers and risked comfort and came unarmed to a table filled with folks who wielded weapons of deceit and betrayal. You ate and You drank – and You stripped down to nothing and washed dirty feet.

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Oh, please keep me vulnerable. Make me unafraid to wear the skin of a servant, unafraid to risk it all even for those who may never see me. Help me to view every person I see as someone deserving of my time, my prayers, my fellowship. Please forgive me the times I hold myself in higher regard than others, no matter their lot or disposition. May I treat this life with the same regard as You did – and do.

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As I sat on the train from London to Holyhead, I noticed the suspicious glances. We tend to hold others at a distance – even those who look like us. We’re told to be cautious, watch our backs, view everyone as a potential enemy because of the color of their skin, their religion,  their lifestyle or livelihood. And I heard the gentle whisper, “What if you prayed for every person here?” And “others” became family. I didn’t have to know them personally. I just needed to be reminded that we all wear the same skin. I’m still praying now. How may I pray for you – what does vulnerable look like for you? 


Last year, I shared the stories about pictures I’ve taken. This year during the month of October, I’m opening up my journal and sharing prayers. They’re not eloquent or poetic – they’re simple honest talks with God. Some prayers are joyful and some are screams. Some are said in the morning and some at night. It’s my hope the words might help someone else find the words.

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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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  1. Ronne:
    It seems as if your beautiful prayers have become part of my devotional time with Jesus. For sure, the words you write are prompts to my own heart to just talk with Jesus. Praying for your trip.

    Actually, I will be taking a trip from Ca. To London soon. My first time to Europe. Meeting my daughter on the tail end of her own trip with a tour group.

    Today’s prayer has spoken to my deepest fears. So thank you for sharing your prayers. For me personally, they have been an anchor for my soul. A beacon of light in my shadowy (sometimes ?) world. PS I could sure use some pointers on flying 10 hours, Oyster card vs. travel card. Anything and everything!

    Your sister in Christ,
    Gloria Heinze (aka gmama40 on IG)?

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