Back in March of this year, I was fortunate to be selected to be a part of Jen Hatmaker’s launch team for her now-released book, For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards. I really didn’t know what I was getting into and figured that it would be easy for me to share about Jen because I’m a fan, have read her books, done a bible study and it would be easy to talk about it.
The launch team was sent a copy of the rough draft, which, let’s be honest here…..was very cool, mistakes in the book and all. We were able to read it ahead of everyone and then start our reviews and talk about it. Again, I’m familiar with Jen and love her style….witty, sarcastic, self-deprecating, no-holds-barred so I loved the book. It’s a compilation of essays that address all kinds of topics, including deep spiritual topics like fashion! ~insert sarcasm~
So back to this launch team. 400-some women and a #bandoffour guys were in the group. The guys….I’m sure they were really wondering what they signed up for! But these woman, who all began as strangers just months ago, have turned into community. This is the place where the deepest struggles are shared, where joys are celebrated, where sweet notes are found in the mailbox to encourage someone, where money is sent if someone is having a hard time, where books are bought and sent to someone who needs encouragement, where mugs have been sent inside boxes full of goodies, where no one has had a cross word for anyone, even if the topic wasn’t agreed upon. It has been community, with a group of people who were once called “stranger”.
This Saturday, I get to meet about 200 of these women as we take over Brandon and Jen Hatmaker’s Farmhouse for a Launch Party. I think I speak for all 200 when I say that we are as excited to meet one another face to face as we are to meet Jen. It will be the sweetest time of fellowship. And I can’t wait to arrive!
Bonus is that a Sister-friend from home and a Sister-friend from TX will be along for the ride!
Community can come in all forms. Sometimes the people right in front of you end up not being the community you need. Become community to someone else. Create community. Open yourself up to new faces, new opportunities, new ministries. It’s amazing the ways that God will bless you!!