It’s here. It’s the release day for Just Show Up. Can you believe it? Over six months you’ve been gone, dancing in heaven. Honestly, I kind of imagine you in the choir, but totally having a grand old time distracting the people around you with your humor. And when Jesus taps his director stick (what are those called?) on the podium, you’re the last to stop giggling and joking with your friends. This is a sounding a bit like junior high now… but I guess it’s easier to think of the jokes and the fun than it is to think of doing this day without you. I know we planned for this. I know we discussed this, but man, I Don’t. Wanna. Do. It. Feeling a little like a kid throwing a fit right now.
I’m hearing you telling me about all of the good in this day, in this book, and I know you’re right. But I am going to have a small, two second pity party before I move on.
Now I’m going to concentrate on something you would be proud of. Your girls. Not your children-girls (though you’d be so proud of them too) but your girlfriend-girls. I’ve heard some stories about communities not walking through suffering well with each other. Wrestling with each other for position in the suffering person’s life and just… not exactly rocking the community thing.
But guess what? That is so not your girls. They have been supportive, loving, kind, put each other first. We have grieved together and loved one another through a hard that we all understand. Even across the country, you have brought us together, and the love of Jesus is holding us together still. I can honestly say I love women I have never met because of you, Kara. Pretty amazing.
I can also say that so much of this book wouldn’t exist without these women who not only prayed this book into existence, but gave of their thoughts, ideas, and hearts onto these pages. This book is a labor of love from a community who still loves big. And from the bottom of my heart, I say THANK YOU to these women who contributed to Just Show Up. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And about our publisher… Kara, I know you loved John so. And now I do to. What a gentle, generous heart. You could not have guided us to a better team for this book. What a beautiful book this has become because of the team God blessed us with at David. C. Cook.
I guess this is sounding a bit like a dedication now, and maybe it is. A dedication for a book that really wouldn’t exist if not for the grace of God allowing it to happen. Remember when we talked about writing a book being a big Jesus juke? That when people compliment it, we simply want to say… I didn’t do that. God did. But then, that sounds like a snotty, Jesus juke kind of response. And so we smile and just say thank you. But we know the truth. This book is entering the world today because God made it happen. I wish you were here to see it and to celebrate it.
Love you, mama. Hope they’re having a big book release party in heaven today.