Does any of this matter?
This is the question that haunts me on the bad days, the days when the mundane and seemingly trivial tasks get on my last nerve. How many times with I have the same conversations with these overly dramatic 7th graders? Why does the kitchen sink stay so full of dishes when I’m the only person living in my house?! I thought my life was going to be more than this. And I know it is more than this, but it’s also very much just this.
The answer to the original, of course, is yes, yes it does, and that is why I am so excited for Melanie Shankle’s book, Church of the Small Things. In this book, Shankle shares the way these small moments can be beautiful and breathtaking in their own way.
Her stories resonated with me and as I read her words I remembered many similar moments in my own life. Like just last week when my almost two-year-old niece pulled up a chair next to me while I was watching football and put her hand on my knee. Just an ordinary beautiful day…
The most powerful memory, however, was that of the church house group my family went to when I was young. We met every Tuesday night at a dear elderly couple’s home. My dad played the guitar and we sang worship songs together, then the kids went into the basement while the adults did a Bible study (I mean, I guess that’s what they did) and prayed together. We kids played outside or in the basement until we heard the host call out “Ahoy down in the engine room!” – the signal for us to come running for snack time!
That house group was my family: my honorary grandparents, my aunts and uncles, my older brothers and sisters.
I remember some Tuesdays the adults took longer than others. As the kids got antsy, one or two of us would sneak upstairs to see what they were doing and maybe get an idea of when they would be done. Once when it was my turn I peeked into the room and saw a woman in tears, sharing something difficult, while several others held her close and prayed. In that moment I saw clearly what the church was called to be.
Now, over 20 years later, I am the single 30 something in a multi-generational house group. I stay upstairs with the grownups while the kids go into the basement. It’s come full circle for me. My favorite part of the group, though, is the kids. Because I know full well what a beautiful thing it is they get to see each week, and I hope I am showing them the love I received.
All that to say — GET THIS BOOK! Church of the Small Things doesn’t release until October 3rd, but if you preorder now (on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) you will receive some awesome gifts just for preordering.
Once you’ve ordered, fill out the form here and receive:
- My Favorite Things ebook by Melanie Shankle
- Church of the Small Thing Video Study Session 1
- 4 Downloadable prints from the cover artist
- A book themed lock screen
- The first 3 chapters of the book so you can start reading now!
- Coupon codes for some discounts on Melanie’s favorite things
- 5 recipes
(And, the book usually arrives on release day when you order it this way, so that’s an added bonus.)