When it All Goes South

Ok, this week can just go away. I have never been more ready for a Monday than I am right now. I need a restart. On Wednesday evening, we unexpectedly lost Lexi, our sweet family dog of ten years. Then, before I could even collect my thoughts, we found out that our business lost a HUGE contract the very next day. 

Talk about a sucker punch.

It’s been an “I need to borrow someone else’s faith because mine is looking pretty thin and wimpy” kind of week. The type of week where you hope and pray the people you love will step in and rattle the sabers of Truth against your doubt-filled meanderings like, “What if this hurt never goes away?” or “How will we ever make up that large chunk of income we just lost?” and “What if my family never recovers from this?”

Thankfully, one such friend reminded me that God left the throne of perfection to navigate roads jam-packed with sweaty people, their stinky animals, and even their animals’ stinkier poop. Yep. I said it. God walked through it ALL for us, and He’s still willing to get all up in our shit for our sake. As gross or silly as that may sound, it helped me remember that God promised us that He would always draw near to us, not away from us. 

Jesus walks through the muck of life WITH us.

These are the two verses I have been clinging to as I lead my family through all of this. 

“The Lord draws close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

We all go through things like this from time to time, so let me know if you need to borrow my faith in the future. In the meantime, I’m leaning hard on yours.

We will get through this together.

In His Service and at yours.


In Loving Memory of Lexi Sparkle McCarthy.

Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

5 thoughts on “When it All Goes South

  1. RIP Lexi. Let’s please get rid of the what if’s in our vocabulary! God knows what He’s doing and you can’t counter with but “what if” You’ve received a double whammy this week, no getting around whatever shock you may feel, BUT throw it back to the Lord, and trust that this is what’s meant to be. I hate to admit, but this happens to all of us at one time or another AND it could be worse. Thanking Him that no sickness entered into the picture. Buck up old chap, you’ve got a bright future ahead of you, God watches out for the believers Hugs

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  2. Shawn, my eyes are welling up for your dear fur baby’s unexpectant demise feeling your heartbreak😢🐾❤️🌈 Please be consoled knowing that he is romping with joy on Rainbow Bridge waiting to jump in your arms again.

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  3. So sorry to hear of your two losses this week. God may seem far away, but He is right there with you giving you hugs as He feels your pain.

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  4. John 16:33
    “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”


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