The Laughing Room

This weekend our best friends are coming into town for a birthday celebration. To say that we are excited is an understatement of colossal proportions. I don’t have many good things to say about COVID or 2020, but it has brought the power and importance of relationships to the forefront. Last year, as a family, we decided we needed to double down on our friendships to make it through this season sane. It was a good bet, and we have seen friends become family.

When I asked Cora and Anna what made them so excited about the long weekend, Cora texted me:

“BEING WITH MY BESTIE, WE JUST LAUGH AND LAUGH UNTIL WE CAN’T BREATHE.”

I told her I loved her answer. As I reflected, that is my answer too – sharing stories and laughing. Mine just wasn’t in all caps, but it probably should have been.

I think the key to laughing that hard is not wondering what anyone thinks of you. An occasional snort or milk flying out of your nose never happens with your guard up. Being the real you and someone loving you for that is a bit euphoric.

Now track with me for a moment. 

So, if we have been given these emotions when we were made by God and then given these relationships from God, why do we think we can’t have this kind of relationship with God?

Jesus tells us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-4

Our God loves us so much He prepared a place for us in the laughing room. Wait, How do I know it’s the laughing room? Check this out:

 Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:3:4

No pain, no crying, no sadness? What else are we going to do besides sit around, tell stories, and laugh?

If you read this today and it was more of a gut-punch of loneliness than encouragement, let me share with you one more scripture. It’s from your greatest friend. The one that loves you better than your Bestest Bestie.

I have loved you. Greater love has no greater command than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friend if you will do what I command. I no longer call you servant, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friend, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you. John 15:12-15 NIV

 I hope you have a fantastic weekend! We will get through this together!

In His service and at yours!

~Shawn

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.”

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