Being OK

Last week we didn’t get together, and I’ve missed you! It’s not that God didn’t talk to me, it’s just that I have quite a sick kid, and honestly, I didn’t have the focus to pull it all together and then make sense of it here.

Letting a week go by without writing has brought on disappointment and a bit of guilt. But as I write this with the same blank slate as last week, I keep coming to the same conclusion.

It must be OK not to be OK. 

I can’t articulate how I’m feeling or even give a Scripture to explain everything, but I am learning that it’s okay not to have it all together or have all of the answers. As a natural encourager and leader, this idea seems blasphemous, and if I’m honest, it feels a bit weak over here in camp McCarthy, but I know that God is aware of what’s going on and has it all under control.

It has been a great comfort to me to rest in the simple yet profound promise that God loves you, me, and especially Cora more than I could ever imagine. I have been able to find hope in the fact that this season will pass, and through the faith of my family and friends, my Heavenly Father will see this through.

Maybe you need to be reminded that it’s okay to live in the unknown with the promise that our God is bigger than anything you’re going through, or perhaps you feel compelled to join us in prayer for Cora to be healed. Either way, I know we will get through this together. 

Until next week…

In His service and at yours!


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.”

8 thoughts on “Being OK

  1. Dear Shawn, We join you and Anna in prayer for healing for Cora. We know that God is the great healer and will touch your family with His love and grace. In His love and ours, Ann an Bob Johnson


  2. Thank you so much for finding a moment to reach out to us. Our prayers have been with Cora, Anna and you since we learned of Cora’s illness and broken hand. All of us have experienced pain throughout our lives and know that hope and faith must never leave us. Jesus is and always will be with us, and we rely on Him as our Savior. We miss you dear friend and Pastor, and know our prayers are unceasing for you all.. Hugs

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  3. Special prayers for sweet Cora. I know she is getting the best of care. Prayers for her sweet mom and dad, as well. We have been busy here at our house healing as well. The Great Physician has us all in His loving arms. We know many who are ill and in need of pray. Also, some dear lifelong friends lost a daughter to a sudden unexpected death. Praying for them as well. There is power the prayer of the humble. Love you three.🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️

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