We’ve Got Mail by Phil Callaway


We get all sorts of interesting letters in response to the Laugh Again Program. This is from a 7-year-old in Honolulu who asks her dad every day if she can hear from Mr. Phil. “You are really funny,” she says. “Who are you?” Well, I’m just a Canadian guy who would love to visit Honolulu in January. This question is from Laura in Manitoba, Canada: “I heard you talk about fear. I am afraid of sharks and crocodiles. Should I be?” Well Laura, if you just stay in Manitoba, you don’t have a thing to worry about. The truth is, more people die from jellyfish bites than shark bites. In fact, sharks killed just three people last year. And none of the attacks happened in Manitoba.

Here’s another question. It comes from Jason somewhere in Idaho: “I love to laugh. Why do we laugh? Does anyone know?” Well, scientists who study this say that you laugh 30 times as much when you’re with others, so they believe that laughing evolved to promote social group activity. I believe God made us to laugh because he knew we would need to and he loves us that much. We love receiving mail. The truth is, many of our listeners are asking much bigger questions about life and pain. One wrote to tell me of her fear of losing a child. Our friends Nelson and Linda faced that fear head on. They said goodbye to their son Stephen a month ago, one day before his 30th birthday. A few days ago, his mom wrote these words to me: “God is so good and all His ways are good, yes even in this! We are seeing God’s sweetness in all the details concerning our son’s sudden death. God is taking me through my deepest fear—the sudden, violent death of my child, but He is walking with me through it. He did not leave me to go it alone and is exchanging my fear for acceptance, peace and even joy!” What an amazing family!

None of us knows what lies ahead, but we have a God who is for us and with us and in us, so there’s no need to fear. He will give enough light for the next step. I’ll close with the best advice I could possibly offer. It’s Eugene Peterson’s take on Philippians 4 in the Message. “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.” Thanks for listening. We’d love to hear from you.

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