When suffering has a face

Last night when I was spending time with Daniel, someone called over to us from the sidewalk. We went over to see what he wanted. He was kind of whimpering and asking us to “please hurry”. Even though I was at least five feet away, there was the overpowering smell of alcohol. He really didn’t know English, so Daniel talked to him (in Spanish) for awhile. I just looked on and prayed…it turns out (as long as he was telling the truth) that he is an illegal immigrant from Guatamala, because of that cannot find a job, and has a one year old baby here. Daniel said that it seems as though he is despairing and so driven to drinking.

It is so hard to see suffering like that and be unable to help. So often we get caught up in our daily lives, and forget about the hard issues because we lose sight of the fact that there are people that are suffering. Yet there are. And it is in God’s plan. I don’t understand why, but it has some purpose…

Please pray for all the homeless and hurting, particularly this man. That their physical needs will be met, yes; but even more so, that they are somehow able to see God’s love and are not driven to despair of the only thing that matters: eternal life.

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