In today’s La Prensa, the daily newspaper in Panama, there is an article about the growing challenge that alcoholism is causing in the city centers. It’s estimated that 5% of the homeless are alcoholics and that number appears to be rising.
The story captures the struggle and journey of one man in particular. My heart felt this story. Speaking of his daughter’s invitation to live with them and get cleaned up, he says.
“It’s a great opportunity, and with my 65 years it’s the best thing for me,” said Serrano. “But I’m not ready, and won’t be until I’m able to find the Lord, something I hope to accomplish before my death, so I can return to my kids.”
The line that grabs my heart is “won’t be until I’m able to find the Lord, something I hope to accomplish.”
This morning, my prayers are focused on this man and on the many like him, who perhaps don’t realize that it’s not hard to find the Lord. Lord, send the church, send the workers into the harvest.
The intercessory burden is clear.
It is our calling to help equip the church to help men and women like this, to help them find people and share the good news of the love of Jesus, to help folks find forgiveness and the strength to pursue transformation and be transformed.
Walking through transformation is difficult. Finding the Lord should not be. Who shall go to the harvest field that is ripe?