Good morning everyone,
Two days ago my heart broke while I was working in Irvine. I ran into a gentleman (Candelario Iglesias) that several days before I had connected with and I felt drawn to him. His posture reminded me of little Zacheus in the Scriptures. We had talked to a great extent about what Jesus was doing in his life. Just a little over a month ago, he and his wife (Esperanza) were homeless. By the grace of God, he now has a job and is able to provide shelter for the two of them. His attitude of gratitude is very obvious and being around him is such a joy. While they are going through financial hardships, his wife's mother was having medical problems and with no way for them to get to her. In the process of all of this, she passed away. It is hard to describe what pain the two of them are going through, but the joy he feels in his heart far outweighs any discomfort that he is going through. He knows where he gets his hope and right now that is what is carrying them both. A great lesson for me to remind me that no matter what storm any of us go through, God is there to carry you and sustain you! Isaiah 40:31 reminds us that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. What better example of trusting when it doesn't make sense to trust. When all of your earthly possessions are gone and are void, what hope will you depend upon? Please stop what you are doing right now and pray for Candelario and Esperanza and the rest of the family as they try and make preparations for the funeral! Ask God to give you a heart that will reach out to those in need and one that will take your eyes off of your own problems so you can see things like Jesus does!
Your brother in Christ,