Until last night, Pucacaca (the town I live in) was without rain for at least a month. On top of that, the city was not pumping water from the river into people’s houses. They did once a couple weeks ago, but it only ran for a short time. The weather is extra hot this time of year, so no rain or water means no relief. People were suffering a little more than usual. Cassie (my mission partner) and I had been rationing the little water we had left until finally we had none. No water… that means no showers, no cleaning, no flushing toilets, no washing clothes, no washing dishes. People rely so heavily on water. Even their crops were suffering, which affects their income. We learned a lesson from the poor whom we serve. For them it’s life. It wasn’t the first time and won’t be the last. We wouldn’t hear them complain. They would wash their clothes in the river, bathe there, and then carry buckets of water over and over again to their homes. For Cassie and I, it was a great sacrifice. It was beautiful to suffer in solidarity with the poor, but it was hard. Family Missions Company gives us a charism to focus on every month. This month, the charism just so happens to be sacrificial. The Lord gave us a real way to practice.
Yesterday was a hard day for me. I woke up sweating buckets because the heat is just so intense; even at night, and even with a fan blowing directly on us. With no water to take a shower, it was rough start to the day. Then, we went to our Liturgy of the Word service that we do every week in a different community, and no one showed up. Not sure why, but it just added to my discouragement. We decided to go wash our clothes and take showers at the Pastoral Center in a different city, where water supply is most of the time not an issue. While we were there it rained for 10 minutes. I prayed the the rain would travel to our town. When we arrived home the sun was beaming, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We have been praying pretty fervently for rain, but in that moment I begged the Lord. It was a long afternoon, and I finally posted a plea for help on Facebook, begging for more prayers.
At 10:00 last night, 6 hours after I posted my intention on Facebook, God opened heaven, and it poured down rain all night long!!!!! With tears in my eyes I gathered every bucket I could find and put them out to collect water. I immediately recognized the rain as an answered prayer!
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.
Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened.”
God answered our prayers! All He wanted was for me to reach out. He saw our struggle, He heard our cry for help, and He ALWAYS answers! Prayer is SO powerful!
In times where God is asking for sacrifice, let us remain fervent in prayer, and let us ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to pray with us! Sometimes, most of the time, God feels so far away in difficult times. We become frustrated and loose faith. Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta said once, “Suffering is a sign that you have become so close to Him that He can kiss you”. Jesus is with us in suffering. He is our Good Father who kisses where we hurt.
This morning I prayed my rosary thanking God for all of you. For your prayers, and for all the ways you love and serve Him. As I was praying each Joyful mystery, I realized that each is marked by some sort of sorrow or hardship. For example, the Annunciation, where Mary finds out that she is expecting a baby. You can imagine joy, but you can also imagine all that she went through; the judgments to accusations… Each of the five mysteries was the same -marked with suffering. However, after the pain and suffering in each came great joy! Christ was born because of the Annunciation, because of Mary’s “yes” to the suffering. I found myself praying for all of my benefactors and prayer warriors who I know are suffering; begging the Lord to give them the grace to persevere. Don’t lose faith. Don’t lose hope. After the rain comes the sun… always!
If there is any specific way that I can pray for you please reach out to me! We all saw the power of prayer yesterday when God sent miracle rain in just 6 hours. Don’t lose hope in your afflictions. Know that our Heavenly Father is close.
If you have prayer intentions reach me by email : firstname.lastname@example.org