Something bad was going to happen - and it did. One day her mother, Kay, walked into work with alcohol on her breath. They made her take a breath test and she failed. They had no choice but to fire Kay from the place she had worked for 26 years.
Kay was devastated. She turned to the bottle and drank, non-stop, for three weeks. Her daughter, Natalie, begged her to stop and get help, but Kay would not. She could not. She was an alcoholic, even though she couldn't admit it.
So Natalie told her mother she would take care of her house and pay the electric and the cable, and with the help of the rest of the family, they would cut the grass and water the flowers...whatever was necessary to remove every excuse her mother had to go to the Little Rock Compassion Center for help.
Eventually, Kay reluctantly came to the Compassion Center. This suburban mother was now staying with others who were homeless and drug addicted and had lost everything. Kay felt she didn't belong. She wanted to leave. But her daughter begged her..."Stay mom. You have to find Christ. You have to!"
So Kay worked in the kitchen and then in the thrift store. She attended church and Bible studies. She got to know those who had been homeless, abused and addicted to drugs. Kay thought they were nothing like her. She had a house with an in ground pool and a big yard. But gradually, Kay could see she was no different, just more privileged. She hurt just like they did. She needed Jesus just as much as them.
And one day, Jesus touched Kay's heart in a way that humbled her. At last she knew she was indeed addicted and dependent on Him for help. That's when Jesus filled the void in her with His strength.
By the time you read this, Kay will be home. Her family will be warmly surrounding her. Most likely, she will be back at work and feeling thankful for the kindness of the Little Rock Compassion Center and the people who supported it. On top of that, she has a new understanding for others in our city who don't have the privileges she has of family, home and faith. She is thankful, humbled and much happier.