A forty-three year old doctor, wife and mother of two, lost her battle to cancer. I didn’t know her but I know her husband, and not all that well, I might add. When I got the news, I cried as I drove across town. I was embarrassed that I was so emotional, but I was truly sad. Sad for him, sad for the kids, sad for the ache that any loving person has in their hearts when they go through such struggles.
Last night as my book study group shared their prayer requests, more than half had to do with dying and illness. It was the first time in 16-weeks that we had such heavy issues affecting so many of us.
I’ve been thinking about how some people can’t afford medical care. It took me back to the days when my mom was in the hospital. My eyes were opened to the fact that some visitors had to use public transportation or walk to get there, others drove but were strained by the parking fee, and some couldn’t afford to eat in the cafeteria. What about the ones who live too far away to drive and just don’t have the money to make the trip? I can’t imagine not being able to see my loved one and just sit by their side. I thought that was bad until I realized that some can’t even get treatment.
I think about the children who may have a cold and could use pain reliever – or have something worse -, but treatment is just not available to them. Or, what it’s like to be the parent standing by, worrying and feeling inadequate because you can’t provide. Or maybe a husband of a woman who’s very ill and they simply can’t afford help. I don’t want to know what it’s like to have a loved one in pain and not be able to get the medical attention and prescription needed.
Some people cheat the system and in essence steal other people’s opportunities for assistance. People who really need it.
The homeless and impoverished are humans. They are mothers, daughters, sister, and friends, just like you and me. Not everyone is created with a heart to minister to them, and that’s okay. But what saddens me is when their dignity is stolen, they are disrespected and treated like second class citizens.
8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”9 But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.