Fellowship of Heretics Daily Devotional: October 2, 2016 — I was sick, and you cared for me

Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director Beth Foster

“America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” — Walter Cronkite

A couple months ago at Mercy Junction, a lady in her late 50s to early 60s, stopped me on the stairs, obviously trying to seek me out when no one else was around. She always wears simple, pretty dresses and sandals, has impeccable manners and brings others who need help to the center. She often eats with us, takes some of the donation bread home with her and frequents the free store — but always under the guise that someone else in the neighborhood needs help. She was, in fact, a little standoffish, always sure we knew she wasn’t one of our usual guests.

When she stopped me on the stairs, she said, “Do y’all ever get donations, uhm, donations for things people might need?” It was obvious she was having a hard time finding words.

“What do you need?” I asked.

“Well, uh,” and then tears started flowing down her cheeks.

“I’m $4 short having enough to buy my insulin this month.”

I assured her we would get the insulin for her, and she started to sob.

I asked if I could hug her and she threw her arms around my neck and held tightly and sobbed for a long time. She said, “I’m just having a really hard time right now.”

1 John 3:17: “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?”

Yet, we as a nation — a nation that so many claim is built on Christian principles, turns away brothers and sisters every day. Those goods we have and refuse to share with poor people even included life-saving medicines like insulin.

Today’s Action: If you have health insurance, or the money to pay for your health care, spend a few minutes researching today the state of health care access for poor people in your city or state. 

Today’s Sharing: We’d like to hear about your access to health care, or lack of access. Please comment on our Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/HolyHereticZine

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