Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
I am no expert on healthcare, that's for sure. I am thankful for the healthcare plan that originates from the Michigan Conference and is paid for by the church. The healthcare plan provides preventative measures to try to keep me from getting sick. It also provides peace of mind in case something major happens to me or Will.
I don't like calling the insurance company. It usually ends with them explaining I need to go to their website, register, receive a temporary password that must be changed within 15 minutes, and download "Form BRDPLC." The form must be completed in blue ink, all capital letters and not typed, but use black ink to add my Group Number, and use my non-dominant hand to write clearly my Enrollee ID. I am told I must include a proper date of service and 11-digit diagnosis code (do not include the first three digits) to their shipping (not receiving) office between the hours of 2 and 3 am via fax or by placing it in a green envelope they sent me in 2011 and slip it under their door, backing away slowly. At least that's how I hear it. :)
So, when crowds of people follow Jesus and he takes the time to cure them, all of them, it is hard not to find hope in this One sent by God. The Messiah is known by his healing and his compassion.
I do not know all of the ways people can receive care if they do not have a healthcare plan. I am sure that it is a source of great distress and worry. This morning might be a good time to sit and think and pray about the ways Jesus offers healing and compassion as we are charged with caring for one another.