Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, May 5, 2017
The Reality of a Pre-Existing Condition – I read the news about the passage of the House health care bill a continent away, on assignment in Europe. The distance did nothing to lift the weight on my heart, as the parent of a child with a pre-existing condition.
More than 20 years ago, when I sat keening in a hospital anteroom, after the scans and the somber looks and the clueless young intern who told me she would go home and cry for us, my family and I joined the ranks of the unlucky. A rare disease, a grim prognosis, a suffering child. May those who passed this bill never know what it is like to sleep and wake every day with an anvil pressed against your chest, tasting the terror, pushing it away so that you can comfort and care for both the sick and the well in your family.
First you endure the treatments harsh enough to kill, then the surgeries, the hospitalizations, the agonizing wait for the daily test scores, the frantic consultations with doctors and residents.
And if you are fortunate enough, as we were, to somehow beat the odds, to emerge shakily from the Dantean depths and savor the prospect of a child who could grow to adulthood, there remained the cold calculus of the insurance companies. This child, this adult, was labeled an unacceptable risk, either denied insurance altogether or relegated to the high-risk pool, saddled with sky-high premiums and constant uncertainty.
Readings from Isaiah 52.7 for Friday, May 5, 2017
When Jesus began his ministry he said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news” (Mark 1.15). Jesus fulfilled the amazing promise given through Isaiah that God’s government would rule our world. The best government is God’s government.
Isaiah 52.7 – How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Prayers for Friday, May 5, 2017
Dear God, the best prayer that has ever been given to us asks that your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We pray exactly for that today.