Saturday, June 19

Pecking Order

pecking order
dedicated to healthcare in America

there was this bird
peck peck pecking at
my window
driving me bananas
but amusing my cat.
soon i just ignored
and gave him nary
a thought as i continued
my daily chores.

why was that bird
peck peck pecking and
so determined
to come into my house
that i guard fervently
from all intruders?
could the poor
have wanted the
food that we cast
as crumbs off the
table to the dogs?

perhaps that bird
peck peck pecking
wanted simply to be
on the inside.
with access to a
world rich in
imagination where
dog and cat and
lizard and human
loved and cared
for one another.

© 2010, Terri Stewart

Lenten Reflection, Week Six, Day Two:

From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,
to bypass the land of Edom.
But with their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,
"Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?

-Numbers 21:4-5


Today, my thoughts inevitably turn to the healthcare debate that is now just beginning even though the bill passed.  My thoughts are simple.  I can hear the 40 million people in the United States without healthcare coverage saying, “Why have you brought us to the land of promise to die where there is no access to healthcare?” 

God provided for the children of Israel.  God did not say, “well, get a job and earn money so you can have food.”  Carried to the extreme, this story becomes one of socialism where food and water is shared with everyone regardless of their ability to provide compensation for the food and water.  Perish the thought!   God is a socialist.  I am surely going to hell for that thought.

I have to say, that our patience is worn out from the journey.  It is time that all people have healthcare.  They were not created and nurtured and loved by God simply to be abandoned in Death Valley.

Pink is used to indicate inappropriate use of sarcasm or humor.  =)

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