Lord! What has happened to Your delegated love and mercies for Your people?

By: Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons

Scripture: Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal…and though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor…and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunted not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things…Charity never faileth…and now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three…but the greatest of these is charity (love)… (selected passages from I Corinthians 13).

Dear Lord, our Heavenly Father, please accept this plea from me, one of Your servants, who is spiritually clad in sackcloth and ashes while positioned prostrate before Your throne of grace and mercy. My purpose is to ask Your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to present to You my case, and cases of some of Your mistreated and neglected people who have been abandoned by some of their families, so-called friends, churches, and most seriously, some of Your delegated caregivers working in their homes and institutions created by You for their care, only.

Some of Your homebound people are suffering dire neglect because occupants of their homes, whether family members or others are enjoying the benefits You have provided for their care.
Conditions in some of Your institutions appear to be worsening. During my almost one year “stint” in various ones, most care givers exhibited Christian characteristics listed by the Apostle Paul in our text for this message, but others, Lord…

Some staff members are cold, harsh, deliberately cruel and lazy. There are those who look down at patients as if they just crawled from under a rock. I have often wondered whether my name is difficult to pronounce since I have been called by so many others. One friend brought one of these publications on which my name is posted to discourage one RN from daily addressing me as “mama”. H also used the term by demonstrating to the students how to remove stitches from my surgical wound. Some of the trainees addressed me as “mama”, also, because that is what they heard spoken by him.

One nurse always entered the room addressing me as “baby”, “honey”, “darling”, “sugar pie”-you name it. I guess she expected me to choose the one I felt was my name on certain days.

The first morning after the last presidential election, I was forced more than once to state the name of the winner while positioned in ICU. After my reply, a great cheering and clapping went forth over my head.

One employee always “timed” her visit in order to watch her, obviously, favorite television production even though the television was always silent due to the fact You had turned it off many years ago in the home You permit me to call my own. After she exited the room, the television was always left on which caused me to ask assistance to turn it off due to my inability to do so. In fact, I really did not know how to turn it off. I always had to summon someone else to turn it off.
God willing, I will continue to plead our cases to you, God’s Son, Jesus Christ, next week.

Jacquelyn Simmons