My youngest sister has been very sick for the past six days. She went in for surgery and, at the very beginning, was found to have a severe infection. Doctors spent the next 8 hours removing infected scar tissue from her abdominal cavity.

What this makes me feel is highly frustrated. Ever since I took a sociology class last year, I have become very aware of social stratification. Social stratification is how society is structured or divided into hierarchy layers; the rich, the poor, ethnicity, race.

Some people have better insurance than others. If you’re lucky, your workplace provides decent health coverage. If you’ve been in the military and retired, Tricare offers better health coverage than the average poor person can get at a very affordable rate. The point is very few people have healthcare that will get them the meds and treatments they need.

My sister’s health has been an issue for years. The medical care that she gets with her coverage is pretty damned shitty. She has been in pain for a very long time, and doctors did nothing to find the problem. Had she not finally gone into surgery at the end of last week, I fear she could have died. And that pisses me off.

Fortunately, we have a God who looks out for us when we pray. It is still frustrating, though. There is a song I recently started listening to called “Hell” by Jordan Max. There is nothing to it. The production is very sparse. There are no great vocals in the song. It’s more like an undeveloped musical idea. But it haunts your mind and heart. Part of the chorus says,

Remember why we’re here
Find love, hurry, disappear
Today, not tomorrow
Remember why we’re here
Find love, worry, disappear
Today, not tomorrow.

What can I say? The song speaks to me. I don’t mean to sound like I’m despairing. But this life can be battering and cruel. I am so pissed about the inequalities, discrimination, and hatred. Sometimes I wonder why we’re here. What if the reason is as simple as the song’s chorus says? Remember why we’re here, find love (before we disappear). Today, not tomorrow. That’s what I think the lyrics mean or what they should say.

There is nothing more important in this life than love. I don’t mean physical attraction or lust, real love. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Jesus). It is forgiving one another and treating one another with kindness. A world where getting what you need is not so damned complicated—being able to get proper medical care when you need it. Love ensures these needs are available for all people.

If you claim to be a follower of Jesus, love somebody. Help someone. Show some kindness to your If you claim to be a follower of Jesus, love somebody. Help someone. Show some kindness to your enemies and those who spitefully use you. Just because someone treats you like crap doesn’t mean it’s okay to do the same. Maybe they’re having a bad f***ing day. Do you know the miracle that took place on the cross? If Jesus were anything like me, there would have been no crucifixion. I would have called more angels than you could have imagined and wasted this place. But the creator of heaven and earth allowed himself to be treated with cruelty and violence, choosing to forgive rather than retaliate. If you can manage to understand that, I believe a change would occur in your heart.

It has been a frustrating week knowing my sister has been suffering. If you have read this far, thank you for that. I pray the Lord will lavish great blessings upon you and your family. May the Spirit of the Lord pour out His love in your heart.