When I checked into the Doctor's Office recently, they asked to see my health insurance cards. I told the doctor's receptionist she already had all that information. I was told they now have to have it fresh at every visit. She handed me the note in large print:
"We now require a copy of your insurance card and a picture ID at every visit. This is to protect you, the patient from insurance fraud. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. "
Insurance fraud? The nurse told me, someone had used another person's insurance card. So we are all paying in time and money for the cost of Insurance Fraud. The wages of Insurance fraud, like the wages of other "sin" is death, we are told in the Bible, our Book of Faith. (Romans 6:23) Peter talks about those who have forsaken the right way and who love the wages of unrighteousness. (2 Peter 2:15)
But speaking of "sin", none of us have clean hands. It is all too easy to confess other’s people’s sins instead of our own.
Ash Wednesday in February 25 this year and only four days until the month of March come in mild as a lamb or roars in like a lion! However it comes in, March is always welcomed as a signal that spring is on the horizon. The Ash Wednesday Service is to remind us of our own sin and our own mortality. It is to remind us to get life in focus and to get our priorities straight. We need to be reminded we will not live on this earth forever. This life is a short “dry run” even if we should live here 100 years. We are all dying people. We are going to spend eternity somewhere. So we are reminded again on Ash Wednesday: “Remember... dust you are and to dust you will return:”
Thus we kneel at the church altar to have the pastor mark our forehead with a cross of ashes. The ashes is to remind us of that the wages of sin is death. The cross is to tell us again the greatest good news the world has ever heard! "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
Father, during this Lenten season help each one of us to kneel at the cross and arise in the strength of knowing Christ Jesus as savior and Lord. AMEN.