Patient dumping is not new but recently there has been more attention given the problem. The term refers to the premature discharge of Medicare or indigent patients for economic reasons. It usually happens to a homeless or mentally ill person who is uninsured or unable to pay for treatment. They are discharged to the streets, to a bus stop, to a homeless shelter or to another hospital. There have been fines leveled at hospitals and corrective measures taken. But too often, the problem continues.
Today’s verse tells us that the Lord will not turn anyone away who comes to Him! He does not deny access. He does not abandon or turn away anyone who comes to Him in faith. No one is denied forgiveness because they are “too far gone” or guilty of some terrible sin. No money is no problem as we come freely at His invitation to come (Isaiah 55:1). He is faithful to forgive those who come to Him in confession (I John 1:9). He forgives and gives us a new clean heart and it is all undeserved.
I may not be homeless or mentally ill but I am undeserving. I come to Him with no merit of my own. I do not deserve even a glance from Him let alone His favor! But He welcomes me with open arms because of His incredible grace! Regardless of my emotional state, regardless of the shame I feel, He is there and invites me to come. Even when it has been awhile since I last came, He will always welcome me and will never turn me away!
Thank you Lord for Your faithful constant love.