October 10, 2007
These may forget, yet I will not forget you. Isaiah 49:15b
At my age, it’s normal to forget the exact reason I came into a room. I’m pretty sure I came into that room for a reason; I’m just no longer able to remember what the reason was.
In truth, most of us can get a little bit forgetful about things. Of course, we usually don’t forget something as important as a person. No, I’m not talking about forgetting a person’s name, or when you last met an individual. I’m talking about forgetting a complete, total, living person.
According to an Associated Press article filed at the end of September, that is what happened to 67-year-old Elvira Tellez of Tucson, Arizona. Diagnosed with bone cancer, Elvira was undergoing a scan to see whether her disease had progressed. The technician covered her with a blanket, put her in the machine, and told her not to move during the 25-minute procedure.
Elvira didn’t move. Since she couldn’t see her watch, Elvira had no idea how much time had passed. Eventually, when she was positive at least ½ hour had gone by, Elvira started to call for help. Nobody came. Finally she crawled out of the scanner and found herself locked in the closed clinic. She telephoned her son, and her son called the police who rescued her. Five hours had gone by since Elvira had been put in the machine.
Elvira had been forgotten.
Now, the purpose of this devotion is not to criticize the clinic where all this happened. They’ve apologized and implemented new procedures to make sure such an incident never occurs again. The real purpose of the story is to remind you that while a clinic might forget a patient, God never forgets His people. In the book of Isaiah, God says that it’s far more likely for a mother to forget her nursing infant than it is for Him to forget one of us.
We, who have been forgiven by the Savior’s precious blood, who have been brought into the family of faith by the Holy Spirit’s power, are remembered and loved by our heavenly Father. No matter what our circumstance or situation, no matter how dark or lonely we might feel, the Lord’s commitment stands: Others “may forget, but I will not forget you.”
God not forgetting you, that’s something worth remembering as you tackle this day.
THE PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, for Your great gift of salvation, for Your continuing presence in my life, I give thanks. Let me find peace in the knowledge that You who called the universe into being with a word, still watches over me. In Your Son’s Name, I give thanks. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries