But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine." Isaiah 43:1
Like most teen-aged girls, Megan Gillan was planning on going to her high school prom. Indeed, plans had been made for her to attend the event with a number of her friends.
Tragically, Gillan was found dead at her parent's home on January 19th. Her passing was a terrible experience for her friends, classmates and school.
It was almost two months later, March 16th to be exact, when Gillan's parents received a letter from her school. Since letters of sympathy were still coming in to the mourning parents, they thought nothing of this unusual epistle.
They thought nothing of it until they read the letter. They were shocked to find the school had decreed Gillan would probably not be able to attend the prom. The letter shared that her attendance was 60.4 percent and the school requires 92 percent before a child can attend prom.
Gillan's mother said she screamed when she first saw the letter. She shouted, "If they want her to attend that much, I'll take Megan's remains. It's disgusting!"
The school says the letter was a software-generated mistake. I'm sure the school's explanation is probably true. Even so, it shouldn't have happened.
Almost all of us have found ourselves at the receiving end of a computer-generated mistake. It can be a bank error, a mass-mailing error, a computer-card error, or even a government IRS error. In a world filled with sinful human beings making mistakes, such things happen.
Thankfully, there are no such mistakes being made in heaven.
I'm not worried that when I die the doors to heaven are going to be shut because some angel made a mistake and moved my name into the "REJECT" column. I'm not afraid I'm going to end up in the wrong place because they got me confused with "KENNETH KLAUS" from Walla Walla, Washington.
Scripture is clear: we don't have to be afraid. The Lord who made us is keeping track of us. He knows where we are, who we are and, most importantly, He knows what we believe. Because of His Son's sacrificial death for sinners, believers on the living Christ are saved.
They know where they're going when they die, and so does He.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, when You promised to send Your Son to save us, You thought about me. When Jesus carried the sins of the world, my transgressions were in that great pile. When Jesus said we can go to the Father only through Him, He extended an invitation to the world and to me as a person. For that invitation, in Jesus' Name I give thanks. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries