The nation has quite rightly spent the past few days honoring America's 41st President George Herbert Walker Bush, a kind and decent man who was already rated by presidential historians as the most significant of the one-term presidents in our history.
A few days before he died, President Bush reportedly asked his pastor a question like the following: “When I get to heaven and am reunited with Robin, my little three-year-old daughter who died in 1953, what will she look like?" I do not know how his pastor answered that question, but I know what I would've said to the president. “Mr. President, since you have professed Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you can claim the promise of Romans 10:9, "that if we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in our heart that God hath raised him from the dead, we shall be saved.”
Mr. President, let me show you a Bible passage I believe answers at least the most important part of your question, that you will be reunited with Robin in heaven. In 2 Samuel chapter 12, we read about King David praying for the life of his infant son. When David realized the child had died, he broke his fast, he washed himself and he worshiped God. His servants wondered why he replied, “[my son] is dead. I will go to him, but he shall not return to me.” We all know King David's destination was heaven where his son was already waiting for his arrival. Small children having not yet reached the age of accountability are covered by the ultimate atonement of Jesus. How Robin will look, I don't know, Mr. President. She will be recognizable to you and to your beloved wife, Barbara. Whether she will be three or whether she will have progressed into womanhood, I can't answer. I can assure you, however, it will be a joyous reunion in heaven with our Savior. God bless you, Mr. President, for a life well lived.
Dr. Richard Land is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and former president (1988-2013) of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families.