October 1, 2023
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
Creation begins with light. A newborn babe enters in with love. All too soon darkness hides the day. Just as soon, the babe grows and darkness enters in.
Though darkness may reign for a season, it cannot overcome the Light. The Light entered into the world and the night runs at His approach. A great Light has shown forth and the people living in the shadow of darkness, in the valley of death, the Light shines the path before their feet.
“Come! Follow Me,” for I will show you the way. But some prefer to live in the dark. Light shines on the lowly cockroach. Watch him scurry to the shadow, there to hide. So too, there are those who love the darkness, there to hide in their own vomit.
The aroma of death wafts from their hiding place in the dark. Can they not smell it, their own stench? But like the skunk, who smells not his own stink, it is who they are. Oblivious to the dark in which they live, the stench they emanate, with pride they strut and boast.
If they would but dip in the River Jordan, like Naaman, they would rise up clean, white as snow. A new scent would define their presence, the aroma of life and love. They stand at the river’s edge. Why hesitate? Yes, the river will be there tomorrow inviting and sparkling clean. But the question is, will they still be there at the river’s edge?
We live and soon learn that death chases away life. It is the same for every living creature. Even inanimate things, rust and rot away. Is it not reasonable to assume creation one day will be no more?
Whether by death or the cessation of creation, all ask of themselves, “Then what?” Again, the Light steps forward with, “Come! Follow Me.” All are willing, but only a few are able. Swallow the pride and put on humility—if you are able.
If you are willing, but not able, darkness and the stench of death is yours for all eternity. But if you are able to take that step into the Light and leave the stink and darkness behind, indeed you will be blessed with Light and the aroma of life.
Choose the Light!
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