January 2, 2022
Reflections From the Heart of Allan Redenius
And another year begins…Happy New Year everyone! This first day of the year, for some reason, has me thinking and contemplating what heaven may be like.
So. I closed my eyes and the light dimmed and faded away. Darkness was ushered in. The noise around me began to be muted. The memories of my life flashed before me. It was surreal. A mixture of unbelievable and believable, happening all at the same time.
My surroundings began to sink away as I seemingly ascended upward. Suddenly, in an instant, brightness engulfed me. As I focused, the brightness took a form, a shape. It was then I asked, “Who are you?” “I’m your carrier angel, here to carry you to heaven’s door,” came the reply. Peace and tranquility, as if walking weightlessly in a field of beautiful flowers, enfolded all around me.
True to his calling, this carrier angel flew me to heaven’s door. Just the outside was marvelous beyond description. I stood on diamonds, rubies, silver, and gold….all littered the ground. Never had my mind ever envisioned, or even conceived of, the glories that surrounded me. My eyes could scarcely take it all in, so grandiose was what I saw.
The door opened. I was almost blinded by such a great light. I heard worship music like I have never heard before. It was glorious with a choir of what looked like thousands upon thousands. All singing to the One from Whom the light radiated. The words, I did recognize. “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord!”
I found myself in a long line. In fact, there were two lines. My line seemed to move quicky. There was happiness, euphoria, all the words you would use to describe great anticipation. The other line was more sober, in fact, fearful.
As I drew closer to the front and then suddenly, at the very front of the line, I stood before a man with pierced hands, scars on His brow, and love in His eyes. I knew in an instant it was Jesus. He greeted me by name. My heart leaped with joy as I heard Him say to me, “Welcome home my loved one. Come and see the wonderful place I have prepared for you.”
Praying heaven will be your home too,
Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.