Well, it has been right at ten years that I have been writing these weekly reflections. Without fail, I have written these reflections and they have evolved into sometimes devotionals and at other times a chronicle of my life events. From the pain of the death of family members to the joy of the birth of grandsons, you have peered into my heart.
It all began quite by accident. God had called me to begin preaching at First Covenant Church. At the back of the church were mailboxes for the membership. Every week, I walked by those mailboxes and they were always empty.
When I left home and went to college, every day I rushed with anticipation to my mailbox. “Maybe I’ll get a letter from Mom today.” On the days when there was nothing there, I remember thinking, “There’s nothing that echoes louder than an empty mailbox.”
So every Sunday when I walked by those empty mailboxes at church, there was this hallow echo in my ear. The original idea of a “reflection” came as a result of the Sonshine Singer’s 10th Anniversary celebration. It was then I wrote a “devotional” once a week prior to that ministry regarding each anthem they sang and emailed for all to share. Following that ministry, I began writing “reflections” for the church and placing them in those “empty” mailboxes.
What began as just a local church ministry has mushroomed into something much bigger. These reflections have been requested by prison inmates in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and California. Not only that, these writings are mailed to local shut-ins and to others around the country. They are posted on our church website (www.firstcovfortdodge.org) and read regularly by hundreds of people on Facebook.
I’ll keep writing these reflections as long as God gives me inspiration. By that I mean, as long as I can dig memories out of my fading memory.
In the meantime, if I know you personally, let me remind you that God loves you and so do I. If I don’t know you personally, well---God loves you and so do I!
May the hand of God’s favor rest upon you today!
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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.