May 15, 2022
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
High rolling, green, picturesque hills look down upon me. Lush meadows lay ever before me. A soft gentle breeze rustles the prairie grass through which I walk ever waving, as if to greet me. Yellow flowers fill the valley that lies ahead of me. Soft, pink, wild roses sprinkle the valley floor with beauty and grace. A ribbon of water threads its path and gently beckons with its soothing ripple. As I pass, the rustling grass, the water’s flow, soothing my soul. I am going home.
Birds overhead, the meadowlark sings its morning song. The deer that runs ahead, the fox who just blends in, the pheasant’s call, life in the valley lived to the full. Even the mighty lion, who follows so closely, causes me no fear. In fact, in his care, I am protected. I am going home.
Oh, the joy of distant laughter just ahead. Out of sight, but yet I recognize familiar voices so dear, all from long ago. Over the next hilltop and then I will see. What then will my vision be? Loved ones through my life who once were so near? I am going home.
My thoughts overwhelm, my heart beats at a faster pace. My palms sweat, anticipation peaks, my feet quicken, there is a new feeling that wells up within. I’m almost there. I am going home.
Though I run faster, the grass upon which I tread is not trampled under. I sing a new song as glory begins to fill the atmosphere. The crest of the hill draws ever close to me. I am going home.
A light begins to shine over the hilltop. The valley floor illumined brighter still. A few more steps and I’ll be there. Surely, the light before me will make me blind. Yet, I turn not around. I’m almost there. I’m going home.
The crest of the hill is upon me, I look, and behold! The majesty before me exceeds the beauty behind. There to greet me, the sounds I heard, are loved ones to escort me. To the light they take me. There I fall on my knees in front of He Who made me. There to hear Him say, “You are home.”
Fear not, friends. The best is yet to come…..
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