November 12, 2023
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
So, I’ve been thinking. That statement right there should put a smile on your face. One of my friends says of me, “He’s not quite right.” 😊 I think he says that because sometimes my thinking isn’t quite normal. Give me a McDonald’s golden arches and I can make up a tall tale about a big bunny with big ears.
Seriously, I’ve been thinking about wishing I had a gift I do not, the ability to sing. Here’s a recap of my musical personal encounters. I never did master the third grade recorder and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. As a freshman in high school, I tried out for choir. The music teacher said this to me. “You know, Allan….” Right away, I knew those words were a bad sign. “…the choir is like a chain. It is only as strong as its weakest link.” My aspiration to be the next rock-n’-roll star was dashed to the ground that day.
Oh well, so goes life. Some things you are good at and at other things—not so much. But this I can tell you. I know more music in my brain than most people. I just can’t replicate it with my voice.
Why do I wish I could sing? To praise my Jesus! Just so you know, though I sing the fifth part, monotone, I still lift my voice in praise to my Lord. (I make certain, however, that our sound guy has me muted! 😊) But why was I thinking, “I wish I could sing?” If I could sing like an angel, I could intersperse music in my preaching to make a point of emphasis. But I’m not an angel (how well I know that) so I won’t be singing during my preaching.
Meanwhile, there is a land beyond the stars calling me home. When I’m there, then I will be able to sing! For now….I’ll sing in my head, “How Great Thou Art!”
Love in Christ,
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