November 5, 2023
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
This fall, Armona and I attended a pastor/spouse retreat in Estes Park, Colorado. First of all, I don’t like the word retreat. It feels like I’m losing ground. Maybe they should rename such events to pastor/spouse forward. 😊 I feel better about that name. Now it feels like I’m gaining ground.
The highlight of my trip was to take a detour and visit my sister and her family. A little over five years ago, her granddaughter, my great niece, was born very prematurely. At birth, she weighed only fifteen ounces. Can you imagine? Many of you have been praying for her and I thank you so very much.
Now because of Covid and schedules, I had not met little Alyxis. She knew that I, and a whole lot of people in Iowa, have been praying for her. Picture this. Though almost blind, when she walked into the house and my sister said to her, “My brother from Iowa is here,” she ran to me, I picked her up, and she gave me the biggest hug any five-year-old can give. I will never forget that moment. A little girl brought a tear to a big man’s eye.
Not too many years ago, there would have been no medical know-how to save such a premature baby. But today, a precious child lives life to the full. What a miracle. See what God can do!
So, I’m here to tell you, every life is important, the premature baby to the addict sitting on the street corner or in jail, every life is a child of God. Unfortunately, some reject that label, a child of God. How that must grieve our God, the Creator of life.
Alyxis, you are loved by me—and our heavenly Father!
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