January 23, 2022
Reflections From the Heart of Allan Redenius
If you follow me at all, you know that in one way or another, my sermons are all about Jesus. You probably know too that Armona picks out the hymns and praise music for most of the worship services. (I know nothing about music, other than what Psalm 100 says, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”) Sometimes she is ahead of me and will ask of me, when I don’t know it yet, “What’s your sermon about this week?” I look at her and she answers her own question, “I know….Jesus!”
So, when the children of the church come on Sunday, they sing of Jesus, learn of Jesus, pray to Jesus, and worship Jesus. Then I stand up front and preach about Jesus.
Recently, one of the little boys of the church was chasing after me as I was walking ahead of him down the aisle. I wasn’t trying to ignore him, I just didn’t see him. But suddenly, I heard him calling behind me, “Jesus…Jesus…Jesus…” He thought my name was, Jesus. 😊 Soooo cute! I turned around, knelt down on one knee and he came running into my arms to give me a huge hug! What a feeling of love! At the same time, I was so humbled. No one has ever mistaken me for Jesus before. 😊
A few weeks later, this little guy’s mother was helping him get dressed. She told me he was so excited as he put on his shirt, tie and a vest. Then he looked at his Mommy and said, “Wow, Mommy, I look just like Jesus!”
My heart sings as I retell this encounter with one of God’s precious little angels!
Thanks for the memories—indeed, this was a God moment!
Jesus said, in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come unto me…” May these little ones always be a part of our worship services!
Praying for the children…. just like Jesus!
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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.