September 9, 2018
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
This week marks an historic event in most of our lives, the tragedy of September 11, 2001. All of us remember exactly where we were, what we were doing when we first heard of the attack on our country. When the day was over, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives.
It seems every generation experiences historical tragic days that they remember. For us baby boomers, it was the assassination of President Kennedy, the Challenger explosion, and of course September 11, 2001.
Particularly September 11 begs the question, “Why?” Some think that maybe it was God’s vengeance that fell upon those in the Twin Towers that day. In Luke 13, the tower of Siloam collapsed killing eighteen people. If you read that text, Jesus refutes the “God’s vengeance” theory by answering, “Do you think they (the eighteen) were more guilty than all the others? I tell you, no!” You know, sometimes bad things happen to good people---just a fact of life.
Here’s another thought for you. God knew all the people that were saved that day and perished. He also knew those who died and were not saved and would forever reject Him.
What’s the moral of this? Paul teaches us that, “Today is the day of Salvation.”
Oh yes, there is one other day we baby boomers remember. It was the day the Berlin Wall was dismantled. I watched as people cheered, laughed, and cried as the wall came down. I cheered, laughed, and cried with them.
In all things----God is GOOD!
Love ya all like there is no tomorrow!
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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.