Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Everyday Miracles

Everyday miracles happen every day. I believe there are many opinions as to what a miracle is, who brings it about, and who is blessed with experiencing one.

In our family we witnessed a miracle yesterday. A new little munchkin was born into the family. She is beautiful, sweet, and just right. For three and a half days she struggled to come into this world to be with her expecting, loving parents. If that's not a miracle, what is?

I believe that miracles happen all around us. We are guilty of not seeing them, not noticing their presence, not understanding where they come from.

Checking the Internet I read that a miracle is a supernatural event, a divine event not ascribable to human power, but attributed to saints and religious leaders. What do you think? Do you observe and notice miracles in your life? On a Wednesday? Or Thursday? Even without a saint or religious leader present?

If we can develop thankfulness and humility, if we observe divine care and believe in a God who knows who we are, if we take time to smell the flowers - then we may be more open to discover miracles in our daily lives.

In the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905 (book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Brock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick), the Jewish milkman, Tevje's oldest daughter, Tzeitel, falls in love with Motel, a poor tailor. Motel is overjoyed and energetically sings the following song to his beloved, believing it to be a miracle that God has brought them together.

Lyrics to Wonder Of Wonders :
Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles-
God took up Daniel once again,
Stood by his and side and- miracle of miracles-
Walked him through the lions den!

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles-
I was afraid that God would frown,
But like he did so long ago, at Jericho,
God just made a wall fall down!
When Moses softened Pharaohs heart, that was a miracle.
When God made the waters of the red sea part, that was a miracle too!
But of all God's miracles large and small,
The most miraculous one of all
Is that out of a worthless lump of clay,
God has made a man today.

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles-
God took the tailor by the hand
Turned him around and- miracle of miracles- Led him to the promised land!

When David slew Goliath (yes!), that was a miracle.
When God gave us matter in the wilderness, that was a miracle too.
But of all God's miracles large and small,
The most miraculous one of all
Is the one I thought could never be:
God has given you to me.

Love is definitely a miracle.
Today's water color shows the wonder of our beautiful nature.

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