It’s a miracle that my son, Ryan, hasn’t driven me insane. Or, maybe he has and I’m just the last to know. I will say, if he drives his RC car over my foot one more time today, that might be what finally does the trick. Of course I’m kidding. I do, however, want to think about miracles for a minute.
The biggest and best miracle I can think of during the end of Advent Season is, of course, Mary’s Immaculate Conception of Jesus. What a mystery this event is, but what an undeniable blessing! I can only imagine the turmoil Mary and Joseph encountered over the upheaval of their personal lives. It makes me wonder if they considered it such a blessing at the time. I would like to think that since there were Angels involved, they truly did consider themselves fortunate.
The birth of Jesus was not only a miraculous gift bestowed just to Mary and Joseph. This little miracle was to be shared with us all. The angels and saints rejoiced at His birth. They sang hymns of great joy and happiness. The birth of Jesus is the greatest miracle of all times.
We were not fortunate to be able to be there for the birth of Jesus, nor were we able to participate in his upbringing. But, we are still privileged to know him because the good news of our Lord has been passed down, or shared if you will, through the Bible. He lives on through the stories we hear, the songs we sing, the traditions we keep.
Today, in our everyday lives, we encounter little miracles. Some we miss, some are obvious. All are blessings in disguise. Here is a short list of miracles I can think of off the top of my head:
Conception and birth of all living things.
What a miracle life is! From conception of two tiny cells into the formation of a little being. The perfectness of it all is truly breathtaking. Only a miracle could explain the wonder of it all!
Little traveling miracles that keep us safe.
I often ponder traveling miracles. You know, the unexpected events that keep you safe from harm. I can’t count the number of times I have taken a different route to a destination only to hear later of an accident that probably would have involved me if I wouldn’t have listened to my instincts and gone another way. The same goes with the little things that delayed my trip like an extra trip into the house for something that I forgot or the phone conversation that took longer than expected. Who knows if those little instances haven’t been what saved me by minutes of being in trouble.
Unexplained recoveries of illness and pain.
I haven’t encountered this miracle in my life (that I know of). I have, however, heard of many stories of loved ones recovering from such horrible accidents that there is not an explanation of how they lived through the ordeal. There are tales of people who miraculously recovered from terminal illnesses. If I had to guess, I would think that these miracles are some of the most prayed for. And because we’ve been taught that God answers prayers, I know these kinds of miracles must exist. I’ll count myself lucky that I haven’t been involved in unfortunate events that lead up to this miracle being granted.
Signs that our loved ones are with us.
This is a miracle that truly fascinates me. Wow! To know that angels are among us? What a comfort. I like this bullet point a lot. I love finding white feathers in unexpected places, seeing colorful birds where there usually isn’t, the unexpected kindness of a stranger, the peaceful feeling that comes over you suddenly. And don’t forget about the little memories of loved ones that pop into your head for no reason. We might not be able to see the angels among us, but they sure delight in showing us little symbols of their presence.
Angels are among us. The Saints are watching over us. Let us rejoice and share our good fortune with others. Like Mary and Joseph did, we need to share our miracles with others. Your story might be the inspiration someone else needs so that they will believe in and can receive their own miracles.
May God bless you with miracles!
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