Yes, Samuel, miracles do still happen...

*Several weeks ago, when the 5-year-old whispered up to me during the worship service: Why don't miracles happen NOW?...I thought of the modern-day healings and visions I've read about, but I knew he meant: Why can't I see a miracle?

Tonight I heard a pastor speak about God found in places we don't think to look.  A manger?  On the outskirts of town? Or...back a few pages to the days of David...a transient tent for the ark of the covenant?  I think seeing Him in unexpected places is miraculous.  I think the Maker reaching down into the Story...seeing us, wanting us...that's miraculous, marvelous.  Yes, Samuel, miracles DO still happen.  So here I repost a past reflection on miracles of Light we witness here in the dark, against all odds...with added artwork from someone I admire very much.  A Joyful Christmas Celebration to You and Yours this week of the Glorious, Miraculous Birth.*

When something life-giving falls from us who are riddled with want...a word of kindness or sympathy...an inconvenient act of generosity...isn't it a miracle?

If something touched by our trembling fingers grows gold and winged, soars ... finds entrance to another human soul...isn't it a miracle?

When a child looks you in your tired eyes and reaches a small hand, adoring...

Isn't it...miraculous?

When a friend hears the pained confession,

and stays...

When we find ourselves swept off our seats in laughter, even though...

Is it not the most welcome kind of miracle?

When work comes along, finally...

When the work is completed...

When an improbable friendship is born...

When we find a fragile opening to forgiveness...

When something lost is found...

something broken healed...

something caged released...

When one creature carries and nurtures another in the caverns of its own body...

When the crocus smiles from snowy earth

and strangers share a meal...

When brothers and sisters pave new ways...

When suffering sweeps over and still we see light and truth and love and hope...

When the artist creates...

When the creator loves...

When the lover saves...

And the savior lives!

may we be moved to see the marvels of things in motion here...

the miraculous, gorgeous possibilities which rise from the ashes of "reality"

providing what is needed for Life.

A related listen:  Sara Groves - Miracle

*GIFT IDEA...Beautiful new book of calligraphic art released by Timothy Botts!