Sara Groves

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!

IJM: 5 Weeks for Freedom - Nashville

(Me, IJM Staffers Daria Wilson and Amy Lucia, Sara Groves)

I've been hearing about International Justice Mission for a while now, primarily in association with my friend Sara Groves who has been a passionate supporter and contributor to IJM.  Interestingly, we had just recently talked about IJM and the possibility of my contributing at some point, when I got a call from the coordinator of the Nashville 5 Weeks for Freedom event, asking if I could participate.  This was just a couple of weeks ago, and the event took place on Saturday (July 10).  It seemed meant to be, and I was excited to be with them and learn more about their work.

I am still shocked by the numbers and the stories...more slaves today than during the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade (four centuries!)??!!?  How is this possible?  Why don't we hear more about it?  Young children (like yours and mine), women (like you and me), tricked and trapped into brothels, violently abused every night.  Widows and their children forced off their own land, left to wander without provision or shelter.  This is happening.  Right now it's happening.

There are laws in place, laws that prohibit slavery.  IJM's investigators, attorneys and social workers are entering into the gap and not only rescuing and rehabilitating the victims, but going after the source of corruption and bringing oppressors to justice.  They are currently at work in 13 developing countries around the world and have brought thousands of people out of slavery It's no small thing.

There are lots of ways to be a part of this good work.  You don't have to be famous or rich or available to travel.  Check out the numerous possibilities...all you really need is to care enough to act.  To do or share what God puts in your hands to do or share.  In the face of tremendous need everywhere in the world, we can become paralyzed and do nothing, since we can't do everything.  Doing nothing can't be an option for people who have been given everything that is needed for Life.

By the way, a super easy way you can join in right now:  Grab your phone and TEXT "FREEDOM" to 20222...$10 without even having to put a stamp on an envelope.  Could we together ask 100,000 people to do that once this summer?

(My sister Mandy played & sang with me.)

I gave a few songs and it's not enough to save even a small village. But if we pass out the bread God has entrusted us with, can we not trust God to make it matter?