Young children have no problem believing in miracles. They are new, innocent, and without the constraints living in this world can produce. But despite our age, many of us are still open to miracles, too.
A miracle is a happening that no natural power can bring to pass in any manner or form whatsoever. Have you experienced one?
Of course you have:
If you have seen a baby growing in the body of a woman.
If you have held in your hand the seed of a flower, planted it, and watched it take root and bloom.
If you have seen the light and felt the burn of a sun you could never touch.
If you have forgiven an enemy when you never thought you would.
If you have risked your life for another's. Or another has risked his for yours.
If you have lived another day in suffering, yet also lived that day with hope.
If you have heard the voice of God through another person, or media outlet, or in the frustrations of a difficult personal situation.
If you have experienced any of these things, you have experienced the miracle of Grace in the world--right here where you are. And there are many more opportunities than these.
But caution. Though it is always being offered, Grace must be noticed affirmatively to be taken advantage of.
If we don't take the time to notice and affirm them, the miracles of Grace will not affect us--not even if they are all around us.
God's Grace is as much a part of our earthly lives as our own breathing. But just as with our own breath, we must take it in and make it part of us.
For a Catholic, the greatest of miracles is The Eucharist. What graces we receive from The Bread of Life!
Let's be alert, so we can be open to the miracles that the grace of God shows to the world.
Copyright Kaye Hinckley, 2015
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