It seems now, this month, more than any other time of year - we are all talking about Miracles... miracles on 34th Street, miracles in a manger, miracles of Christmas bonuses or families able to gather together, miracles of needs met or gifts found or -you get the idea.
Our anticipation and expectation --it rises along with that Christmas Star and we, once again, dare to hope!
You can feel it too, right? That tugging that starts down deep... In a world spinning fast, all dizzy and blurred, I love that pull that is nearly tangible to slow. it. down. --to stop, to breathe in deep this cold winter air. It fights within us... this drive to keep up, and the need to slow down!
There is a hunger and thirst for more than just some peace and quiet, but for Peace on Earth and a little Silent Night!
Let's agree together that what this weary world needs most is a Holy Night, is a Falling on our knees, is a little rejoicing! I'm still just learning about Advent and of the glory that can be found in the waiting... of the expanding expectation of His coming, and this has been a hard few weeks... still... rejoicing is what is needed! Surely - there is something we can give thanks for. As Ann with no 'e' says, the eucharisteo always proceeds the miracle!
I heard Liz Curtis Higgs speak it last year --how Mary departed after encountering the angel, heading for Elizabeth's and how maybe, just maybe, it was Elizabeths' greeting that first revealed to Mary that she was pregnant. She may have not even known when the Spirit overshadowed her!
That thought led me to this thought:
Miracles often happen when we are unaware!
Advent means "Coming" and while many still wait - we know that He has come... He is coming and He is here and no matter where you are or what you are needing, He comes for you.
Miracles happen at Christmas time, yes - but they happen all the year through!
Can I invite you to look back... over the course of this year? Get out your calendar or your journal, or both if you must, and really slow to think over it all... I do this every year and every year I am amazed to find that through the 'good' and the 'bad' - miracles have happened while we were unaware... blessings multiplied the more we tried to count them and write them down one by one. We just can't ever keep track of God, of all the ways He gives gifts, blessings, --of all the ways He performs miracles for us and through us!
We pray for miracles and in our minds we think they will arrive on the scene Big and Showy... all Lights and Action and Smoke Machines. Sometimes. Sometimes they do show up like that.
But most times? I think most times, the miracles are small and quiet and tiny... they are easily overlooked or taken for granted or blended in to the fabric of our everyday lives. But they are there!
Oh how they are there!
So starting right here and now, let's look for Miracles...
Miracles that have already happened this year, and the ones still waiting to unfold...
Let's purpose to look together, all expectant and wonder-filled!
Updated from an original post from December 2013