Practical Miracles

I think that we are infatuated with the idea of miracles?  We certainly need them.  We read of, Alice in Wonderland, and we are captivated by, Jack and the Beanstalk.  Television and movies show us the most fantastic happenings.  The television show, Lost, illustrated members of a plane crash being marooned on an island that could not be be found.  In the last episode of the long running series we discovered that the characters had all died, an undetermined amount of time ago, and that although their story lines had changed…they did not realize the change.

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The scripture tells us of the blind receiving their sight and the dead being brought back to life.  Jesus healed all manner of illness and disability and seemed to do so with little struggle or strain.

‘When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.  And he said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’  which is translated, (Sent).  So he went and washed, and came back seeing.’    John 9:6   NKJV

Although today’s world seems to be a bit more like the Twilight Zone rather than Alice in Wonderland, there are still miracles all around us.

When I witness the miracle of Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale and the transformative work that it does in the lives of countless numbers of people…I am awe struck.

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To be a member of a church that is constantly striving to reach-out to those who need help,  is Christ work here on earth.  The most recent of these efforts being the, Laundry Project, where members of our congregation pay for the washing and drying of the poor and homeless, laundry.

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MJ and I were in Aldi’s Grocery Store this afternoon when a woman fell to the floor and began to have a seizure.  Almost the entire store rallied to her aid…the situation was extremely frightening, but the demonstrated love and concern for a fellow human being was extraordinary.

When I see television commercials for, St. Judes Hospital, and the work that they do with children suffering with cancer…I see angels.

I often ponder what a wonderful blessing and honor it is to live in the United States.  Our rich history of being a home for the down-trodden and the forgotten, ‘bring me your wretched refuse from your teeming shore,’ and the constitutional guarantee for fundamental fairness for all.  To be able to live our lives according to the rule of law…and not the whims of a autocratic or dictator…is a safety and a practical miracle.  Our nation has been the example to emulate for the rest of the world.  Countries that seek freedom of thought and religion and lifestyle…seek our example.  For my lifetime we have lectured other nations regarding human rights.

The U.S. is a nation for the little guy and gal!  We are a nation where the poor and needy and hungry and lost…can receive help and redress of their grievances and hurts and the wrongs that have been perpetrated against them.

We are a nation where persons color or religion, or lack thereof, or their support of a political party…is irrelevant.  We are a nation for which there is no equal on the Earth.

Perhaps we are living in a miracle…if we can keep it?

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