Saturday, May 28, 2011

lower-case miracles

I've recently developed a new definition of the word "miracle." To me a miracle is now anything that requires the hand of God to bring to pass. In that light, every day is filled chock-full of miracles. The sun comes up, the sun goes down. A miracle. I breathe in, I breathe out. Again, miraculous.

I've also come up with a name for these kind of divine manifestations: lower-case miracles. They might not be biblical or "raise the dead" amazing, but they are amazing nonetheless.

Such not-so-little things as "finding" the resources to live on from month to month in a still punch-drunk economy. Or the miracle of children both old and young being given opportunities to learn Chinese at a special school, to attend writer's retreats, and countless other tender mercies. Some are still in development, so stay tuned...

As I've tried to pay more attention to the experiences that come to me and to my family, it has become clear that God is intimately involved in the very small and "ordinary" moments of our lives. Amazingly so. I sorrow for those that question the love of the Lord for them or even that doubt He lives. I've so many evidences that affirm otherwise.

These many "lower-case" miracles are all kind expressions of a loving and all-knowing Father in Heaven. I'm trying hard to pay more attention to them.


  1. I have been noticing those raining from the sky lately. Nice post, dad.

  2. I'm glad that I found your blog...

    Do you think it's our age that causes us to be grateful for the little things? The older I get, the more appreciative I have become of these lower-case miracles. I have also found that a happy life is one that is filled with gratitude.

    Great post!

  3. I think thats an inspired message that I needed to hear. Im going to pay more attention at how God is intimately aware of my life.

  4. Thank-you as always for making me think! I love that last picture!

  5. I hope to pay closer attention too now. Thanks for the great post.

  6. I think I may be proving to be one of your "lower case" miracles here. Sorry it has taken me so long check even my favorite persons blog. Thank you again, for another perfect reminder.