Do You Believe in Miracles?
We human beings are a strange bunch when it comes to miracles. When someone tells us about something that happened to them and calls it a miracle, we become very circumspect. While we may not say it out loud, in our minds we’re examining what happened to them and we’ve figured out that it could be explained away with science or as being wishful thinking.
Yet in American culture, we eagerly embrace miracle wrinkle creams and Miracle Whip as the real thing, as if we believe in miracles.
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So, do YOU believe in miracles? That’s going to be an important question this Sunday as we are confronted with the first miracle that Gospel writer Mark says that Jesus performed. It’s something that we might actually say was a miracle – or we could easily dismiss it as something that modern medicine could explain away.
Every Day, a Miracle
But I’d like to add some of the thoughts of one of my favorite spiritual teachers – the Buddhist monk Thich na Hanh- for you to think about. Master Teacher Thich puts forth the following:
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
Over the past several weeks we’ve considered the concept of our own identity:
- As Christians.
- As First Church members.
- As people who endeavor to enhance the greater Danbury community as best we can.
This week we consider that our identity is as God’s People, who in and of ourselves are a miracle of God’s creation. If you take on the challenge of Thich na Hanh’s writings, where are you finding the miraculous in your life while “walking on earth,” despite all the obstacles to happiness in 2021?
We’ll explore this further on Sunday.