Since January has five Thursdays, I get to do a bonus post. This unexpected happening could be considered a miracle by the most basic of definitions. Natalie’s staircase post earlier this week got me to thinking about miracles. Miracles seem to be closely connected to Christmas too so I thought might be good to get a little miracle talk going. Trying to define miracle can be a little bit of a challenge. It’s made up of something that is “hard to say”. Unexplainable? Yes. Religious? Maybe. Supernatural? Perhaps. Webster’s definition labels it an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs. All clear now right?
Hardly. We use the term quite often in all manner of ways. A baby is born. A miracle! A team wins against the odds. A miracle! You find those papers you thought you lost. A miracle! There can be severe, dramatic miracles like a person suffering from disease who is suddenly, without explanation, well. The vision of a religious figure coming to those in need. A survivor of a disaster who never should have made it. There can be simple miracles like the “answer to your prayers”. The chance meeting of THE person you will spend the rest of your life with. Even being in the right place at the right time. There are the more formal and well-known types of miracles- those in religious history and texts. Tales like the parting of the Red Sea, the works of Jesus of Nazareth, and the flight of the prophet Muhammed. After a lot of reading and lots of definitions I come back to it really is just any good event that isn’t likely that can’t be easily explained. Miracles can reward us, teach us, lead us , or enrich us. Bottom line for this Yule Logger- no matter how you slice it, Christmas is a miracle. Embracing the miracle of Christmas all year long doesn’t need any explanation. Join us, won’t you?