1: an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs
2: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment
3 Christian Science: a divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law
Miracle (n.): mid-12th century, “a wondrous work of God” from Old French miracle (11th century) “miracle, story of a miracle, miracle play,” from Latin miraculum “object of wonder” (in Church Latin, “marvelous event caused by God“), from mirari “to wonder at, marvel, be astonished,” figuratively “to regard, esteem,” from mirus “wonderful, astonishing, amazing,” earlier smeiros, from Proto-Indo-European smei- “to smile, laugh” (source also of Sanskrit smerah “smiling,” Greek meidan “to smile,” Old Church Slavonic smejo “to laugh“)
From mid-13th century “as extraordinary or remarkable feat,” without regard to deity. Replaced Old English wundortacen, wundorweorc. The Greek words rendered as miracle in the English bibles were semeion “sign,” teras “wonder,” and dynamis “power,” in Vulgate translated respectively as signum, prodigium, and virtus. The Latin word is the source of Spanish milagro, Italian miracolo.
“No gasp at a miracle that is truly miraculous because the magic lies in the fact that you knew it was there for you all along.”
Toni Morrison (b. Chloe Anthony Wofford in 1937, editor, novelist, and the recipient of The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993)
“In good time every secret must be shared and every miracle called into question.”
Alice Hoffman (b., 1952, American novelist and young adult and children's writer; best known for her 1995 novel "Practical Magic," which was adapted for a 199 film of the same name)
“The miracle of children is that we just don’t know how they will change or who they will become.”
Eileen Kennedy-Moore (psychologist, speaker, and author of the book, "Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's Pure Potential")
“Take a close look at nature and you’ll see that every living creature is wired for mutation and variation. The fact that people can say, 'I’m not the same person I used to be,' is the greatest of all miracles.”
Toni Sorenson (author of a number of bestselling books including, "The Great Brain Cleanse")
“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”
C. S. Lewis (C.S. Lewis was a prolific Irish writer and scholar best known for his 'Chronicles of Narnia' fantasy series and his pro-Christian texts)
“Take a close look at nature and you’ll see that every living creature is wired for mutation and variation. The fact that people can say, ‘I’m not the same person I used to be,’ is the greatest of all miracles.” — Toni Sorenson
We all know we are works-in-progress. But, do we know we are walking miracles. Can we really accept that?
Haven’t we all gone through cycles of transformation, periods when we had to change for one reason or another; and it was usually prompted by traumatic event.
Like everyone, I had my share of “trials and tribulations,” through the death of my mother at a very young age, divorce, illness, job loss. These events challenged, tested, provoked me, and ultimately made me stronger.
For all of us, it can take time to rise up from a big fall. It’s a miracle we have the strength to lift ourselves at all.
I was watching the other night the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” special on HBO. It’s is one of my favorite award ceremonies, because I get peaks into the mystical side of music, especially if I pay close attention, there’s always some esoteric secret that is shared from veteran musicians.
In addition to the inductees like Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and others, the band Pearl Jam was honored. When Eddie Vedder, their lead singer accepted his award, he said this: “I could hold my hold body up with one finger. If the music wasn’t playing I could not do that with both hands. That’s the power of rock and roll.” Vedder was explaining the miracle of music, which flows directly from The Divine.
“When we are at our weakness we are strong,” pastor and spiritual teacher Rob Bell said so eloquently during one of his sermons on “Alternative Wisdom” (https://robbell.podbean.com).
When we are vulnerable we are opened to the possibilities and to the help from The Divine. That’s the miracle. And we don’t have to be rock stars to receive such gifts. The remarkable feat is that we were chosen and strong enough take these life journeys in the first place.
Stay in awe, sojourners!
Much Love, Tonya