The Afterglow

A tiny seed grows into a tree, giving men their food, clothing and shelter. That is one of the many miracles that happen in our everyday lives. One tiny particle explodes in one big bang and the entire universe we know comes to be, ultimately enabling men to emerge. That is the primary and primeval cosmic miracle. A tiny child child grows up to be a man, changing the world he lives in to make it a better place. That is the miracle of daily changes in our human lives.

Yesterday, being my birthday, I allowed myself to indulge in an ego-trip, relishing the greetings from family and friends and basking in their expressions of affection, admiration and even adulation. On a deeper level, I realized how intertwined and interconnected my life is with people who have touched my life and changed me for the better and with people whose lives I have also touched and hopefully changed for the better. As I was going through all the messages, time and space slowly receded into the background and at some point disappeared. Space did not matter as I heard from loved ones who are miles and miles away. In some indirect yet real manner, I even got in touch with dear departed ones. Time did not matter either as friends from different time periods in my life met in the present moment of my birthday, realizing that they are somehow connected through our common past, common experiences, common friends and loved ones. All through the day, I saw, felt and heard God’s Presence in the intertwining of our lives and our loves.

We are all wonderfully made. Everything is wonderfully made. Who would think a lovely and beautiful tree would emerge from a tiny seed? Who would ever think that this awesome universe would come from a tiny spark? Who would say what or who a tine child would be or become until he has fully grown into a man and lived out the life God had designed for him? Indeed, who can fathom or even imagine what God has in store for each one of us? I’d say, “I will dream of the most outrageously wonderful dream I can imagine for God will surely have something even better and bigger than my wildest imaginings.”

I praise you, O Lord, for I am wonderfully made.

All were amazed.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit,
and he was in the desert until the day
of his manifestation to Israel.
Luke 1:59-66

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