Daily Miracles

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“As Jesus went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.”

People flocked to Jesus because He taught them many things; but also because ( and maybe even more so) He performed miracles: He fed them from a few loaves; He turned water into wine; He healed those who were sick and He even raised the dead.

I often also look to Jesus, and to God, for such miracles in my own life. I pray for my life to be easy and problem-free. I want everything I need to be there when and where and how I want them. I pray for answers to the many questions that bug and bother me. But my life has not worked that way. There is no Jesus in my here and now to multiply the bread or to turn water into wine or to take away the pain and the sorrow.

Instead, I am given 24 hours with the dawn of every new day and that itself is the daily miracle I get. And daily, I am given people who love and care for me to help me bear my pain and sorrow. I am given people to to care for and share with so that I can feed one hungry person, clothe and welcome one homeless waif, visit one lonely elder. If I can but be less greedy in a selfish world. If I can but be a little more gentle and a little kinder in an angry and vengeful environment. If I can but walk that extra mile for love and service. If I can but spend a day thinking more of others than of myself, then every day that ends will end up being a miracle for me and for others in my life.

 

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