This Thanksgiving, while meditating on all that I have to be grateful for, I keep getting stuck on the word “miracle.” One definition of “miracle” is:
.. an extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.
- Genuine Friendship is miraculous.
- Selflessness, Sacrifice, Humility … all miracles.
- Compassion, Passion, Service … miracle, miracle, miracle.
- Love is miraculous.
As a Christ follower, I believe we are “made in the Image of God.” Some people believe that to be in our physical appearance and religiously taught gender attributes. I am not sure about how much those might play into it or not. What I clearly see in our faith’s scriptures, and in my personal relationship with our Creator, is that our Creator definitely wants us to know Him and to know that we are known by Him. He wants us to love Him and to allow ourselves to be loved by Him.
To know and be known, to love and be loved. That’s the Divine Image we bear. It’s a transcendent state of being that miraculously facilitates the greatest of Jesus’ teachings, which is to love God with our whole being and to love others as ourselves.
In this world, to have even a glimpse of this heart-wired relational and loving dynamic is to witness a miracle.
In that spirit, this Thanksgiving, when I consider all that I have to be grateful for, I think of you. You are known and loved; “miracle” is the only perfect word for what I see in who you are.
You are miraculous.