Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column.
By Rev. Mandy Sayers
Pastor, Covenant UMC, Gaithersburg
A miracle, at first, appears to be a big event — a weeping statue, a sign in the stars, even a grilled cheese sandwich with the face of Jesus on it. A miracle is highly unlikely and “unnatural” in the plain course of events, folks will tell you. Something God alone can do. A miracle. A contact-the-media, no-other-explanation, miracle.
You’d think there’d be precious few miracles in this age where nearly everything has an explanation. But just between us, miracles don’t turn out to be rare events at all, at least not from where I’m sitting. Miracles often wear ordinary clothes unless they’re looked at with the eyes of faith, but once you put those faith spectacles on, miracles are everywhere.
A child born, anywhere, anytime, is a miracle (read Daryl Williams column opposite this one). A child adopted or fostered is a miracle. The therapist who makes room on a full docket of patients to take the boy with severe anxiety is a miracle. Angry voices that soften to forgiveness are miracles. Reconciliation is a miracle. The prodigal child welcomed home with an embrace is a miracle. A hungry person fed, anywhere, anytime, is a miracle. A miracle happens when World Series droughts end (something that’s going to happen either way, as I write this).
Miracles, like sunrises and sunsets, happen every day if you are paying attention to see them. In ministry, I’m up to my ears in miracles every day. I can hardly swing a stick around here without hitting a miracle. Just the other day, one of our church folk was shopping for our monthly meal at the shelter. She was buying a LOT of potato salad. The cashier said, “Wow...that’s...impressive.” Our shopper said it was for the shelter. The cashier gave the name of the place and said, “I used to live there. That shelter gave me a job and a lead on a house. They saved my life. It was a miracle.”
Ministry is all about being part of somebody’s miracle and calling it by its name. Miracles are everywhere if we just have eyes to see them. Miracles are just names for places that God acts, and our God is a God that stays busy.