I have written in the past about everyday miracles…. about how God works through us and around us in everyday life to do miracles that may be so subtle and un-proclaimed as to slip by, unnoticed. As we have moved through Lent, I was also “caught” by a snippet from Dave Daubert from The Intentional Christian, P.36: “The Ignatian practice of reflecting on the day and noticing where God was at work can turn a bad day into a discovery of gratitude.” It struck me that the Christian disciple must be intentional about looking for miracles… most of them don’t clobber us over the head or emit shimmering light. Miracles are usually subtle. (If you want to know more about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, visit here https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-spiritual-exercises/what-are-the-spiritual-exercises ).
I was given permission to share the experience of “G”, a gentleman who is not a member of our church but has certainly engaged in discipleship with us. “G” writes:
I am a frequent visitor at St. Paul church. I do regularly attend the Wednesday night Community Dinner and stay for the service afterwards. Recently, Pastor Moore has started a new approach once a month called “Encounter”.
This past month, the Encounter focused on healing. I have had chronic sinus pain, so when the opportunity came to be anointed with oil and prayed for, I decided to participate.
I am happy to report that since the healing service, I have been free of the sinus pain and believe that I have been healed! Thank God!!!
“G” was able to appreciate the connection between faith, prayer and healing from years of pain. “G” gave me this letter some time ago (that particular “Encounter” service was last fall). He reports that he continues to be free of pain. This miracle was personal and not showy, but for “G” it has been a gift and a redemption to be free of chronic pain.
I invite you to look, not just during Lent, but every day, for ways that God has redeemed you or someone you know. What happened to you today that reflected God at work in your life, that turned a bad day into a good one? How are the actions that you took, or the acts of others, changing the world into a better place? Miracles still happen … we just have to be attentive and alert to see them.
Holly Hoffman, Diaconal Minister (Deacon)by