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Miracles

Don’t miss the miracle of the day. There is always one. But, you might miss seeing it if you stare at your phone too long or stop listening to the person next to you. Not that your phone isn’t a modern-day miracle. But, people are much more interesting for these daily occurrences of “Wow!”

Don’t believe me?

I almost missed my miracle today. I had been listening to my middle son rant–again and again with increasing rapidity and repetition–about subjects we discussed yesterday, the day before, weeks before, maybe even a year ago. But, for him, it is always yesterday. Once again, I reminded him that I want to hear his stories. Just not at the volume and intensity he was telling them at the time. In any case, I encouraged him to talk with me as calmly as possible, let the rest go, and please carry in his McDonalds bags from the car.

When he entered the house, he asked his younger brother, “What do you do when someone at karate hurts your feelings or is doing something wrong?”

“I stay calm and mostly just ignore it,” said my youngest.

After a few minutes, the question was posed to me.

“I try to talk it out with the other person,” I said. “But, if that doesn’t work, I guess we go our separate ways.”

“Which you hate,” said my youngest.

“Yes,” I conceded.

“Thanks for lunch, Mom.”

So, did you catch the miracle?

My youngest son and I did. In fact, we caught each other’s gazes over the question from my middle son, that articulate inquiry from my adult child with ASD.

It sparked a hope I didn’t have earlier. It was a hope of more conversations like this one. But, not just that. It was a hope for my own question surrounding my own answer. A few hours earlier, I didn’t have much hope for a resolution.

After our daily miracle, I found myself believing again.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

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Marvel

What makes me marvel may surprise most people. It isn’t typical.

It isn’t the magnificent structures made by humans. It isn’t necessarily natural nuances. Those things are marvelous. But, that is not what makes me marvel.

Words marvel me.

But, not just any words.

The words spoken by my son with ASD marvel me.

Especially the new ones.

Especially the multi-syllabic ones.

Especially the ones spoken from natural nuances.

Because I remember when I didn’t hear that particular word.

I remember it like it was yesterday.

Because it was yesterday.

The words spoken by God’s Son marvel me.

Especially the old ones made new.

Especially the multiple-instance ones.

Especially the ones spoken beyond natural nuances.

Because I remember when I first heard that particular word.

I remember like it was yesterday.

Because it was yesterday.

And then again today.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 NIV

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Mercy

Mercy

 

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:19-21 NIV