Miracles of Life-Creating a Grateful Heart

The Debate about 'Miracle'

Have you ever witnessed a miracle?” That was a recent question posed by Hubber Brett Winn. I’m not sure if he was referring to miracles from a religious standpoint, or if he was merely curious as to what other people consider miracles in their own lives. Certainly, the responses indicating that for those who have beat death or beat the odds of surviving at some level there is an element of the mysterious, a component to what constitutes a miracle. There were also a few very firm skeptics who found it necessary to correct the responders as to what defined a miracle.

The song, ‘What a wonderful world’, sung so beautifully by the renowned Louis Armstrong, comes to my mind when I think of this word: miracle . It is song that reflects the ordinary things that most people do not recognize as a blessing or take a moment to pause and appreciate. So, let me share with you what my thoughts of what a miracle is and some examples in my own life.

I assure you, it will not fall into any category that is defined by the strict religious code of ‘miracle’. But, I’m confident that us ordinary folk will recognize and nod in agreement. Sometimes, the ‘authorities’ can’t convince the masses that they aren’t supposed to have their own ideas of what constitutes a miraculous event.

Mr. Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World

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A Miracle Defined:

One hubber delighted in scoffing at the examples that other hubbers offered in Brett’s question, “Have you ever witnessed a miracle?” because the answers were not ‘extraordinary’ events that defied any possible way they could have occurred. But, to me, a miracle is a personal experience.

In my opinion, miracles are events that are filled with wonder and awe. For instance, it is a miracle when something happens that defies the mind’s ability to grasp that the conditions were so perfect to have this (event) occur.

One man related that his son had walked away from a horrific car accident. When he witnessed that the car was smashed beyond repair, the level of destruction of the vehicle, and the relatively insignificant injuries his son sustained, that was incomprehensible; to this father-that was miraculous.

Wonder…awe…incomprehensibility equals ‘miracle’.

What is a 'Miracle' continued...

Another writer related that for years he was subjected to an addiction with drugs and alcohol which consumed his will and overtook his personality-the part of him which was unable to take right action for himself. Note: he was unable to do what he knew was healthy for himself in order to avoid the self-destructive patterns that were destroying him. Enter into his life: recovery and sobriety. That for him was a miracle, and I would applaud him that recognition and agree with him.

When one is on a self destructive path and cannot stop it, no matter how noble they make the attempt, and then a shift occurs in which they become capable to make the necessary changes, there is a component that is not earthly, not intellectual and not of our own accordance. How this happens is a mystery, but that it happens is grace.

The unknown factor of mystery and the spiritual component of grace equals ‘miracle’.

More on the Definition of 'Miracle'

Any woman or man whose intent is to have a baby only to discover an inability to do so due to fertility issues knows the heartache of having this dream tossed to the wayside. A miracle is the occurrence of something unexpected, (i.e. the pregnancy), when one has tried and given up; when one has accepted the physical conditions appearing to be reality; when one knows that no amount of medical information or new experimental drugs will be met with positive results. And yet, it happens.

A miracle is what appears impossible to occur showing up in one’s life when all else has failed, when all hope is gone.

From a personal standpoint, my daughter Cara has been the recipient of that miracle and named her ‘Grace’ . It was a most appropriate honor to the mysterious powers of God and we cannot fail to appreciate that fact each time we hear her name or see her smiling face. Shortly after Grace was born, (actually nine months later), Cara, and her husband Alexandru, found themselves pregnant again. This time without any medical intervention. Baby Alex joined our family on 4th of July, 2008. You can read Cara's pregnancy story here: #mce_temp_url#

My other miracles:

Experiencing the births of my two daughters

Witnessing the births of my grandchildren

Feeling peace and contentment in an unsettled world

The beauty of the earth

The mystery of the Universe

All of God’s creatures

My working body

Some Final Thoughts:

I leave you with these thoughts: Every day is a miracle and each one of us is that miracle. We are the extraordinary, awesome, mysterious wonders that participate in the reality of our world. It is a blessing to walk this earth with eyes and ears open to all that has been created for us to experience, and acknowledge these gifts with gratitude.

When I was in high school I was deeply moved by Max Ehrmann’s poem: Desiderata. It is a beautiful reminder to humble ourselves and appreciate the miracle of who we are. As he has written: For all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

My Miracles:

Daughters: Cara and Christa
Daughters: Cara and Christa | Source
My grandchildren
My grandchildren | Source

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Voted way up, even funny, because that last photo of you with your prescious grandchildren all smiling so broadly made me feel so good that I chuckled out loud! Simply beautiful.

I love the story of Grace and how she got her name, which as you say, is so appropriate.

I agree with your definitions and examples of what a miracle is. Miracles are all around us if we open ourselves up to seeing and experiencing them.

This hub lifts the spirit and is a joy to read.

Good luck in the contest.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Just wanted to add that I shared this on Facebook.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Beautiful thoughts about miracles. Just as Gail said, they are most definitely around us if we are open to them. Yes, my little Grace was indeed a miracle and so was her "surprise" brother. I am truly grateful for each of them and the joy that they bring to our family. (Even if one of them likes to run me ragged!) Thank you for this reminder to watch for those "small" miracles that so many miss.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

What a beautiful family! Yes..our children and grandchildren are our wonderful miracles for sure..I do believe in miracles and have wittnessed a few in my lifetime and I treasure them, as they have been my faith builder. Lovely hub in so many ways.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

what a wonderful share.. the only miracle I witnessed was the 1969 New York Mets winning the World Series.. yeah?


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Gail-thanks for your comments and for sharing! I appreciate it. Yes, I'm not sure how we managed to get everyone sitting still and capturing the silliness at the same time, but we did! Not only that-the 'color coordination' was completely unplanned between the two families. That was sweet synchronicity.

Hi Cara-I edited this piece and added a link to your hub about motherhood. :)

Sunnie-thanks. We do love those grandkids, don't we. They lighten our step that's for sure.

Yes Frank! Baseball as well. My witness to that was the year the Tigers won the WS. Thanks for your miracle story, LOL


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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

I have never believe in miracles. my last hub was a satire on the religious "miracle".... I however believe in the love that emanate from my grand children. Like you I see the "miracle of life" in their smiles.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello SilentReed-those grandchildren are really heartstring manipulators, aren't they? Hee hee. I appreciate your candid comments and your willingness to read this with an open mind. Thanks.


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feenix 4 years ago

Hello, Denise,

This piece is a beautiful, loving and warm work of art. Truly, beautiful, loving and warm.

I am really glad that our paths crossed and I am quite pleased to have made your acquaintance. Also, I am very happy to have gained another wonderful friend here on HubPages.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello feenix-I love your Hub name and its significance, by the way. Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I will add the link to include your 'miracle' hub to this one. I think we are of like minds when it comes to this subject. Take care.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Every moment that we experience in this life is indeed a wonderful miracle. What a completely beautiful hub Denise - awesome as always and definitely voting up as I always do with your terrific hubs!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi acaetnna, I agree with you. Sometimes people get caught up in the daily grind and forget to express the gratitude of the many blessings we receive each day. Thanks for reading and offering your support in the way that you do.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

It's funny that I came across this today. Just the other day I wrote a hub on what I considered to be a miracle. I don't know if you have read it or not. There are many miracles that happen in our life, sometimes we don't recognize them as such. I try to appreciate each day as a miracle. I love this hub and your daughters and grand-children are beautiful! Have a miracle day! :)


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Denise,

I caught feenix's hub first, and saw he'd recommended this one. Glad he did!

Especially loved this part of your article, "Sometimes, the ‘authorities’ can’t convince the masses that they aren’t supposed to have their own ideas of what constitutes a miraculous event." (Big smile!)

By the way ... your "miracles" are beautiful!

It was a great read. :)

femme


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi sgbrown-I will double check your miracle hub. Thanks for your comments. I think those kids are pretty awesome, but I've been told (by my daughter) that I'm biased, LOL

femmeflashpoint-good to see you. Thanks for the feedback. Isn't it true how some so called leaders speak for the majority with such authority? Hmmm Enjoy your w/e


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drbillfannin 4 years ago from Atlanta

Thanks for the hub. Good job.

However; can I please ask that we give proper distinction to the word "miracle?" I get the point that everyday "miracles' are what many people experience. My issue with that is the word "miracle' was originally used to refer to those "extraordinary" things which God did far and above the everyday. People say the birth of a baby is a miracle. Not so, please. Only if the mother had serious life-threatening problems would I even want to say that birth is a miracle. Babies are born every day. There is nothing miraculous about that.

I prefer to use the word "miracle" to describe events that defy science and the everyday and can only be explained by the "intervention" of God. God reached out his hand and changed the normal course of events which resulted in an outcome that was unexpected and often un-explainable.

For all the rest, we need to be using the word "blessing." We all get blessings every day.

Let's use the word "miracle" for the glorification of God when He does something "miraculous." Miracles are the things that make the evening news. God doesn't perform miracles everyday. Jesus gave miracles for a "sign." He told us so himself. Can we please keep it the way he wanted it?


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello drbillfannin-thanks for reading this hub and sharing your thoughts. You certainly are entitled to your opinion about how people should or should not use the word 'miracle' and to your preference of the use of the word "to describe events that defy science..."

As for "all the rest" we don't NEED to be using blessing in exchange of miracle, because each one of us is entitled to our opinion in the same way that you are. And, NO, I specifically stated that this use of the word in my hub was not going to be used from the religious or biblical sense.

Further, I highly doubt that people are going to stop using the word miracle to describe every day blessings. That is what makes this such a 'wonderful world' after all: different people, different opinions, different use of words and their meanings, different colors, different nationalities, different sexual preferences, different ways of practicing faith, and yet-we are all cut from the same cloth-all one and the same.

I just love the uniqueness of each of us individually, don't you? :) Enjoy your weekend and thank you for stopping by to read and comment.


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Keith Engel 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A very nice Hub Ms. Handlon. As far as the issue concerning miracle and its various connotations. It is unfortunate anymore that certain words have become synonymous with X or Y. Unfortunately the English language though rich in content and words, is also limited at the same time. Usually one word is used to explain a particular concept, that might have many definitions, were as other languages have some times three or four words to express the different connotations of the words. For example Ancient Greek used four words for love, Agape, Eros, Phila/Philo and Storge. All have a different usage for different scenarios of love.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_words_for_love

What the English does provide is a wonderful matter called adjectives. In many ways many of the adjectives used for love are found in the basis of the Greek, brotherly love, family love, neighborly love, respectful love, erotic love etc. Thus, it can go for miracles, there are everyday miracles/blessings and then there are holy miracles. Here goes a wonderful blog that talks about Miracles and God actually. Here goes a definition that was provided by the author using the Greek and Hebrew words used.

A miracle is a demonstration of (God's) power which acts as a sign to show that God is particularly at work.

Thus, in this, you can of course postulate that of course everything is a Holy miracle and a sign of God depending upon how deep a believer you are in God. Of course, the opposite is also true, if it isn't a significant demonstration of God's power to act as a sign for people, then it is an every day miracle and blessing.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, Keith Engel, for your explanation. Your example of the Greek word(s) for love was a good one. Have a pleasant Sunday and thanks for commenting.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Dee, I always think of Mike when I hear that song What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. It was a 45 record that was in his stuff I picked up in LA when he died and I've kept it ever since.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

OM, Danette-I never knew that. That just gave me goosebumps-thanks for sharing that with me; now I will be thinking of him as well when I hear the song. Enjoy your week. Can't wait to see what your book outline will look like! :) Hugs.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Birth and children are indeed miracles. Life itself is a miracle on a daily basis. I know miracles are real, I experienced two in my lifetime and came out a different person and a definite believer in miracles. How they happen I have no idea, I am not a religious but a spiritual man. I am thankful for the miracles I experienced and am a better person for it today.Voted up and shared. BTW beautiful pics of some of your miracles.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Vincent-thank you for sharing your experiences with miracles. I appreciate your vote and share...and the comments on the kids. :) Enjoy your week, and thanks for stopping by.


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qlcoach 4 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

This is a wonderful Hub. It shines with the power of purple Light. Thank you again for your comments about my Hub, Spiritual Counseling. I have also written about the subject of miracles: "But, maybe what appears as miraculous is not so unusual. For me a miracle signifies unexpected relief from emotional or physical suffering. " Peace and Light...Gary.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Gary-thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. I agree with your own definition of 'miracle'. When one's suffering ceases it truly is miraculous. Thanks for your work in this area. :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Miracles happen every day..we just need to still and wait. They will come. This was an interesting collection of experiences with miracles. My life and the lives of my family have been filled with many miracles. I am in awe each time one finds its way into our lives.

The birth of my first grandson in 1995 was a miracle--each new birth is nothing short of a miracle. then again in 2010 another miracle...a second grandson...for so many reasons he is a miracle and his Momma too is a miracle...his brother too continues to be a miracle because we were told that both he and his Momma would have died five or six years ago. So, we live each day in the knowledge that we are blessed . I am so glad I found this. Sending Angels to you :) ps


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Patricia-I appreciate your comments about miracles, and I agree that miracles happen every day. No one will convince me otherwise, nor do they have to. Thank you for reading this and sharing your experience as well. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and many blessings.

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