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Do We Witness Miracles?

Updated on March 4, 2012

Do Miracles Really Happen?

One must define the word miracle to accurately answer the question. So what exactly is a miracle? One definition I found was "1. A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is considered to be divine." The second way to define the same word was given, "2. A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment." That is what came up when I searched the words miracle definition. I think most people would tend to agree with those, or a combination of those. So I am going to work with that.

A Big Miracle in My Life

One summer, when I was 14 years old, I was scheduled to have a second surgery on my spine for sever scoliosis. I had had one when I was ten years old. There was an "S" shaped curve in my spine, and to correct both of the curves would have resulted in a pretty short torso as I was still growing.

The hope was, that my first surgery would be sufficient and that my back might not get worse or even straighten out. I was about to enter high school, and my back had gotten much worse. To not correct it would have been a bad thing for my health, never mind a very curved spine. We had the surgery scheduled with my wonderful doctor who I really loved. My mom and I cried on the way home that day, it was a very sad day.

She says to me later, do you want to have someone pray for you? I said sure I would. I believed in God and Jesus. I knew all the stories and I am a believer. Why not pray, why be so upset and not consider that? We did it. It was quiet, only 3 people. That was that.

We went to visit the doctor once more before my surgery. They took an x-ray of my back again. The doctor was given the x rays after they were processed. He put them up on the screen and looked confused. He became frustrated and said to the nurses to get the correct x-rays and told us there may have been a mistake and that we may need to take more.

They were the correct x-rays, and my back was straight. In a very short amount of time, the spine curved enough to need a second metal rod put in, was straight, and no need for surgery. My Mom told the doctor we had prayed. He looked at us and said, "It looks like your prayers are answered." I have never needed that surgery, and it is almost 30 years later. I call that a miracle.

Other Miracles

I have since prayed for other miracles. I have seen answers to those prayers too, though a true skeptic surely could come up with other alternatives so as to rule out the miracle being possible. My baby boy was on his way to visit the doctor, it was the visit to make the date for his ear surgery to put tubes in. He had had so many ear infections, and it was time to take more drastic measures.

On the way there, the bold thought occurred to me to pray, and I don't mean that the surgery would go well, and that being "put under" wouldn't harm my baby. I just prayed, "Dear God, please heal my son, and help them to have to cancel this surgery. Make his ear like new." That is what turned out to be the case less than a half hour later. No surgery, never did need it. I call that a miracle. How could I not?

There are more, like my Step Dad's tumors that were metastasizing in his brain, or my Dad that I prayed would live a bit longer after I flew into California so I could be there for his death as they took out the breathing tube, etc. I prayed hard, with faith. The exact things I prayed for, happened. I call those miracles.

Don't get me wrong, I am a firm believer in Medicine and Science as well, and think it is always wise to follow a doctor's orders when you need help.

So those are a few of the stories, and there are more. The question could be raised, so why don't I pray more? It is a good question, and when I think about it, and then I do.

Sweetest Prayers for a very sick and dying dog

My boys and I prayed for my dog, who was expected to die before we could get to the vet, after one call. I tell the story in another hub in more detail, but the short of it, is she is still alive now. Severe poisoning and blood loss, sure to die. I was so sad, and we were moving within a day or two. They said "Mom can we pray for her?" I cringed.... I knew she was dying and that it was very bad. Their hearts would be broken. Then I remembered everything else.... We prayed, and turned around and is with us to this day. Strange, huh?

Is there a God, and does he care? Does he respond to prayers prayed from a sincere heart and with strong faith? Am I too bold, to just ask for things to be turned around from the course they are obviously on, and to say, "Thank you, in advance?" You tell me.

I am so glad to have seen this question posed, and thought I will try to answer it with some of what we experienced. Open to people sharing their thoughts below.

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Eddy, Thank you so much. I am so glad you stopped by. :) Have a great day.

      Hello Sacredlilac, It is so great to know of others that have experienced similar things. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a wonderful day. :)

      Hello Denise, thank you! Happy you stopped by, shared and voted, thank you so much. Take care. :)

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, oceansandsunsets. What a powerful and inspirational message. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

    • sacredlilac profile image

      Amanda Hare 

      7 years ago from England

      I have also seen and/or experienced many miracles in my life. When that happens, how could you not believe?

      Sometimes it seems most people have lost touch with the power of prayer in this electronic day and age. Thanks for sharing your stories to show this isn't true.

      You also made a great statement about faith: Prayer is easy. Prayer backed by faith is a different kettle of fish.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and thanks for sharing.

      An up up and away here.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eddy .

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Harsha, I am so glad to hear that you believe in miracles, and I am happy to share the experiences we have had. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate it.

    • Harsha Vardhana R profile image

      Harsha Vardhana R 

      7 years ago from Bangalore

      Yes, I too believe in miracles.

      Thank you for the reminder.

      Ask-Believe-Receive is the path advised to manifest miracles

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Gail, thank you so much for your comment. I am so happy to share what our experiences are. Your visit, and votes and comment mean so much, thank you! Have a great evening. :)

    • Happyboomernurse profile image

      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow, this was so powerful and beautifully written. I think the way you pray for healings is exactly as that type of prayer should be- why just pray for surgery or treatment to go well when we can pray and believe that healing is possible?

      Thanks so much for sharing your miracles. They were very heartwarning and inspiring.

      I'm voting this hub up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting and sharing it on facebook.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello YogaKat, thanks so much for your votes and visit to my hub! I like what you said, and find that to be true in my own life generally speaking.

      Your visit and votes are appreciated, thank you!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Katrine, thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and views here, thank you. I love to hear what others think about these kinds of things.

      I appreciate your visit and votes. Have a great evening!

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      7 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      I also voted up and awesome. Ask and you shall receive. I go about my daily life and forget to ask. When I do ask God, he always eventually answers and usually in ways I couldn't possibly imagine.

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      7 years ago

      Hi, this is a great hub. Questions are endless really. I personally believe in an existence of higher powers to which we connect through the amazing power of our mind and thoughts. Anything in this world is thought-made. When we so much desire something I believe that the powers of this Universe conspire to help us achieve that. So the miracles we talk about must then surely be the results of such strength of our own thoughts. Voted up and beautiful.


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