I believe in miracles. And it was with great sincerity that in early December, I got on my knees and prayed (more than once) for some Christmas miracles.
Things were not going well for me nor my little band of friends. 2012 had been unkind: broken hearts, lost jobs, dying parents, struggling testimonies, cancer- and we found ourselves approaching the holidays with heavy hearts.
The words of the famous carol “I Hear the Bells on Christmas Day” came to mind. And in despair I bowed my head. There is no peace on earth, I said. For hate is strong and mocks the song of Peace on Earth, Good Will to men.
I wanted a Christmas miracle (or two or three) for all of us. Something big, something noticeable something that would lift our hearts and give us courage. My prayers went something like: “Father, Mother …. things are pretty tough down here in this old, tired world. We’re hanging on by our fingernails and I’m just not sure how much longer we keep at it. Please be with us and guide us – and send us more than comfort. Send us something big. A miracle.”
Christmas is just two days away – and no miracles. Actually, it seems that things have gotten worse: healthcare bills are hight (too high to afford), cars have been totalled, miscarriages continue, love is still unrequited, and the world seems harsher after the shooting in Connecticut. Did God hear my prayer? Has He answered me in some mysterious way that I do not see? Is it about “timing” – and I will I understand later? Do I need to view this situation with a broader lens?
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: God is not dead nor does He sleep. The wrong shall fail, the right prevail with Peace on Earth, Good Will to men.
In asking this final question, I do not want to diminish THE Christmas Miracle that we celebrate each year: the birth (and later the Atonement) of Christ. This event humbles me and fills me with gratitude. I acknowledge its depth and breath and meaning in my life – and in lives of humankind.
But what about our everyday? Is God involved enough to shift situations in our favor? Does He? And, if so, when?