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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Miracles

Miracles... They happen everyday according to those that believe in them. Primarily by those of the Christian faith.

I myself am a Christian. But I don't go to church or fall to my knees in prayer at the drop of a hat for every little thing. I also question the Bible and it's texts. But that is all for another post, on another day, in a different blogging area. Not for here.

Let's get back to the original topic of this post. Miracles.

Miracles are from the hand of God. They can occure in subtle ways, or "larger than life" ways.

For all technological and medical purposes (of the late 70's era) I should NOT have lived past my first twenty four hours after my birth. I'd had so many problems at birth, that they even told my father that I would *most likely not* live long enough to even make it by air to another hospital that was waiting on my for life-saving surgery, let alone make it through the surgery its self. Or the first few days after that.

But here I am standing today. Thirty four years later. Walking, talking, I have had kids (biologically), I can eat and drink independently. I am doing EVERYTHING that the doctors and "Specialists" all claimed I would *NEVER* do in my "short" life.

Most would say that it is all a miracle. I pulled off the impossible (for their time of technological and medical knowledge) and was deemed a "miracle child" that was placed in medical magazines, medical journals and dictionaries, and featured in news papers.

"Miracle" is defined by Wikipedia as this..

"A miracle is an unexpected event attributed to divine intervention. Sometimes an event is also attributed (in part) to a miracle worker, saint, or religious leader. A miracle is sometimes thought of as a perceptible interruption of the laws of nature. Others suggest that God may work with the laws of nature to perform what people perceive as miracles. Theologians say that, with divine providence, God regularly works through created nature yet is free to work without, above, or against it as well.

A miracle is often considered a fortuitous event: compare with an Act of God.

In casual usage, "miracle" may also refer to any statistically unlikely but beneficial event, (such as surviving a natural disaster), or simply a "wonderful" occurrence, regardless of likelihood, such as a birth. Other miracles might be: survival of a terminal illness, escaping a life threatening situation or 'beating the odds.' Some coincidences may be perceived to be miracles."

Now would I consider having my children as miracles? Yes, indeed. Seeing as honestly, my overall health was in jeopardy with each pregnancy (five of them that resulted in three babies). Also add in the fact that my chances were even more greatly slimmed by the fact I have a severe case of Ovarian Cystitis, mainly on one side, but both have them. So really, I should not have even gotten pregnant in the first place, let alone five times (where I lost two of them).

Would I attribute my survival to God performing a miracle? Yes... And no. God, I feel decided my overall fate (seeing as my heart stopped about four times during my 18-hour surgery as a newborn). But it was the doctors and nurses who treated me during the surgery and at birth that used all of their medical skills and knowledge to repair the damage within my body.

Do I feel that those in a career of religion (clergy, priests) have the "right" to deem/state that something that happened to a parishioner of their church outright a "miracle"? No. I feel that this kind of decision is a PERSONAL-based decision between you and God/Jesus Christ.

Do YOU believe in miracles? Why or why not?

Has something you feel is "miraculous" in your life happened? Feel free to share it.

2 comments:

Dez said...

Yes absolutely I believe in miracles. As you know, our start in life began much the same way. I was premature, was extremely sick right from the start, had to had a kidney removed shortly after birth, parents were told repeatedly that I was not going to survive. At that time in the 80's, they were not routinely testing blood donations for HIV/AIDS so a lot of babies I was in the NICU with ended up contracting AIDS. By the grace of God, I did not.
There's just too many coincidences. I was also told I would not be able to have children and if I did, both the baby and I would probably not survive. I did have to have medical intervention but I have three healthy, beautiful daughters. I don't really have any choice but to consider them miracles.
God gave the doctors and nurses the knowledge to keep me alive. I continued to have problems throughout my childhood and have some I'm dealing with now but for all intents and purposes, I'm basically healthy and functioning.

Brenda said...

You are the recipient of many very large miracle; I would say!

Yes; regardless of how one chooses to look at it; there is some unseen force and/or forces that place people in the path to help others. Sometimes, it might be as small as the many who helped over the holiday season when my vehicle put all four wheels down and refused to budge. While I was out assisting/helping others to have a better Christmas. The vehicle checked out just fine; what the problem was? Is a mystery to the mechanic, even.

Yet; while I was assisted by others; right when it was most needed. A small "miracle" to some. But one that brought me to tears.

Huge miracles such as yours; are so much better!!

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