Thursday, May 22, 2003

Let me say something about that word: miracles. For too long it's been used to characterize things or events that, though pleasant, are entirely normal. Peeping chicks at Easter time, spring generally, a clear sunrise after an overcast week -- a miracle, people say, as if they've been educated from greeting cards. I'm sorry, but nope. Such things are worth our notice every day of the week, but to call them miracles evaporates the strength of the word.

Real miracles bother people, like strange sudden pains unknown in medical literature. It's true: They rebut every rule all we good citizens take comfort in. Lazarus obeying orders and climbing up out of the grave -- now there's a miracle, and you can bet it upset a lot of folks who were standing around at the time. When a person dies, the earth is generally unwilling to cough him back up. A miracle contradicts the will of the earth.
I just started Peace Like a River and on page 3 find these paragraphs. I'm pretty sure the earth doesn't have a "will" per se, but I think I generally agree with him that miracles are not the commonplace, though the "common miracle" (for lack of a better term) should be noted and cause for rejoicing. What do you all think?

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