Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Miracles in the Making
It was another sad story in a week of sad stories. A farmer's wife lost her 31-year-old husband unexpectedly. Several friends were asking for prayers for their hospitalized loved ones. I was struggling to forgive someone for damage done to our property. By the end of the week, the bad news seemed to smother my mood like a heavy, wet blanket.
Yes, problems may seem to multiply much faster than the solutions. But, even in the midst of struggles, there are miracles to be found.
A small-town police chief saves many others from harm through his quick response to a shooting. A community bands together to honor the living and the dead. Many there have responded with "shalom justice," a way to "choose love over fear." (Click on the link for a wonderful commentary by Michele Hershberger, a professor of Bible and Ministry at Hesston College).
A group of Farmer's Wives from all over North America who know each other only through a Facebook page came together to raise more than $1,100 for one of their own. People gathered on a Saturday afternoon to help a hospitalized church member get things moved into a new home.
These are the miracles in the midst of tragedy. For me, those glimpses of light and love are the way that we are the hands and feet of Jesus in this world.
Wobbly baby calf from Kim Fritzemeier on Vimeo.