I've watched a lot of Lifetime and Hallmark channel movies recently. In almost everyone, a miracle takes place and everyone lives happily ever after. Christmas time is the season of miracles from the baby born in Bethlehem to a fat man that drops down chimneys, a singing snowman that become real, or a red-nosed reindeer flying through the night sky dragging a present filled sleigh.
I believe each of us needs to have a something to believe in. Life can get pretty darn hard without hope. And that's what miracles are - the manifestation of hope. We hear more about miracles in December because, let's face it, that's what sells Hallmark cards and wrapping paper. But what about the everyday miracles that happen right under our noses and we hardly notice anymore. Like the sound of a baby laughing, or babies in general. Like rainbows, and singing birds, and tulips. Like new hearts in old bodies, stroke victims recovering beyond all odds and then writing a book about the experience, and cancer patients who are restored to health.
The news I got today was proof enough that miracles happen to ordinary people. And, like my favorite quote from Sue Bender, miracles happen after a lot of hard work. Earlier this year my friend, Laura, was diagnosed with lymphoma. She had large a large mass in her lungs and another behind her heart. Scary stuff. She endured several courses of chemotherapy that made her feel like crap and her hair fall out. But through it all, she believed she'd get well. She had people all over the country praying for her and lighting candles. Today, she got the news we'd all been waiting for. The cancer is gone. G-O-N-E. How's that for a miracle?
A bunch of my Internet friends and blog buddies helped me string together a chain of positive affirmations and quotes. Laura and her mom turned reading 3 a day into their daily meditation time. I'd like to thank all of you who helped with this project, who prayed and believed. What I'd like to ask you now is to keep that positive energy going. You're sure to know someone who can use a helping hand, a kind gesture, a loving thought. You just might be the medium the Great Miracle Worker in the Sky uses to change that person's life.