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There's still space for a miracle

Life's big questions:

Do miracles happen?

Our cynical minds dismiss the possibility of divine action

WE may call it a miracle when we man­age to find a parking space in a crowded shopping centre or when our usual com­muter train runs on time. And getting a seat on the train is an even greater miracle!

But the Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines a miracle as ‘an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws, attributed to a supernatural agency’. Centuries ago, it was easier for people to believe in miracles. They did not know or understand everyday life in scientific ways. Whatever they saw, they believed it to have come from God or to have some religious significance.

Although our cynical modern minds tend to downgrade or even dismiss the possibil­ity of divine action, there are some things that will forever remain a real miracle.

To a new parent, a baby is a miracle. Seeing their child grow and develop, take its first tottering steps and explore the world around them gives a parent hope for the future.

The sight of a plant or a tree coming to life and bursting into colour after a long hard winter is another sign that God hasn’t given up on his creation.

Miraculous advances in modern medi­cine mean that prosthetic fingers and limbs can perform the most delicate of tasks and allow some who have been badly injured to compete in world athletics events.

The miracles that Jesus performed were not for his own comfort or glory.

He chose not to turn stones into bread when he was hungry in the desert (see Matthew 4:2–4) or bring himself down from his cross to end the pain of his crucifixion (see Matthew 27:42, 43). Rather, when he did perform a miracle it showed God’s power and compassion in action for people in need – and their lives were changed.

Miracles are still happening today.

Lives are still being changed by God’s power. When someone decides to accept his presence in their life, God has the abil­ity to change that life. Even the seemingly most pointless and sad existence can be transformed into one of purpose and joy.

Now that’s a real miracle!

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