It's A Miracle You Are Here

I seem to be surrounded by remarkable people these days! People who are beating the odds against cancer of various kinds. People who are bravely facing an uncertain future:

- a friend of my wife who has been fighting and living with cancer for many years, who recently learned that the cancer has spread;

- another friend from church who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, who was given a dim prognosis, who underwent surgery, and who is still going;

- and my brother Larry who underwent surgery for prostate cancer last week and now seems to be recovering fast. He credits both reiki and prayer for his rapid recovery.

Yesterday at my church, we had a one-day retreat for ministry leaders. The guest speaker was Fr. Greg, the pastor from my brother's church. His talk was based on this passage from scripture:

~ "Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind..." (Romans 12)

He spoke of the ordinary miracles that we overlook in our busy lives and he encouraged us to open our minds and our eyes to see the works of God that are happening all the time.

Including the miracles He is working through other people.

As he spoke, I gazed across the room at a woman who is undergoing treatment for cancer. All her hair is gone. But rather than cover it up, she chose to reveal her baldness. Her witness to suffering and faith moved me deeply.

Our speaker said: "It's a miracle that you are here today."

We all laughed, but realized that indeed there were miracles happening all around us.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, September 28, 2008

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