All I need is a Miracle

Lately, I’ve been struggling with some emotions and difficulties.  I’ve been praying and obsessing over God’s plans and my role.  I’ve wanted something to happen and have been asking God for mercy and blessings.

It has been hard during this time, but it’s also been transformative.

During a moment of difficulty, I prayed to God, all I need is a miracle.  Suddenly, the song, All I Need is a Miracle sprang into my head.  I went home and played it on YouTube.  I know the song is not about Christ, but I was singing it to Him – all I need is you (Christ).

A few days later and I could see that God had started to answer my prayer.  I was really feeling it was going to work out and all would be right.  I decided to go for a celebratory cup of coffee at Starbucks.  I hopped in my car and the song playing didn’t suit me.  I flipped the channel up one and of course, wouldn’t you know it, All I Need is a Miracle started playing.

I laughed; God was truly playing a joke with me.  I knew He thought it would be funny to put that song on the radio.

I actually didn’t know who sang the song, so when I looked at the digital display, it showed Mike and the Mechanics as the artist.  Ha!  Being a Mike, how fitting that me and the great Mechanic of the world should be singing this song.

How true in life it is, that we live with the great mechanic, who through His grace, we are fixed.  It was then that a tear of joy sprang forth.

God Bless!

Blessings in Disguise

I have a good friend that has a genetic disorder that makes walking difficult.  With age, his ailment has become worse and he must use a cane to walk now.  His walk is labored but he always wears a smile.  He has learned to live with this difficulty and although at times it does weigh on him emotionally, by and large, I know him as a good and trusted friend.

On a drive, we got to discussing about a time in his career when he was at odds with his boss.  He commented that he hated his boss and hated his work.  One morning, dreading work, he took his sweet time getting to the office.  He was in no rush to be scrutinized for any perceived shortcomings.

The sun was shining, there was a slight chill in the morning but it seemed like the day would warm.  His ailment made riding the subway difficult so on that day, he decided to take a cab.

As he got out of his cab, he looked up to see a giant hole and smoke emanating from the world trade center’s tower 1.  He got back in his cab and went home to his wife and two children.

My friend would have never made it out of that tower given his handicap and he would have been early to work if he wasn’t at odds with his boss.  The difficulty in his career was God’s plan to save him that day.

Men flew that plane into those towers on that awful day.  God saved my friend that day and Jesus saved souls.

Sometimes God is at work and we don’t know it.  Sometimes, trials have reasons that we can’t see.  I can’t explain every tragedy or hardship, but I know God loves us, he allows free will even when that free will yields sin and through that sin, God can bring about good as it did with my friend.

Do your best to let life unfold before you.  Try and make sound decisions based on the Church’s teachings.  Use your brain and conscience in life and work hard but know one thing, you are not in control and you can’t always see the Blessed Trinity hard at work.  Trust in the Lord.  God Bless!

Familiarity breeds Contempt

I have heard the statement that familiarity breeds contempt and it got me to thinking about some of my own relationships.  I have been married for over 15 years and I love my wife more today than I did when we were married.  I also have close friends in town that we will vacation with from time to time and often spend Friday nights drinking beer and eating pizza while our kids run around and play.

I do not appreciate the statement, familiarity breeds contempt.  It should be stated that if you believe that familiarity breeds contempt, you’ll never be close to anyone, and the devil would have won, isolating you from loving deeply those you know. 

We do bicker from time to time but we’re committed, all of us.  My wife and I are committed to each other.  My good friends are committed to us as we are to them.  We know we’re not perfect and we’re ok with that imperfection.

We forgive and we are forgiven. 

I prefer this expression: I love my wife and my friends, warts and all!  I even told my friends, what I cherish the most is that we’re friends, through thick and thin. 

On a deeper level, Christ calls us to love each other to the point where it hurts and He goes on to say, it will be worth it!  There is no greater love than to lay one’s life down for another.  While you don’t have to jump in front of a train for another you can do things for another for selfless reasons.  If dying for another is the highest form of love (love is good) then helping others is great. 

With your friends, spouse and those around you, tell yourself, I’m all in with this person.  No matter what, I’m going to care for this person.  Unless something drastic happens, commit!  Be there for those you care for, don’t let contempt creep in. 

Jesus states we should love God with all our heart and related to that first law is to love your neighbor.  To love God is to love your neighbor. 

I care for my wife.  Does she need a ride somewhere – I’m in.  Will I clean up around the house – I will, even knowing if I don’t, she will.  If she’s hungry, I’ll cook for her.  When she needs me, I’m there, even if it’s not easy.  If she’s sick, I will still love her and care for her.  If she needs me, I’ll be there. 

With my friends, I’m here for them.  Need a couch moved – I’ll be over.  Need someone to walk your dog while you’re away – I’m in.  Need to complain over a beer – I’m there.  If we fight over something stupid like politics, that’s ok, I still care for them.  Forgiveness is just a step away. 

Familiarity breeds contempt for those that aren’t willing to go deep for their friends and their companions.  Commit yourself for others and you’ll find that familiarity will breed a lasting and joyful life!  God Bless!