Friday, May 13, 2011

gratitude day 14: miracles

{photo of and by my lovely sister}

last night i saw my mother-in-law riding down the street on her new purple birthday bike. we honked and she waved, a giant windmill of a wave.

and smiled.

i watched joy spread across her face. watched her hair blown back by the wind. she was a six year-old little girl. and it stopped me short.

in that moment i saw a lifetime of sorrow, abuse, silent treatments, and crushing disappointments float away from her.

and right now, my brother steven is in my front yard, tossing a football with micah. sober. alive. heroin-free since october.

this is what i know, what i have witnessed time and again: miracles happen all the time. there is no sorrow, no injustice, no wound, no atrocity that will not be made right in due time.

and god shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. -revelations 21:4


  1. What a wonderful post. I'm so happy to hear about your brother, I've wondered how he's doing. Thanks for the reminder to cherish the little moments and see them for the miracles they are.

  2. perfectly beautiful words to start my weekend. :)

  3. your posts always manage to make me cry. but a good cry. i love miracles!

  4. That's your favorite scripture. You said that it was in Revelation when I said I just had got to it. That is a fantastic scripture. I'm almost to chapter 21. :)

    Thank you for sharing. What a beautiful post.

  5. Beautiful post & lovely scripture. Just what I needed today.

  6. As always, I find your words beautiful and inspiring.

  7. Well said Rachel. I am so proud of Steven, a miracle indeed!

  8. Your post was so profound and moving that I couldn't not comment. I don't even know what to say, I just had to tell you that it was powerful. Thank you.

  9. just re-reading this post. even more beautiful the second time. just like you.