Friday, October 2, 2015

Ordinary Miracles

In one of my favorite hymns, we find these words:

Come, Thou fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace.

- Robert Robinson

Such a beautiful prayer! I love these thoughts from Christian singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb:
I'd never play a song with an out of tune guitar, but so often (too often) I am willing to live with a heart that is out of tune. Dissonant. Fearful. Discontent. Ashamed. All because I don't take the time to restore my heart to its rightful place, to a place of gratitude for a Love that will never leave me.
As I've contemplated what it means to tune my heart to better understand and more fully experience God's grace in my daily life, I've come to realize that learning to see is one of the keys. In a young adult novel I read earlier this year, one character learns from her grandmother, "You have to see the miracles for there to be miracles." Wow!

A number of years ago I fell in love with the work of Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan. Her song "Ordinary Miracles," which is on the soundtrack to the film Charlotte's Web, is one of just a handful of songs I have downloaded to my iPhone for frequent listening. Among the lyrics are these:
The sky knows when it's time to snow
Don't need to teach a seed to grow
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Isn't it remarkable
Like every time a raindrop falls
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Do you want to see a miracle?

Sun comes up and shines so bright
And disappears again at night
It's just another ordinary miracle today

It seems so exceptional
The things just work out after all
It's just another ordinary miracle today
"Do you want to see a miracle?" Yes. Yes, I do.

Holcomb, Ellie. "'Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing'." She Reads Truth, November 11, 2014.
Nelson, Jandy. I'll Give You the Sun. Dial Books, 2014.
"Ordinary Miracle" in "Lyric Lounge." Sarah McLachlan.

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