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Mystical Miracle Tour
Monday, November 16, 2015                            
          This month in honor of the 5 year anniversary of the publication of The Miracle Chase, we are taking the opportunity to share with you some of what we learned over the course of our ten-year quest. Today is the third installment in our Miracle Monday series for the month of November, a time when we are already called to be grateful for so much in our lives. And while our thanks go out to you, our readers, supporters, friends and family, our prayers go out to those in Paris and the world who are suffering.
          Here's to chasing - and finding - miracles with all of you.
Joan, Katie and Meb
          Once we open our eyes and our ears to what Willa Cather refers to as, ‘what there is about us always’, our perception is broadened to recognize that miracles abound. And yet, how do we make sense of this what is about us always?  In the physical world, mathematics has its proofs, science its theories and psychology its personality types. But how do we make sense out of miracles?

          While researching The Miracle Chase, we found miracles in cultures and religions across the globe. As we contemplated the inherent wonder within these miracle stories, we were drawn to another and far more concrete wonder: The Great Pyramid at Giza. It became a perfect visual for the types and frequency of the miracles we uncovered, a virtual Miracle Pyramid! 
  • The Solid Foundation of Coincidence supports the pyramid's broad base with those everyday miracles we all recognize. Some have used the word Celestine, others coincidence or synchronicity. Whether it’s finding a long lost treasure or the remarkable series of events that conspired to save the life of Joan’s son, these miracles tend to be personal and we are not the first to ponder whether they are God’s way of working a miracle anonymously.
  • The next stop takes us to the World of Advanced Math where the multiplication of inanimate objects seems to occur at warp speed. Whether it is loaves and fishes on a mountainside, food for Muhammad’s army or manna from heaven in the desert, stories of sustenance in time of need transcend the centuries.
  • Miracles of rescue in the nick of time are found at the Help Station located on the next level up. We marvel at the good fortune that results, instead of certain demise. Sometimes it's the sudden appearance of an angel as with Katie’s encounter with a serial killer, a serendipitous phone call that allows time to escape or maybe the avoidance of a fatal accident.
  • Oops! Detour: All journeys have detours and even the best-laid plans are waylaid for a time. This is where we find the miracles of healing that often make us sit up and take notice. "Please save…” is actually the most common miracle request made in the United States! Some are healed physically, while others find peace, not in the physical miracle they asked for, but in the miracle of acceptance. Meb’s story in transcending the life-altering abuse of her daughter by the babysitter is a perfect example, where they have made something good in the creation of the  Trustline Registry result from Liz's blinding. Healing miracles taken to the extreme are the Near Death Experiences (NDEs) seemingly being reported with increased frequency; ordinary people with remarkable versions not only of their unexpected survival, but their vivid description of where they were before returning to earthly life.
  • At the top of our pyramid, the 360 degree view is spectacular. It is here we find thunderbolt miracles (you know, the ones some people need before they acknowledge that a miracle has occurred). Whether it is the sea parting for the escaping Israelites, the fast forward motion of nature that protected Muhammad in his escape from Mecca to Medina or the Resurrection of Christ, these miracles alter the world in a significant way. 
          Sometimes, we need to be reminded that there are plenty of miracles to go around and that what matters most is that we are the only true judge of our own miracle experience, no matter where it falls. While we are aware that not all miracles are thunderbolts, we take with us the truth of Cardinal Newman’s words that, “It is far incomparably more difficult to believe the Divine Being should do one miracle and no more, than that He would do a thousand.”
Stay tuned for:
  • November 23 when we delve deeper into the unfolding nature of miracles, the Ripple Effect.
  • November 30 when we answer the first question we asked. What exactly is a miracle?
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Joan, Katie and Meb
co-authors of The Miracle Chase
It's About Faith
"Miracles are not about you, per se, but about your gift to the world… God has given you a gift so that you may share your gift with others. You're a miracle-ee."