A Miracle Is Coming: Part 1

New World UMCPastor's Blog

It is the first Sunday of Advent, a time of waiting, a time of anticipation, a time to remember miracles happen. But do they? For many, it seems that miracles are a thing of the past. Why is that? Because the way we may think about miracles leads us to believe that they are not real anymore. Unless something extraordinary happens, like parting a sea in two or curing diseases at will, many people don’t believe miracles are real anymore.

Have you experienced miracles in your life? What if you have missed them because you did not recognize them? Jesus said that God is always working and he is with him, which means God has a lot going on in the background of your life, even if you don’t feel it or see it. So, even if you are not aware of miracles, it does not mean they have not happened to you or in your life. This is particularly relevant when we ponder why some people experience miraculous events while others, equally deserving, do not. With this, my proposition to you today is that miracles do happen and have happened to us, but our challenge is that we miss God’s doing, the miracles, because we don’t know how to identify them. To talk about this, the journey of Advent lends us a powerful story to understand the nature and experiences of miracles. We are going back in time to the ancient words of the prophets, to the first whispers of a promise that would miraculously change the course of history.