By AMANDA GREENE
This week’s Viewpoints comes on the heels of the miraculous holy days of Easter, Passover and Orthodox Easter.
Jesus’ resurrection and the parting of the Red Sea are just two of the miracles in the accounts of this holy season.
So how do you explain the miraculous stories of your faith to your children or to children you teach?
Here is how our writers responded:
I would tell children that miracles show us more of God’s wonderful reality – more than we at first see with our eyes. Better than we could ever expect. When we stop listening to fear, and instead listen to and have confidence in his plan, things that we might before have called miracles become every day events.
Wonderful things happen when we think, or pray, this way. Red Seas part for us to find safety from danger. Sickness disappears as it did for the nobleman’s son and the little girl raised to life in the Bible by Jesus. Jesus and others showed us these wonderful things, and told us to “Go and do likewise.” Many people are finding that God’s plan and goodness – taking place every day all around us – are not miraculous but perfectly normal.
When my children were small, they experienced healings when we asked for God’s reality to be revealed through prayer. They had healings of a misshapen bone, hearing loss and double vision when we prayed this way. How much God loves us! That’s the point of miracles. They show us God is Love. Miracles can be more and more natural every day.
I interviewed my daughter, Jaclynn, about her view of miracles and their meaning.
Q: What is your favorite miracle story in the Bible?
A: One of Jaclynn’s favorite stories is Daniel and the lion’s den. She said it is because no matter what happened to Daniel, he believed in God and knew God would save him and therefore always kept his faith.
Q: Do you think it is truly a miracle or something that is natural to happen for those who put their trust in God?
A: Jaclynn thinks God’s power is available to anyone and isn’t limited to just believers. She says God loves everyone and a person who has faith as small as a mustard seed can ask for God’s help. So, believing does have a part but it doesn’t require a lot.
Q: Have you ever experienced what might be considered a miracle?
A: Yes. Jaclynn told me a story I wasn’t aware of until now. She said while at camp she was riding a horse, and she was thrown off the horse and hit her head on a rock. She went and talked with someone who also believed in healing based on what they read in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. They prayed for about 30 minutes, and the pain completely left her, and her head was perfectly normal. This was quite a while ago, and she has been to a doctor since then.
What are your thoughts?
Amanda Greene: 910-520-3958 or on Twitter@WilmFAVS