Sunday, 1 December 2013

Give thanks for the miracles...

This week we are in the middle of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Chanukah is a time when we give thanks for the miracle that kept a light burning in the Temple for eight days, long after the oil should have been used up. This year the festival has coincided with the US Thanksgiving Day, and so today's blog is all about giving thanks... and about miracles.

I would like to give thanks for all the miracles that surround me. 

I can hear what you're saying! You're saying that miracles don't happen any more, not like they did in Biblical times. Well, that all depends on your definition of a miracle.

Charlie's favourite morning activity
For me a miracle is seeing the sun glistening on white-frost grass,

...the softness of Charlie's paw as she woke me with a stroke on my cheek,

...the way that Daughter and I often have the same thoughts.

OK, so these are not major miracles to match the great stories from the Bible but they are precious. They are things that I tend to take for granted and I shouldn't. I want to keep hold of all that awe and wonder from my childhood days.

So remove your 'taking it for granted' glasses, look around you and tell me what events of awe and wonder you can see.


I got the idea for this blog post while I was reading Inger's blog this morning. She is one of those lovely bloggers who I've got to know so well through exchanging blog comments. She lives in California and her blog is called Desert Canyon Living. Thanks Inger.

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  1. Happy Chanukah to you. My miracle was the latkes turning out ok although one person remarked "latke rolling stone".

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    1. At least they were edible. My last attempt ended up in the bin! I now let Rakusens make them.

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  2. I believe that miracles do happen. I just think that people have forgotten how to notice them. I enjoyed your post. : )

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  3. Happy Chanukah, Ros - I'm assuming it's ok if I join you in lighting a candle, so cheering on these gloomy winter days.

    Last night's miracle - I sang in a concert and we all got right through the Rutter without making a single mistake!!!!!

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    1. It's more than ok! Sharing is important and no matter how many lights you take from a candle it still burns just as brightly. I bet your choir sounded amazing!

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    2. Candles are the metaphor I used to use with small children moving to new families for adoption - many of them think that love is like cake, and once its used up it's all gone. No, I said, love is like a candle and once you have just one lit you can go on to light as many as you need.

      And yes - we were amazing. Well, I loved it anyway.

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    3. What an inspiring thing to say to them. I bet they still remember that, every one of them.

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  4. I believe that miracles are all around us, we just have to quiet down a bit to see and hear. This morning in the beginning of daylight, I saw the moon against a very dark blue sky over the eastern mountains, it was just a sliver of a new moon, but you could see the rest of it too with an aura around it. And it was a miracle to me, a miracle of beauty, and a miracle that I looked out and saw it.

    Happy Chanukah and thank you for mentioning my blog.

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    1. Sounds amazing, Inger. It's that reminder to quiet down that we need. And you're very welcome for the mention.

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  5. I hope I'm not too late to say Happy Chanukah, Ros. It sounds like a beautiful celebration to me, and the notion of candles or lights being used in celebration of life's miracles is very precious. There is something holy about lighting a candle and it doesn't matter what faith you ascribe to, so I'd like to join you in this too. As for miracles, you've said it, they are around us everywhere every day. My miracle is watching the sky over the river - the way the sun breaks through the clouds, or thinking about a loved one and having them phone me the next minute. So many small miracles to wonder at.

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    1. You're not too late. It lasts for eight days and we're only on day six now so thank you. I love watching the sky over water too.

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  6. That three live people came out of me?
    Happy Chanukah! ~Miriam

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    1. That's a great one, Miriam. Hope you're having a great Chanukah.

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  7. It is important not to take things for granted, and to appreciate everything life has to offer. Thanks for reminding us Rosalind, and have a very happy Hanukkah!

    Julie

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  8. Hi Ros .. the soft touch of Charlie's paw - yes they are wonderful aren't they. So many miracles abound if we can take the time to look around, see them, feel them, hear them ... beautiful sights - the stars twinkling in the sky .. the moon waning (I think!) ... a kind word, a smile ... and Inger has a wonderful blog - love being across there to share her desert canyon. The miracle of light - that is just amazing ... even if by dawn it's clouded over!

    Happy Chanukah .. and have a peaceful week and lead up to 2014 .. Hilary

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    1. I see a common theme emerging. We need to remember to take the time to notice the miracles. Thanks, Hilary.

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  9. You're so right, Rosalind. We're surrounded by miracles (blessings) every day. Always good to be reminded to stop and take notice of them all. Happy Chanukah to you!

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  10. Miracles surround us every day.....as do angels. Sometimes we have to stop and search for them. They will always be found. xxxx

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    1. Miracles and angels. We must all remember to stop and search for them each day.

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  11. Lovely post Ros. The last few days have been very dark ones for Glasgow as we think about the lives lost in the tragic accident here. As the days go by stories will unfold about the small things that people are thankful for,the emergency services and the normal people on the street who helped strangers on that cold night here.

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    1. We've all been watching the crash on the news and our thoughts go out to all those who have been touched by this disaster in Glasgow.

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  12. Your Charlie looks just like my sweet Bailey girl. :) I agree with you, that miracles abound. Every sunrise is a miracle in itself---so beautiful! Thanks for a lovely post. Wishing you a blessed Chanukah!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Charlie seems to have a lot of look alikes in the world of cats. I have another one the same as her here too. She's called Mabel and when we first got them we couldn't tell them apart.

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  13. lovely post and good reminder. Happy Hannakah to you. Right now crunchy leaves are all around and I try to look for red ones that pop out of the pile. It's all the little things that add up. Cheers

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    1. It's often the little things that hit home, isn't it. Thanks, Joanne.

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  14. Lovely post Ros....and yes, I believe in miracles...and you're right....it's having the time to look for them....

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