"We are Wise to Acknowledge Miracles"

Hiker Rescue in our Neighborhood, December 21, 2010
In the News
The past week has delivered news of heart-rending tragedies. It hurts to read the paper when citizens are being shot at neighborhood gatherings and children are being beaten to death. Inevitably, though, stories rise through the reportage of courageous people doing brave things in the face of danger. Sometimes we read of kind people extending grace to others who’ve been harmed by evil.
Consider the horrific massacre in Tucson on January 8.
Bystanders, including a man who ran from the safety of a store to the scene, disarmed the shooter. A woman wrestled a magazine from his hand as he attempted to reload his weapon.
Doctors treating Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the presumed target of the attack and the most severely injured of the survivors, feel that her rate of recovery surpasses what they can attribute to their skill as doctors. Added one of them, “We are wise to acknowledge miracles.”
Meanwhile in Denver, a two-year-old lay dying from a horrible beating. A commercial airline pilot held a flight at LAX so the child’s grandfather, in Los Angeles on business, could return to his family before the little boy died. In these days of tight, complex flight schedules at major airports, holding a flight is a very big deal.
God doesn’t promise us a way around the valleys of shadows; He does promise to guide us through them. I see His promise fulfilled in my fellow humans’ acts of bravery and kindness, and yes, in miracles.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Psalm 23:4-6 (NASB)