Today’s Scripture – Matthew 14:13-21

Some say the age of miracles ended with the disciples. Some say miracles are stories that teach. Some say miracles are just coincidences we can’t explain. Some say miracles are real. A miracle by any other name is evidence of God’s active involvement in our lives both miraculous and otherwise. God is a “hands-on” God in our lives and in the world.

It’s clear in our study of the Bible, particularly in the New Testament, Jesus uses both example and parable to teach. Parables are a clear distinction from the accounts and examples of Jesus’ work with people. Many spend great amounts of energy to explain the miracles of the Bible as ordinary physical events not otherwise understood or that were later embellished. One might be able to argue the reality of biblical miracles but what is clear from the narrative is God’s plan to be engaged with creation – you and I. God isn’t the “great clockmaker” of the sky who wound up the universe then who sits back to watch it unwind. No, one of the great teachings of the Bible is that God is engaged with us and for us. He is active in the world and in our lives and sometimes, we’re left unable to explain it other than the word ‘miracle.’

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Outflow determines inflow.” ~Eckhart Tolle

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