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Just what is, a Miracle???

  • Posted on May 27, 2011 at 7:30 am

With a blog dedicated to miracles, I thought I should first define just what constitutes a miracle.

Here is what Google Dictionary returned:

mir·a·cle

noun /ˈmirikəl/
miracles, plural

  • A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency
    • – the miracle of rising from the grave
  • A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences
    • – it was a miracle that more people hadn’t been killed or injured
    • – a miracle drug
  • An amazing product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something
    • – a machine which was a miracle of design
The free dictionary lists a miracle as:

miracle [ˈmɪrəkəl]

n

1. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) an event that is contrary to the established laws of nature and attributed to a supernatural cause
2. any amazing or wonderful event
3. a person or thing that is a marvellous example of something the bridge was a miracle of engineering
4. (Performing Arts / Theatre) short for miracle play
5. (modifier)being or seeming a miracle a miracle cure

[from Latin mīrāculum, from mīrārī to wonder at]

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

My own definition would be:
Miracle – An event or circumstance that is unexpected, unexplainable, and generates a feeling of awe, wonder and gratitude.
It is with this definition that I aim to report on the miracles that I become aware of in my life and in the lives of those around me.
I would love to hear your definition for what constitutes a miracle, and invite you to post a comment with your thoughts.
With infinite love & gratitude for the experience of miracles in our lives. 🙂