Ordinary Miracles

Today is the birthday of Wendell Berry, farmer, poet, philosopher, and advocate of all God’s creation.

In his extraordinary collection of essays, Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community, he wrote:

The miraculous is not extraordinary but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread.

Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances will hardly balk at the turning of water into wine – which was, after all, a very small miracle. We forget the greater and still continuing miracle by which water (with soil and sunlight) is turned into grapes.

This reminds me of the remark of the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, “The miracle is to walk the earth.”

Oh that we would recognize the miracles all around us, walk the earth with deep reverence – and give glory to God!


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