Sunday Best – October 7, 2018

Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.

     – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It’s true, mysteries are not necessarily miracles. Sometimes a heart-shaped cloud is just a cloud, not a message from beyond. A gorgeous flower growing in an unexpected place might have been transported by squirrels and not angels.

But the reverse is true too. Have you ever really looked at a pine cone, or considered the circulation of air through your lungs, or seen one small child comfort another? There’s some awfulness in our world. But it is full of miracles too.

The leaves are turning in New England, and I have know that this is a perfectly explainable scientific phenomenon. But that does not detract one scintilla from the miracle. In fact, it amplifies.

Dear Honeybees, let’s look for spots where science reinforces spirit, and vice versa. Miracles need not be mysteries.

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