Bonus December Prompt 189: Miracle
Last week, I asked everyone to write a poem after meditating on “tradition”. This week, the word is “miracle”.
Miracles feature prominently in the origin stories of two major world holidays. With Christmas, it is both the birth of Jesus Christ from a virgin and the miracle of his survival – his family escaping to Egypt after being warned of Herod’s plan to kill all the male children under age two in the area. At the center of Hanukkah, a festival of lights, lies a miracle: after the Maccabees’ defeat of the Greeks and the reclaiming of the Temple at Jerusalem, the oil lamps in the Temple remained lit for eight days, despite burning on one day’s amount of oil.
But we also look for — and experience — miracles in our every day lives. That lottery win. That person you’ve been crushing on returning your love and affection. Unexpected money just when you need it. The healing of a loved one when all predictions were dire. You get the idea.
So, this week, meditate on the word “miracle”. What does it mean to you? Have you experienced miracles in your personal life? You could take a miracle from your religion’s/culture’s stories and examine it.
Or maybe you don’t believe in miracles. Perhaps you’re of a similar mind to Thomas Paine, who wrote “All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe”. Is the evidence for miracles faulty? Can supposedly supernatural events be attributed to common causes (e.g. Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction being the result of a volcanic eruption or an earthquake as opposed to God’s wrath)? Are we victims if wishful thinking?
Again, write in whatever direction the prompt takes you.