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I Believe in Miracles

Friday, 15 March, 2019 - 9:59 am


Have you ever experienced one? Think back on your day, to the moment when you first opened your eyes. Wasn’t that itself a miracle? How about your mobility, hearing, cognition? Are these things that ‘just happen,’ or are they Divine gifts that should make our hearts swell with gratitude?
How about the loved ones in your life? Are they anything less than a miracle?
It’s often just a matter of perspective. Every life takes twists and turns. Every day, some things will go right and some things won’t. The important question is: Which takes up more space in our eyes? The good or the not-so-good?

When I genuinely appreciate the good, it helps me see my journey – in its totality - as a blessing.
Once I see I see my life as a gift, the aggravating bumps take on a different, more manageable, context. They become lessons, exercises in self-betterment, tests of character.
(I don’t mean to diminish the pain of our individual problems; on the contrary, I pray that G-d give us all tranquility and revealed good. But – until then – we need to find a productive way to deal with our obstacles).
This is the powerful lesson of Purim, the Holiday which we’ll celebrate this coming Wednesday evening and Thursday.
We have Holidays like Passover, which celebrates the open miracles we experienced in the course of our Exodus from Egypt. In our lives, that corresponds to the ‘over the top’ moments of good fortune we may experience in the course of our days.

But those are the ‘Passover’ moments in life.

Purim is different.
There is no blockbuster miracle to celebrate. No supernatural event.

In the Purim narrative, life just seems to turn out right. We – one could say – simply had the right person (Queen Esther) in the right place (the palace) at the right time (when Haman’s evil plan was being fomented).

But that’s not how the Jews saw it. When things turned out right, they had the vision to see it as a miracle.

And Purim was born. 
In the scope of your life, the ‘Passover miracles’ will probably be few and far between. Most of your life will be like today, a ‘regular’ day with nothing ‘special’ to celebrate. Unless you choose to celebrate ‘natural miracles.’ Because, rest assured if you’re reading this, you’ve had some ‘miracles’ today. 
Purim teaches us that every day’s a Holiday.
Time to celebrate!

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