Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ordinary Miracles

Year 5 - Day 192: Today, I am grateful for the blessing of ordinary miracles. 

Today I am full of wonder at "ordinary miracles". We are in a season of weddings... so many this summer, including our son. Today, we celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. How did that happen?

Marriage marks a beginning.  Learning to love each other, honor each other's needs and live a life as one forges something amazing out of two individual lives. Marriage is a perfect commitment between two imperfect people. The challenges that arise... when tended to in love,... forge the deep roots that allow a marriage to survive the strongest winds and storms. It grows sweeter over time. 

I can't even begin to express... yes,even with all these words of mine... how grateful I am for my Randy and our life together. We fit. We love our sons and each other... and this year we added a girl to our family! Randy and I are different, but shared values and faith have made choosing love every day more of a gift than an effort. A long, well seasoned marriage is an ordinary miracle. We must remember to treat it as a treasure.

Last night... kind of late... another ordinary miracle occurred. A new life took his first breath at 10:09 pm. Elias Jerald Leander met the world. His Grandpa Todd gets to celebrate his first grandbaby. And... Grandpa and Grandma Ullrich are excited to welcome a new grandson, too. Ryan and Anna had a long, long day... and probably a short night as the little guy adjusted to his new out of the womb life...but they are living on the adrenaline of this ordinary miracle and many prayers. God is so good. 

Science can explain the laws of attraction, pregnancy and process of childbirth, but these things still hold a holy mystery that points to our Creator. There is wonder in these moments that reminds us ordinary miracles occur every day. In these moments, we find ourselves on sacred ground. First breaths, soul breaths and souls joined as one. Ordinary miracles. 

In marriage and raising children, to come together as one, as God ordained, makes all the difference. 

 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. -Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT)

Back-to-back to conquer all that is ahead with the strength of a triple braided cord.  One plus one... plus God, it is a great way to take on any lifelong adventure. 

Some days we are in warrior mode, like Ryan and Anna welcoming new life. Some days, we are reminded that we have been blessed with so many days, like anniversaries. Each day is a gift. 

Today, I am grateful for the blessing of ordinary miracles.

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