“It’s a miracle,” my ninety-one year old mother told me over the phone from her bed in ICU.  “You have a miracle mother.  I have a miracle surgeon, and we have a miracle family!” she exclaimed.  Her voice was filled with joy and amazement.  She had made it through laproscopic surgery to remove a cancerous tumor with an ulcer on it located at the end of her small intestine where it joins the large intestine.  It was truely a miracle.  At 97 pounds and anemic, we weren’t sure what would happen.  But the miracle did happen with the help of loving prayers and light sent from family and friends along with a skilled surgeon and his team members.  Our gratitude abounds.

For our family, this was, indeed, a miracle.  We chose the best option of the two presented with no assurance that all would end well for her, for us.  How many of us have been faced with decisions to be made that have no clear outcome?  “What is the best option?” we ask.   How many of us have had to sit nervously, waiting for the answer or the outcome of our decision?  It is an uncomfortable time for sure and difficult to continue with our daily routines and work.  Life is turned upside down.  What gets us through these kind of challenges?

Some of us need to move our nervousness out of our bodies:  run, dance, walk.  Some of us shed tears.  Some of us use the breath or hand gestures (mudras) to calm us.  Some of us need to talk to a friend, counselor, or minister.  Some of us meditate.  Some of us pray.  Some of us sit on a rock at the ocean’s edge and watch the tide roll in.  Some of us read poetry or write it.  Some of us need to do more than one technique to ease the discomforts we feel.  There are as many ways to handle the nervous energy of waiting for results, for changes, for the news, as there are individuals in the world.  Each of us has our own personal preference(s) for how to release this nervous energy.  (If you don’t, look at the list above.)  It’s important that we recognize that release needs to happen and then do what works best for us.  Get it out of our bodies.

It seems to me that what we do after the miracle is as important, if not more important, than what we do as we wait in the hope of a miracle.  Giving gratitude comes to my mind:  gratitude for the outcome that was uncertain for awhile,  gratitude for the chance to try again, gratitude for the opportunity to live a bit longer, or more time to spend with a loved one.  Taking the time to express our gratitude in our own way is honoring the assistance, both physical and non-physical, that brought us the gift of the miracle.   It’s like putting the finishing touches on a gift, fastening the ribbon, making it complete.

I currently have the opportunity to see the results of my mother’s miracle every day.  She has been blessed.  Our family has been blessed.  The miracle goes on . . . .  and I am grateful.

In gratitude,



2 Responses to “It’s a Miracle!”

  • Rosemary says:

    this picture of your Mom radiates such joy and happiness……You must be smiling when you see this……..
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful blog……..

  • Sandy says:

    Yes, I sure do, Rosemary! I’m glad to know she radiates her joy and happiness. Thanks for your thoughts!

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