“There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein
being present to everyday miracles.
I no longer believe in “sacred vs. secular.” Every moment is holy and sacred, we are the ones who have believed otherwise…
Something stands out in my mind from 2006-2007, a time in our lives when we enjoyed pregnancy, the celebration of birth and life, and then the grief of losing our son, Noah Steven Graves, at only 7 months of age. Our daughter was 4 at the time and needed her parents. Noah was an infant, sick and dying in the hospital, also needing the love of his parents…and a miracle.
And, Jason and I were a married couple, best friends, still needing one another in those roles, in spite of our painful reality.
It took a lot of juggling, but while Jason was at the hospital with Noah, I’d be with our daughter, snuggling, reading, playing, soaking her in and pouring into her. And then, at the hospital, spooned close to my baby connected to life support and foreign tubes, I would pull in close, talk to him, kiss every part of him, whisper the prayers of my heart, breathing in his smell, knowing I would forever have one foot in Eternity and one on Earth.
Then, in the moments Jason and I were able to stop talking medical lingo or the finality of life, we’d hold hands and remind each other we were in this together, holding one another, knowing if we do this hand in hand, we could do anything because of God’s grace.
And so, it’s in those memories of hospital life where I learned the importance of INTENTION, living in the here and now, treasuring the people around me, soaking in the little things, celebrating what the world would call mundane but what is truly sacred, holy, beautiful, and always a glimpse of God’s unconditional love.
INTENTION is being present to everyday miracles.