Our "miracle awareness meter" just took another uptick this weekend.
We collectively laid our hands on the head of our beloved wife and mother, Patsy, to give her a priesthood blessing so she could be strengthened during this period of uncertainty. When we were done, she commented, "What we need is a miracle."
In quick response, our son Jake and his dear wife Heidi announced, "Well, we have a miracle to announce -- we're pregnant!"
Normally, such news would not be earth-shattering to anyone, except if you don't know the circumstances. For four years they have sought and desired parenthood without success. Through it all they have demonstrated their faith and patience with the process. They have consulted doctors, adjusted diets, listened to counsel, given and received blessings, and have been bouyant and upbeat throughout their private ordeal. We all love them, and our love has grown as we have collectively added our faith to theirs. They are wonderful examples of goodness and have offered service to all they know. As they have served unselfishly, they have realized their hopes in this long-sought blessing.
I thought it was an interesting announcement coming on the heels of my most recent post, when I observed that sometimes it takes years to finally acquire the blessings we seek so earnestly. I believe that no matter what happens to us in this life, no matter how jarring and how upsetting the changes may be, that there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.
If you don't yet believe in miracles, keep believing that every day is packed with potential for a miraculous breakthrough. Each day is a gift of new life and hope.
Someone said it this way, "Don't sit around waiting for the storm to pass -- learn to dance in the rain."
President Thomas S. Monson said recently, "This is not a time for fear, rather a time of faith."
I testify that God loves us, all of us, no matter what. He really meant it when He declared, "This is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and the eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39).