Advent Devotion – Day 11

Dear Summerfielders,

Miracle. It is a word we hear at this time of year a lot. “A Christmas Miracle” Two Christmas movies come immediately to my mind, “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Pocket Full of Miracles”. Then there is the hockey movie too. Have you experienced a miracle? I know I have. They are not just the land of fiction. However, there are two Christmas movie scenes that never fail to bring tears to my eyes.

One is from the newer version of “Miracle on 34th Street”. It is where everyone in the city is holding up their signs that say “We Believe” Kris Kringle’s attorney has asked the judge if we collectively put our faith in God to the extent that we put the phrase “in God we trust” on our US minted currency, can’t we have faith that Santa Clause exists and exists in the person of Kris Kringle. And so New York City’s response is to proclaim their belief.

The second is the opening scene in the old Christmas movie with Jimmy Stewart in which he decides the town would be better off without him. If you remember, the movie begins with pictures of the stars in heaven and lots of spoken prayers for Jimmy Stewart’s character. It is God’s response to all those prayers that bring Jimmy Stewart to understand that “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

So where is my guiding star here? For lack of an ability to put a finer point on it, it is us, the collective. These are both examples of many people faithing together to bring about a miracle. When we believe, pray, support, encourage, make meals, hold hands, find gloves, or do any of the other millions of things that make a difference in another persons life, we make miracles happen. Be the change, be the miracles. I said before I have experienced miracles. Some of them have been because of the collective of God’s people all hearing God’s will and responding. You, us. We are shining stars because together God uses us to make miracles.


Pastor Jennifer