Words of Hope: Miracle Life

A friend of mine told me she heard about my dad’s love for calling people “a miracle.” She began to do this as a substitute teacher in a Western Washington school district. She puts her name on the board and under it always writes, “You are a miracle.” She ties this to science lessons when she references the number of cells in the human body. She will greet the class with, “How are you Miracles doing today?” She tells me the kids love it and it catches them off guard.  

I love how she has found a powerful way to bring this beautiful statement into everyday interactions. I love that she engages rather than offends. Dad did this well. He increased people’s curiosity. He had genuine delight and authenticity. There was no doubt when Dad called someone a miracle, he meant it from the bottom of his heart. More importantly, Dad lived it. He listened to people like they were miracles, spoke to them and especially about them as if they lived a miracle life. He loved people better than anyone I have ever met.  

By making this decision to treat and speak about everyone as a miracle, Dad lived a miracle life.  

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalm 16:11