Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Miracle Update

Are Miracles Essential to Religion? was a popular post. Thanks to Rebecca for this link to Peter Mayer's Holy Now.

This would be a good song for worship. Here is a
link to the lyrics.

Check out Peter Mayer's webpage.

When I was a boy, each week
On Sunday, we would go to church
And pay attention to the priest
And he would read the Holy Word.
And consecrate the holy bread
And everyone would kneel and bow
Today the only difference is
Everything is holy now.

Everything, everything, Everything is holy now . . .


  1. I was going to make a copy of this song for you, but Rebecca beat me to it! It is a great song. I read two things from it:
    first, that our society has popularized the concept of miracles until it is meaningless. The perfect example being the "miracle of birth". How miraculous can something be when every single living organism is capable of it in some way? If a woman without a uterus somehow carried a child to term, that would indeed be a miracle. Or, dare I say it, a virgin birth. Birth may be wonderful, exciing, fascinating, something to put in the books, and so on, but it is not a miracle.

    Some think every tree and every leaf and every blade of grass is a miracle. No two snowflakes are alike, they say. What a miracle! Prove it.

    People express their awe at "miracles" every day. "It was a miracle I was stopped in traffic or I would have been on that bridge when it collapsed". Frankly, such talk makes miracles seem rather mundane. "Oh, it was no big thing - just your average, run-of-the-mill miracle."

    When Mayer sings about the real miracle being "that we're even here at all", I take it as him saying that it is a miracle we have not yet destroyed ourselves and our planet. That we have managed to survive in spite of ourselves is indeed, a miracle.

    If you live in Atlanta, water IS holy right now. In the Lavant water has been holy for decades, and is a major factor in the ongoing holy war between Arab and Jew. They don't care as much about the Holy Grail as about the Water it can hold.

    Peter's song is spot-on. He sings of walking with a reverent air - revere what we have in front of us, call it holy, and treat it as such. That will be our miracle.

  2. But, hasn't the church always taught that everything is holy. It doesn't seem to me that this is a new concept. Of course, maybe it all depends what we mean by "holy."

    God is immanent in the creation. We need to respect everything He's made.

  3. Wonderful.

    I see the biblical miracles as, in part, reminders that everything *is* holy. As Grace says--it's all made by God and God is always doing things with it. But I can also see how you and many others have a wonderful appreciation of holiness without the belief in miracles.

    A lot of the time I think attempts to 'debunk' miracles are based in the belief that *nothing* is holy.