SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Defining a miracle

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 03:05 PM.

Al Michaels' call of the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team's win over the Soviet Union will forever be remembered by his rhetorical question, "Do you believe in miracles?" A few years ago, a movie, "Miracle on Ice," was made to celebrate that special team and the place it holds in our nation's sports lore.

To answer Michaels' question, Yes, I believe in miracles, but no matter how spectacular the play or improbable the win, don't expect to see me call an athletic endeavor a miracle.

I have five nieces, two nephews, three great-nephews and two great-nieces; each of their births was a miracle.

I have watched several couples stay together a lifetime when society seems as comfortable with divorce as it does with marriage. As an old bachelor, I know that finding love is a miracle. And having a love that lasts long after that first spark of romance is, what I believe, to be a true miracle.

I have witnessed, and been a part of, the miracle of friendship. I believe it's a miracle when people walk away from hurricanes or tornadoes uninjured after the storm leveled their home.

I believe in healing miracles, but not in the way some TV preachers go about it.

I would hope that everyone, regardless of their faith or lack thereof, would consider the functioning human body just by itself a miracle.



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