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Small miracles

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As I go through life, I occasionally encounter oddities so unexpected I think of them as small miracles. At least my interpretation is that some unseen force is at work, sending me messages of hope and faith.


After my mom died, a small yellow warbler came to our window for most of the first year, an example of the kind of messaging I mean.


Today I saw a small miracle, in a pot on the railing of the back deck. Although we have had several frosts, and although I have not planted pansies in the pot for at least three years, a little pansy plant was blooming in the pot.


I am a biologist, so I know these things can be explained away. There was a stray pansy seed in the pot. Pansies are hardy plants. The house wall was only a few centimetres away, protecting the pot from frost. I know these things but my interpretation stands. And I have only gratitude.







All my best,

Jane (a.k.a. Alexandra)

Written by jane tims

October 22, 2018 at 7:00 am

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  1. I love this piece and all the comments! I experienced a strange but affirming string of coincidences today…but I don’t think they were coincidences at all.

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    October 30, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    • What do we really understand about our daily lives? I like the small surprises life has in store for me!


      jane tims

      October 30, 2018 at 8:47 pm

  2. I prefer your interpretation, and enjoy some of those magical moments in my own life. 🙂



    October 23, 2018 at 8:39 pm

  3. Wow! That’s a great surprise! I think these occurrences can also be called, God winks.
    There is no such thing as a coincidence.



    October 22, 2018 at 11:40 pm

  4. I am totally with you there – for at least a year after my brother died, I would suddenly be surrounded by the scent of freesias, out of nowhere. I could be driving or just sitting somewhere. I asked someone once if they could smell the sudden smell in our closed car, and they could, so the scent was real. Sometimes we receive gifts from God in times of sorrow…

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    Maureen Sudlow

    October 22, 2018 at 4:50 pm

  5. Aw! I”m with you. Like you I am a biologist, but that knowledge in no way nullifies the magic and mystery of miracles.

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    October 22, 2018 at 11:32 am

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