“Do your part and trust God to do the rest.”
Ever the perfectionist, this sentiment from our winter staff retreat with Lori Stanley, executive director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality, stuck with me.
I’d been feeling guilty about my piddly efforts to prepare my son Jack to experience the miracle of Christmas. Our Advent has not been profound in the liturgical sense; it has been filled with the wonder and hustle and bustle of Christmas with a four-year-old.
“Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.”
The night after the retreat, as I tucked my son into bed, he asked me about the cross bracelet Lori had gifted to each of us. It was a tiny invitation to talk more about God, and Jesus, and most importantly, how thoroughly God loves him and all of us. It might have been a stalling tactic on my son’s part, but it felt like a profound moment—a tiny miracle and an opportunity to nudge him towards the beautiful words of Col 3:12-14:
“Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.”
I often find myself expectantly waiting on God to perform miracles as done for Abraham and Sarah, and I often get down on myself for not performing miracles of my own when the world is in need of so many. As much as I know that I am not God, that voice of white supremacy culture seeps in, “It must be perfect to have value.”
As I enter into 2024, I pray that it is with this reminder that, like Abram, God is with me. I just need to keep showing up and opening the doors that God keeps nudging open. I need to keep witnessing these everyday tiny miracles.
“The world will be solved by millions of small things.”
Kim Coleman is the Integrated Marketing Director for the Ignatian Solidarity Network.