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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)

TITLE: The Challenge
By Barbara Mahler
03/13/10


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What are we doing about bringing back the “wow,” in our world was the challenge he presented to the assembly. The homilist went on to speak about the things we take for granted and suggested that perhaps there is a need for renewal – that we take notice and give praise and thanks to our God for the “wows” in our world.

Spiritual reflections of this type evoke an aspiration to change. For me, this one continues to be a tremendous benefit.

While reading to groups of young children at Christmas time I used the opportunity to ask them: “What makes you say “wow?” I felt renewed as I listened to their excited responses – Christmas, birthday presents, an ice cream sundae, playing in the park, a rainbow, an allowance – to name just a few. In turn I shared with the children that they make me say “wow,” and that they truly are the hope of our world.

Recently a friend, who is soon to become a grandmother for the second time, said that her new grandson will require three separate open heart surgeries – the first of which will occur when he is only three days old. She went on to explain that he has been diagnosed (in utero) with Hypo plastic left heart syndrome – a condition in which the left ventricle does not develop. The infant’s heart will essentially be reconstructed. It seems almost miraculous that this is possible – a “wow” to say the least.

I do not believe in coincidences – rather, that the hand of God participates in our lives. Because of this we are present for many “wow” events. My grandmother-to-be friend was invited to a baby shower, and was seated next to a woman whose grandson had the exact same diagnosis. He is now five years old and doing well. “Wow!”


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AnneRene' Capp 03/18/10
I'm with you, the wows of children are "wows" in themselves.

And how wonderful that your friend met another who had already experienced what she would soon be going through herself, and with a good outcome. Again, I agree with you, no coincidence. :)
Darren Pettis03/19/10
Nothing with God is coincidence nor by accident.

The Homilist gives good instruction and edification of God's miracles.

God is WOW!

Jan Ackerson 03/20/10
Very well-done devotional.