to make his appearance
and perform his special magic tricks
– the amazing disappearing bunny;
the milk that turns into a white silk scarf;
doves from nowhere.
Tubbo pulls a foot long carrot
out of Stephanie’s ear!
but Eric has that smug look upon his face
– the smug look that can only come
from that particular sort of boy
whom you know will proclaim
with a voice shriller
than a parrot with whooping cough,
“I know how it’s done!”
of how the tricks work?
ruin the trick for everyone?
by Eric’s clarity of thought
and his ability to figure out
how the magic trick works?
is meant to entertain.
the entertainment may come
from the mystery.
will come from figuring
it out how it’s done.
his jokes and his tricks
will make the children laugh,
and bring a lot of happiness
into Jim’s birthday party.
who is of the opinion that
“magic is just lies to children”?
magic and miracles seem to go hand in hand.
and perform the same trick
– their staves become snakes
when they hit the ground.
by the fact that Moses’ snake eats all theirs.
or is it a miracle?
it is God who tells Moses
to turn his staff into a snake
for the enslaved people of Israel,
“that they may believe that the LORD,
the God of their fathers--the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob
of Israel that their deliverance
is at hand if only they will trust in God.
and a few others that Moses does,
but their ability to do so soon stops
when they fail to call down lice upon the people.
that the Israelites can see
is at hand.
between miracles and magic?
Our Lord is certainly
not a magician.
and makes a big deal of his magic.
in their performance of the same magic tricks as Moses,
but Our Lord Jesus shows
no form of showmanship whatsoever.
from the dead child’s bedroom in order
to raise the dead.
when the woman with the haemorrhage
touches His cloak and is healed.
and to no-one else about it.
to one or two people?
comes from the Latin miraculum
which literally means something
that causes wonder.
then we know that
He has power over life and death.
but possibly with modern medicine.
then we have witnessed the care
that God has for us as individuals.
to dismiss miracles all too quickly
based on our scientific method
aren’t seeking a miracle
for the sake of a miracle.
the father wants his daughter back.
to the possibility of something wonderful.
gives them their heart’s desire.
for the sake of miracles,
then we will never actually see them
because they will always be dismissed
or explained away.
to scorn for daring to raise the dead
and so they are shut out from the miracle.
and they go on their way
literally none the wiser.
when there is suffering and misery,
when our loved one lies dying,
then where are our miracles?
in the face of an oppressive,
dark, painful and miserable existence.
even by the fingertips,
through excruciating agony,
yet trusting, always trusting in Jesus,
that they find true joy.
Well, where is our Faith really?