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“The signs of an apostle were performed with unfailing endurance among you, including signs and wonders and miracles” (II Corinthians 12:12, Christian Standard Bible).

At one time I attended a small Bible study group with ladies from various faith backgrounds. Our viewpoints may have been different, but we all enjoyed our times of fellowship, studying the Word, and praying together. I don’t remember exactly how the subject came up, but they expressed curiosity about miracles. They had read accounts in the Bible, but what about today? Do they still happen? They said their churches didn’t really talk about this. I assured them miracles do still happen, and they happen around us more than we may realize.

Miracles Still Happen

It’s one thing to declare miracles still happen and another thing to provide actual testimonies. I decided to start collecting miracle stories to share with my friends. Whenever I heard of God’s healing or intervention, I would put the story in a file on my computer. I still have that file, and it’s still exciting to read. The stories include an empty wheelchair, an eye exam, “the bus story,” healing of a heart condition, and a healing when children prayed in Sunday school class.

All of this came to mind again this morning as I read yet another miracle story on social media. It reminded me that even in our 21st Century world, God still keeps His promises, still heals, still provides. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

I grew up with the knowledge of God’s miracle-working power because my father frequently related two special events that happened to him as a new believer. One was a story of his miraculous healing of tuberculosis. The other story was of money God placed in my dad’s hand as he lay praying in bed one night. I have since experienced my own miracles and have seen the miraculous in the lives of friends and other believers.

It is important that we don’t let the stories die. Although my father has been dead over thirty years, his stories still live in my memory. He took time to recount them to me again and again. I learned as a child that miracles are for us today. They did not stop with the early church. I still believe it!

Preserving Our Testimonies

Are you building memories of the miraculous into the lives of your children? It is important that we preserve our testimonies and pass them on to the next generation. They must learn the amazing power of God still works in our lives today.

“Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you don’t forget the things your eyes have seen and so that they don’t slip from your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren” Deuteronomy 4:9, CSB).

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the miraculous I have personally seen and heard in my life.  I never want to forget what You have done, and I want to pass it on so the next generation will know Your might power.