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Everyday Magic

My new brother-in-law, Dan Barstow, has a number of distinctions: He’s born on the Fourth of July, president of the Challenger Space Education Centers, a heckuva guy, and, most importantly for today’s reflection, he’s a magician. He does amazing tricks with silver rings, even if you’re just a few feet away. He’s been wowing audiences for decades yet still manages to fit into the black robe that transforms him into Merlin. (I guess that’s a trick in itself.) But here’s some news. We’re all magicians. Every one of us is a Merlin, a Gandolph, the Kind Witch of the East—or at least we have the potential. As Jesus promised his disciples, “Everything I do, you will be able to do—and more!” What does this mean in practice? Simply that through our words, deeds, and example we can change the lives of others for better or worse. That is, we can do both black and white magic. We perform our tricks for spouses, kids, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, housemates, peers, even ourselves. Sometime our magic is as simple as keeping a promise. Or it may stem from a word spoken in or out season. Here’s an example. The summer after 7th grade a classmate threw a party. She and the other girls all knew how to dance jitterbug. That evening Linda, the hostess, taught me—a good deed which has stood me in good stead ever since. To my lifelong shame, however, I did not return the favor. Instead, I made unkind remarks to some mutual friends about her prominent aquiline nose. My words must have gotten back to her, since in fall Linda appeared with a new nose. Since then I hope I’ve been more careful in what I’ve said and done. Yet our challenge remains—to use our magical powers wisely.  

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Deborah Lynn on Monday, April 04, 2011 11:27 AM
Nice Reynold...I needed a spiritual moment today and you just gave it to me.
Reply to comment on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 8:00 PM
It is true that Jesus promised that his disciples can do what he can and even more, that is why all of us can, too. Our magical powers are keeping a promise. Some of us cannot do so, some of us will and some of us will cheat just for show. As Jesus' brothers and sisters, we should follow his lead and keep our word. It is hard now to find someone that can keep his word, that is why a lot of people have trust issues. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:20 AM
Our everyday magic is the things that God gave us in order for us to live. Two beautiful eyes that can see the wonders of the world, two amazing ears that can hear the music that gives harmony, a nose to smell the pleasant fragrances, skin to feel the goosebumps and a mouth to spread the words of the Lord. The most magical of all, is that he gives us another day. Another day to spread joy and love. Another day to keep a promise of yesterday.

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