It depends on how badly you want it.
This journal is dedicated to one special person; The person who is ready to give up. The person whose is on the verge of renouncing their Faith, turning their back on what they believed in. The person who is willing to forsake happiness for the sake of easing that lingering pain. The person who is tired, and weary, and hurt...This is for you.
If you don't think this is for you, then read it anyway. And if you're just about fed up with hearing me talk; then this is definitely for you.
Now that I have you're attention, ask yourself; "If you could overcome any obstacle, conquer every mountain and vally, take back something, anything you've ever lost, what would you be willing to do for it?" Now I know what you must be thinking; "Oh boy, another condescending so called Christian with a Messiah complex spreading their save-all propaganda. Oh joy "
Well, frankly, that's pretty much it. I wouldn't have cast myself in such a pious light however, but if the glove fits and all that. For those still interested, please continue reading. For those not, I insist</b> you continue reading.
So, now that you're sufficiently hooked, Why should you care? Miracles, really? What is this, an add for the next HBO and LifeTime chick flick? In that case, lets break down what exactly a "Miracle" is, shall we? Don't worry, there's a pont ta all'a this. I promise.
The first thing you should know is that a Miracle is made up of three parts. (More religious symbolism....Whoo...)
A "Miracle" is the Evidence of Purpose. It encourages Faith through Signs.
A "Miracle" is a Demonstration of Power. It proves Faith through Wonders.
A "Miracle" is an Act of Compassion. It explains the Meaning of Faith through Power.
Now, as I'm afraid you're more than likely lost, let me give you an example;
Long story short; Jesus was ministering at the residence of a friend, and attracted so many people that the entire house, the doorway, and the yard was too crowded for anyone to easilly get in, or out of the house. Not a big deal really, except for two things: First, at this point in time, it's safe to say the Bible was only composed of the Old Testament, and Jesus still manged to draw a crowd. Which is suprising considering he wasn't doing anything the Pharisees, Sadducces, Prophets, priests, rabbi and other assorted ministers before him hadn't been doing for the past hundreds of thousands of years. But he had such a measure of authority when he spoke, not as the Son of God, but as a man well versed in Scripture, that he still attracted a crowd.
On the other side of town, there was a parapalegic (well, technically it's paralytic, but you get the idea) man being carried by four of his friends to where Jesus was staying so that he could be healed, so you can imagine his distress when he gets chauffered half-way accross town only to find that his only means of restoration are booked. his friends however do not loose hope, and, upon finding a conveniently placed ladder on propped up against the side of the house, proceed to climb it, and once they have made it onto the roof, proceeded to tear a hole in the thatchwork and lower him down.
Now, one would think that the Son of God, the Savior of mankind, the Messiah and etc, would be at least a little perturbed as to why someone would vandalize a house just to hear him preach; instead, Jesus, pretty much verbatim is recorded as such; "And upon seeing their Faith, Jesus said; "Son, your sins are forgiven."
Upon saying this, several elders of the community begin conversing amongst themselves as to how a man can have the audacity to forgive someone else's sins, and Jesus retorts with a simple question; "Which is easier to say; "Be healed" or get up off of your mat and go home?" after which, he tell the paralytic man to get up off his mat and go home. To everyone's astonishment, the paralytic man got up, walked out the door, and went home.
With that abridged annotation out of the way, allow me to makes sense of it.
WILL FINISH LATER