Have Miracles Ceased?

I like to read a Christmas-based novel aloud to the kids this time of year.  We've read in the past, A Christmas Carol, The Family Under the Bridge and The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens.  This year I have chosen, Miracles on Maple Hill.  

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In honor of this book (and from a suggestion sent by my mother) we created our own Miracle Jar for the month.  Each night before family prayers we are to write on a slip of paper one miracle, blessing or things we're grateful for from that day and place it in the jar.  On Christmas Eve we will empty the jar and read of the Lord's hand in our lives throughout the month. 

In his address during the First Presidency Christmas Devotional, President Uchtdorf asked of us this question, "Are we gracious receivers?"  We think so much about giving at this time of year; this is good!  But I loved this reminder to be gracious receivers, to be thankful for the blessings given and to remember the greatest gift (and miracle) given by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

Mormon 9:9-11, 15-20
For do we not read that God is the asame byesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no cvariableness neither shadow of changing?  And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles....
 But behold, I will show unto you a God of amiracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same bGod who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.  And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do ano miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.  Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes? Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous aworks of God?  Who shall say that it was not a miracle that by his aword the heaven and the earth should be; and by the power of his word man was bcreated of the cdust of the earth; and by the power of his word have miracles been wrought.   And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mightyamiracles? And there were many bmighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.  And if there were amiracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he bchangeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.  And the reason why he ceaseth to do amiracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should btrust.


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