A few years ago, when I was directing the music in Primary, the theme of the month was “Jesus is a God of miracles.” I wanted a song to go with it. I scoured all the typical sources to find that song, but no luck. So I decided to write one.We often talk about the wondrous miracles of Jesus Christ — walking on the water, healing the blind, raising the dead. Even when we say the word “miracle,” that’s what we think of.
So of course, I began the first verse with the typical lyric linesAnd then I got to the chorus. What more could I say about these events - so long ago, so far away from the world we live in? How could I teach the children the relevance of these miracles to them?I planned to work on the chorus while I drove to Chicago with one of our sons. It was a 27 hour drive, and I had a lot of time to think.
Somewhere in Nebraska, it hit me. There WAS a miracle that was relevant to them! Completely and totally relevant! The miracle of the Atonement. Though we don't usually refer to the Atonement as a 'miracle,' (partly because it's SO much more than that), it is, indeed, the greatest miracle of all time.
And as soon as the idea came, the words flowed, and long before we arrived in Chicago, the song was done.There would never be a way to express everything the Atonement means in one song - or in a million of them. But in these simple words: '.the miracle that rescues me,' I hope the children begin to glimpse how personal it is. And how important. And I hope they will come to realize, as I have, that the Atonement of Jesus Christ really does rescue us - every minute of every hour of every day.Shawna#themiracle. I recently came across your song in an old copy of The Friend that one of my kids left on the floor. I was struck by the words and the timing was perfect to add it to my primary singing time lesson about the atonement.
I made used pictures from the gospel art picture kit to illustrate it as I sang and turned it into a story-song. The kids and adults loved it so much we will be adding it to our primary program this year. It’s now also a favorite for my kids at home too.Thank you for sharing your talents and for sharing the story behind the song.
Our Ward Choir sang “The Miracle” as part of our Easter program today. We don’t have Primary in our Ward, so the Choir Director had 4 of her grandchildren sing the first verse and the chorus of the children’s chorus. Then a young married woman who has a simple, sweet, clear voice sang the second verse with the children joining on the chorus. By the time the adults came in, I wasn’t sure if I could keep it together. It was a wonderful, glorious experience.
Thank you for this beautiful song about the Savior. I heard this song for the first time today in the primary program. As I listened to some of the junior primary girls sing, tears started to roll down my face.
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Christ really is a God of miracles. I have made a lot of mistakes in my life thus far and it has become really hard for me to feel the Spirit or even pray. This song struck me so hard. Because of what Christ has done for each of us, I am able to be made clean. Thank you for the hope you have restored within me. Could I possibly get the sheet music to print out? I would like to have the song around me so I can remember what it teaches me.
Thank you Shawna. I have appreciated the miraculous patience our Heavenly Father has with me as I continue to try to improve and find myself making the same mistakes repeatedly. Thank you for sharing this song with the world – I heard it as our primary did it this past year, and it was the inspiration for a former-stake-president-now-primary-chorister to work through recovery from back surgery and complications to be at his ward’s program. He managed to stand and conduct just this song.
I’d love a copy of the sheet music if you’re still offering. The Miracle has become one of my favorite songs. The Activity Day Girls in our ward are singing “The Miracle” as the closing song for our Primary Program. I will be sitting on the stand with my Primary class.
Edexcel a2 physics student book answers pdf. I don’t know how I will make it through listening to our girls sing without crying and making a spectacle of myself. Thank you for sharing your God-given gift of music with us.
Nothing touches the heart like a testimony through music can. It doesn’t matter what language you speak. The power and spirit of music speaks directly to your soul. Would love to have a copy of “The Miracle” to add to my music collection. Dear Shawna,I’m probably a little late to the game? I just learned of this song via the Facebook page for LDS Primary Choristers. I am a pianist and have accompanied several LDS Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentations.
Anyway – I read your offer of obtaining a free copy of your song, “The Miracle” and it lead me to this spot. The Atonement is very special to me and I have felt the love of both Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in rescuing myself and others from our sins. I was raised as a Latter-day Saint and grew up learning about the basics of The Atonement, but it wasn’t until more recent years that I realized that Our Savior, Jesus Christ, not only paid for our sins, but suffered all of the pains and agonies of our trials as well.
You asked for words, but words are not enough to explain the comfort and relief that comes from knowing and understanding – at least a little understanding – of what Our Savior, Jesus Christ did for all of us. My heart is full of deep love and gratitude for Jesus and Our Heavenly Father. I rely on them daily for that comfort and relief and for guidance in my life. This is a special thing that you have done – which enables testimonies to be born of Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. It’s true as King Benjamin said that we can never repay because every minute more and more blessings keep coming.
Your offer of a free copy of your song, “The Miracle” was, of course, the opportunity for me to share my testimony with you and whomever may read this. I am a private person and hold these things dear to me. Thank you for your testimony as well. Oh, yes – I would please like a copy of your song in sheet music format – “The Miracle”. Thanks again, Shawna. Isn’t music great? I love that I can play the piano.
I’m currently the Relief Society pianist in my ward.