I hear the word “miracle” quite a lot. I don’t think the word is ever used correctly. Here’s what the dictionary says that “miracle” means:
“A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.”
So a miracle has to be something that cannot be explained by natural laws. Here are some things that I think would be classified as miracles.
1) If your dog crapped out a Rolex watch. Daily.
2) If it ever rained bacon.
3) If Sarah Palin produced a coherent thought.
But the most common use of the word “miracle” is when there’s an accident or disaster where somewhere between one and one million people die and you aren’t one of them.