Thought For The Day 11/25/11

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An Ode To Black Friday!

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The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants.

John Andrew Holmes

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An Ode To Black Friday!

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The people crowd the entrances at Malls all over town.

To seize the choicest bargain deals, They’d gladly knock you down.

The retailers all hold their breath as shopping gets in gear.

Will Santa fill his sleigh as hoped? Or lay off more Reindeer?

There are plastic toys from China colored with suspicious paint.

Whip out your last credit card (when you see the bills, you’ll faint.)

“The children must have Christmas! ” No request will be denied.

Never mind your youngest child has just turned thirty-five.

Don’t forget a gift for you, don’t you deserve the best?

Shopping is such good therapy for the financially depressed !

John F. McCullagh

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My community is a seasonal one. Although we are a premiere beach destination for the East coast from May through October, the winter months often see our many restaurants closing for the winter and our resorts and entertainment venues laying off employees until business picks up again come the warmer weather. Even our golf courses suffer through the colder months when golfers, determined to play, travel to more southern states! And while our “local” population has steadily increased by those who want a retirement destination where they will not (usually) have to shovel snow from walkways but where there are still four seasons, our locals are not sufficient to sustain the many small businesses dotting Highway 17 from North Carolina to Georgia. And so, I want to reinforce to you all ….. and this is not just a message for my community, but is a national plea ….. do not forget to support your local small business this holiday season! We must not only keep our revenue dollars in our community coffers but thriving small business mean jobs for our local men and women. And, after all, are we not our brother’s keepers?

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But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

John 3:17 ESV

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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