Thought For The Day 12/29/11


A Story of Faith

Ben Breedlove

Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me.

The Carriage held but just ourselves

And Immortality.

Emily Dickinson

The following story is not mine in that I did not write it nor did I know of this young man until his life force had been extinguished. But I know a mother’s heart and as such, I know the feeling this young man’s tribute left within the heart of the woman who bore him. This is, indeed, a love story unlike most and serves to prove to us all the miracle and the power that is the faith one can hold in the heart and the soul. Please view both videos. I promise you that witnessing the words of this extraordinary young man may change forever, the fear some of you may feel, about the finality death brings to us when it knocks at our door!
Austin teen’s parting message inspires untold numbers online

By Mary Ann Roser


Austin teenager Ben Breedlove died on Christmas but not before leaving his  loved ones a cherished gift that quickly became an Internet sensation.

Breedlove, who was 18 when he succumbed to a lifelong heart condition, loved  making funny videos and had his own  channel on YouTube in which he gave girls advice about boys. True to  form, his  final message is a video .

His loved ones found it hours after he had an apparent cardiac arrest at home.  In it, Breedlove talks about cheating death three times and describes a vision that he had when his heart stopped earlier this month and his desire to stay in that peaceful place.

Watching the two-part video Breedlove made days before he died, “I can’t  tell you the kind of joy” it brought, said his mother, Deanne  Breedlove. “It was a gift to us, and for him to be so confident and  unafraid of death and to share it with other people was so touching.”

Breedlove is shown holding up written note cards rather than speaking about  his close calls with death. The video was featured Tuesday on a variety of  websites, including the Huffington Post, and on Facebook and Twitter. Many  wrote they were tearful and inspired.

“I am going to achieve my dreams for you, Ben. I will,” one  commenter wrote.

“And I’m not going to fear anything or let fear get in the way of  anything now.”

A follower on his YouTube channel, “OurAdvice4You,” thanked him for  his help: “Ben, I never personally met you but I watched your videos  and … remember … thinking, ‘Whoever ends up with him will be the  luckiest girl on Earth.'”

In his last video, Breedlove recounts the vision he had previously described  to his family and friends when he “cheated death the third time,”  on Dec. 6. He had a cardiac arrest at Westlake High School, where he was a  senior.

While he was being revived, he saw himself with his favorite rapper, Kid Cudi,  and the two were wearing suits.

“The first thing I thought was, Damn, we look good!'” he recounted. “I  then looked at myself in the mirror. I was proud of myself, of my entire  life, of everything I have done. It was the best feeling. I didn’t want to  leave that place.”

The rap artist wrote on his blog Monday that he was in tears after seeing the  video.

Best friend Grant Hamill said he didn’t know of the video until after his  friend had died. Breedlove had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of  the heart muscle that makes it work harder.

“It was rough seeing him and what he was thinking about,” Hamill  said. “He hated the hospital and being constrained. We didn’t talk  about it. He wanted me to be just his friend.”

Breedlove enjoyed wakeboarding, playing guitar and drumming. He hunted with an  adult family friend, Mark Kohler, who called him funny, smart and “an  old soul.”

He used YouTube to influence his peers, said Kohler’s wife, Pam. “Obviously,  he knew what he was doing when he left this message,” she said.

Breedlove’s mother said she was grateful for the goodness it had inspired. “Ben  himself was full of joy,” she said, “and to be his parent was a  huge blessing.”

He also is survived by his father, Shawn; a sister, Ally; and a brother, Jake.


Part 1


Part 2


“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

John 14:1-4


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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