Thought For The Day 07/30/12

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

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I see great things in baseball.  It’s our game – the American game.  It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism.  Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set.  Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us. 

Walt Whitman

http://www.quotegarden.com/baseball.html

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A Reminiscence!

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Peering at the sky late last Saturday afternoon I was certain my prayers were going to be either unanswered or answered with a big NO! The day was dark and dank and dreary from the moment I managed to pry my eyes open and it remained so throughout the hours leading up to the opening pitch. We were to be joined by friends at a Myrtle Beach Pelican Baseball Game honoring the men and women volunteers of the Horry County Guardian ad Litem program. And just when the oppressive humidity made us wonder if it was possible for the air to hold any more moisture, it didn’t! The heavens opened and the ensuing downpour flooded roads all up and down the Grand Strand.

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The same thing happened a couple of years ago at exactly the same time of the summer, when we were to celebrate my dad’s birthday with him throwing out the first pitch of the game. That night, after waiting out storms for 3 hours, the game was called off. And we were certain the same was in store for us this time. And I said a little prayer. Not for me. But for the children and grandchildren of all these hard-working volunteers as well as some lucky foster kids who would be attending. Dan and I have been blessed to see other baseball games in our lives but for some attending Saturday, this might just be their only chance.

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We drove to the stadium with windshield wipers operating at warp speed trying to keep up with Mother Nature’s assault. And suddenly, a glimpse of golden-colored sky peeked at me from the west. And then another, and another. My prayer was being answered as winds died down and beating rain settled down to a mere sprinkle. We took umbrellas out of the car with us but never had to open them. Because as soon as we picked up our tickets at Will Call, the rain stopped completely. By the time we found our seats, the clouds had parted and amber sunlight suddenly bathed a baseball field with its warming glow. And by game time the assault was but a whisper of a memory as little ones and their families enjoyed buckets of popped corn, hot dogs, sodas, and other treats too numerous to mention.

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Once again my God had listened to my prayer and given me His answer. And it wasn’t a prayer to see a baseball game. It was a prayer to share a wonderful experience with people who so selflessly give of their time to children whose lives are always stormy. It was a prayer that a child might just experience the wonder of catching a foul ball. It was a prayer to hear the ripple of laughter and see tiny faces awash with delight at the sight in front of them. And although I knew I might just be faced with the possibility of discovering that His answer would be no, I hoped it would not be. And it wasn’t!  And all was right with the world once more!

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Dan with Splash, the Myrtle Beach Pelican mascot!

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There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.
Ecclesiastes 2: 24
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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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