Thought For The Day 11/05/12

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Semper Fi

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Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it’s one day further from the last time you saw each other, it’s one day closer to the next time you will. 

Author Unknown

http://www.quotegarden.com/deploy-home.html

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As some of you know, I am recovering from a bacterial bug that decided to invade my sinus’, my ears and my eyes. I am on antibiotics and I am feeling better but not quite well enough to be particularly creative, so today I am going to share something with you that was written by a Marine, Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert, to his dad. For those who take the time to read it, you’ll see a letter he wrote to his dad at the bottom. It is a post that makes you truly thankful for not only the Marines, but All of our troops. And it is his wish that this poem….indeed this entire post….be shared with as many people as possible, worldwide. So I ask you who are reading this on Facebook to share this blog on your individual pages and for you others who are reading it directly from the WordPress site, please copy and paste it into an email and send it to everyone you know! It is also a very timely piece in that Veterans Day is exactly one week from today!

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THE MARINE

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We all came together,

Both young and old
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.

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In the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect our country
From all terror around..

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Peace and not war,
Is what some people say.
But I’ll give my life,
So you can live the American way.

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I give you the right
To talk of your peace.
To stand in your groups,
And protest in our streets.

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But still I fight on,
I don’t bitch, I don’t whine.
I’m just one of the people
Who is doing your time.

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I’m harder than nails,
Stronger than any machine.
I’m the immortal soldier,
I’m a U..S. MARINE!

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So stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you,
With the protests they’ve shown.

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Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young.
So they all may have,
The greatest freedom you’ve won.

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Fight for the sick,
Fight for the poor.
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next door.

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But when your time comes,
Do what I’ve done.
For if you stand up for freedom,
You’ll stand when the fight’s done

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By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert

US Marine Corps

USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF

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July 23

Hey Dad,

Do me a favor and label this ‘The Marine’ and send it to everybody on your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the US and Canada and The World. I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart to feel it. So can you please send this for me? I would but my email time isn’t that long and I don’t have much time anyway.

You know what Dad? I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what JFK said in his inaugural speech.’When the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not cower from this responsibility. I welcome it.’ Well, now I know. And I do.

Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I do. Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you very much. I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing,I will be coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.

Aaron

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FREEDOM isn’t FREE
Someone pays for you and me.

God bless you, God bless all our service members here and abroad, and God bless America!

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 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought nearby the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Ephesians 2:13-14,17 NIV

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations.

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The American Red Cross

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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry

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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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