Thought For The Day 12/16/12

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A Heavenly Choir Of Children

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Holiday Concert 2012

(Photo found on the Sandy Hook website)

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Think of your child; then, not as dead, but as living; not as a flower that has withered, but as one that is transplanted, and touched by a divine hand, is blooming in richer colors and sweeter shades than those of earth.
Richard Hooker

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Every heart weeps today for assaults that occurred on two continents against human kind’s most innocent and trusting citizens…..its children! Life in Newtown, Connecticut in the United States and in Chenpeng Village, Henan Province in China will never be the same. 20 children and 8 of their educators dead in the West, and 22 children and 1 educator injured in the East. Twice the pain and twice the sorrow for one world to bear in a single day! And in our schools…..a place where our safety is supposed to be as absolute as is our safety in our very own homes! In seconds, life as they know it, will never be the same. Two elementary schools, a place where we strive to build the minds of those who will lead what we pray will be a world that knows no hatred or pain or diversity…..merely one world under God, indivisible! Our world of tomorrow. A better world that it has been and better, certainly, than it was on December 14th, 2012.

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Every single one of us begs for answers….from somewhere….to help us to understand the why’s. We say to our God the same thing Samuel is told to say in 1 Samuel 3:10, “Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth.” How can we bear this heartache? But the answer we know in our hearts is that God’s will is not to be borne, but is ever to be done! We will most likely never know and while that may not satisfy, it must be enough. We must in our despair always remember His words, John 14:19 NIV, “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” And we must know that our little ones, while they may no longer be within the safety of our arms, are held safely within the arms of our Heavenly Father!

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Students

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Charlotte Bacon, age 6.

Daniel Barden, age 7.

Olivia Engel, age 6.

Josephine Gay, age 7.

Ana M Marquez-Greene, age 6.

Dylan Hockley, age 6.

Madeleine F Hsu, age 6.

Catherine V Hubbard, age 6.

Chase Kowalski , age 7.

Jesse Lewis, age 6.

James Mattioli, age 6.

Grace McDonnell, age 7.

Emilie Parker, age 6.

Jack Pinto, age 6.

Noah Pozner, age 6.

Caroline Previdi, age 6.

Jessica Rekos, age 6.

Avielle Richman, age 6.

Benjamin Wheeler, age 6.

Allison N Wyatt, age 6.

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Faculty

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Rachel Davino, age 29.

Dawn Hochsprung, age 47.

 Anne Marie Murphy, age 52.

Lauren Rousseau, age 30.

Mary Sherlach, age 56.

Victoria Soto, age 27.

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Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

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Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there. I did not die.

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Mary Elizabeth Frye

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7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7 NIV

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During this most blessed season of the year, please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations. Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about this Christmas!

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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For information, visit
or

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The Robin Hood Relief Fund

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“121212” The Concert For Sandy Relief

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Call 1-855-465- HELP (4357)

or visit

http://www.121212concert.org/

or

Twitter #121212concert

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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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