Thought For The Day 01/13/13


When His Answer Is No


God's finger


Sometimes  one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates  as significant an impression by remaining silent.
Dalai  Lama


How many times have you prayed with all your might, hoping beyond hope that God would hear your prayer and answer you? Then one day passes…and another…and another, and still nothing! No answer…no hint…not even a glimmer that He ever heard your heartfelt plea! And you say to your self, “My minister says prayer is the answer. My minister says God hears all of our prayers, always! But He’s ignoring my prayer! Why don’t I matter to God? Is God even there?”


As much as we might hope for clarity, sometimes understanding why God does what He does and gives us what he gives…or doesn’t give…is confusing, even for the most devout believer. And even though we are seldom given an answer within a time frame that meets with our approval and understanding, we also tend to forget that sometimes no answer, or even an answer that is no, is still an answer! These are the times we must be content by remembering the words in Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”


In human love, we join with another and the union of the two as they become one, bears new fruit….life! But who is it that created the very first life? Who is it that designed the body we live in so that we have a heart that beats seemingly without our even causing it to happen? Who gave us a mind to think and hope and dream? And who endowed us with a spirit to believe? All of these things were envisioned and molded and given life by one whose hand greater than that of any man. Isaiah 44:24 NIV says “This is what the Lord says; your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself..” So then, why would we question the when, how or even if our prayers receive His attention? He knows what is best for us all and perhaps even more importantly, He know the things that are not good! And like any good parent guides the life and the decisions of their child, often without that child even realizing it, and usually without explanation for what it is we do, so does God do this for us. Just as we parents do not give a child all that they ask, so it is that God does not grant us all that we ask, as well!


God provides us with the clarity of mind to be able to reason most of the answers we need in order to live day to day. The rest He gives us at a time of His choosing, not ours. And only when we have done what we must to make ourselves right with Him and to live a life that honors Him by our obeying His commands to us. According to James 4:3 NIV, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” Until we are ready, we are like a petulant child….unreasonable, peevish and contemptuous. A child who insists to mom that he or she does not have to look both ways before crossing the street! But, like any good parent, we stop that child from crossing because we understand the potential for harm to befall one who acts rashly! Just as we act on our foreknowledge of what is best for our child, so He knows what it is we need and what is best for us, even before the words of our prayer escapes our lips. Think and remember the words from Isaiah 65:24 NIV: “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”


Dan Siani 1997

Dan Siani


My husband and I lost a dear friend early Thursday morning. The “other Dan” was a year older than my husband Dan, and lived and grew up on the next block in Staten Island, New York. The “other Dan” and his brothers, Mike and Tony, were childhood companions of my husband. Whether it was stick ball in the school parking lot or softball played on the fields at the “Berry Houses”just a short walk from home, nothing was beyond them as kids. The “other Dan” developed a condition that affects the blood vessels of organs. He needed a liver transplant to survive but became too ill, too quickly to be operated on, had a donor organ been available. We prayed and prayed that he be spared and healed. And God’s answer was no. We do not understand why this is… least not now. Perhaps we will never understand while we live but I am just as certain that we will understand one day, and that it will be the day we meet our friend once more because I do know he will be there to greet us when our time on earth is at an end. For now, sleep well dear friend.


We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.

Our friendship chain is broken now,
And nothing will be the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again


 “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 ESV


The first days of a brand New Year have passed, and while it may be hard to believe, there are still people living in the area devastated by Superstorm Sandy that remain without power! Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of horrific event. Please consider sending a Gift Card to the following organization. A thousand cards have been distributed since November but millions more are needed. Give as much as you can, as often as you can! Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about!


Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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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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