Thought For The Day 01/25/13

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Are We Still On The Eve Of Destruction?

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The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

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This morning Dan and I were on our way to the courthouse to participate in proceedings for the at-risk children we advocate for, when suddenly, on the radio, I heard Barry McGuire’s song “The Eve of Destruction”. Suddenly, I was struck by the thought that even though this song was recorded and made popular in 1965, there are very few things about this song’s message that have changed in the almost 50 years since! Our fears about the unpredictability of man, especially when he seems to need to exert power and authority over others, above all else, seems to be the same today as it was in 1965. In fact, they’re the same fears man had in 1915 and 1776 and 1 BC!
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This fact was made crystal clear to me just the other night when I felt the same lump in my throat as I did when I was a kid going through the evacuation drill that required us to exit the school bus through the emergency doors and then to climb under the same bus and to, hopefully, some measure of safety against the threat the United States was facing as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Well, my 21st century throat lump came in the form of a CNN breaking news alert the other night about the North Korean government threatening to continue to test fire missiles, despite censure from the United Nations Security Council.
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Now I probably would have heard and reacted to this news differently, if North Korea were a country open to negotiations and a communal dialogue of sorts. In fact, I most likely would not have given the news a second thought. But history supports that we see the threat posed by the leaders of this nation, in a different light, and I am given pause to wonder why it is that one person, or a nation of people, find it not just necessary, but almost a moral imperative, to act in a manner that elicits fear in others! But lets take this idea one step farther and consider something else. Even among the world’s many faiths, we are seeing a time of the breakdown of our communications one with the other. Are we, indeed, abandoning interfaith dialogue in the 21st century? Is it “The Eve of Destruction” for faith?
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Consider for a moment what the term “interfaith dialogue” means. When we seek a dialogue within our family dynamic, do we not embark on discussions with a goal of effecting constructive and positive interaction with those we love? Do we not hope to strengthen the bonds of both love and trust by being receptive to new thoughts and ideas introduced in a positive spirit? Well, it means exactly the same thing whether we are seeking to open up the lines of communication within the family, or between nations, or even between differing faiths. It does not seek to change the existing dynamic of belief but instead, seeks to open the mind to the possibilities that new ideas might somehow infuse into the current level of thought!
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I am a Christian! I say this fact loud and proud! You see, it is through my acceptance and belief that Christ died for me and my sins that directs my heart and shapes the tenets of faith that I hold dear and by which I live my life. And it is this belief, my Christian belief, that colors my personal portrait of God and of my faith. It is what gives my portrait its vibrancy and primary colors as I add all if the shapes and forms and brush strokes that come from my life experiences. But now I want you to think about how I add some dimension to my portrait. I add some new and different hues and shades of color that come from learning about and understanding other parts of faith such as God’s early directives to mankind involving the Hebrew peoples. Now suddenly, my portrait of faith becomes even more brightly colored and vibrant and alive. Next add some of the ideals and thoughts of the esoteric religions to the mix, and now my brush strokes capture the beauty that is to be found in light and shadows intermixed with all of the other colors. Add the unique components of all of the other faiths that live in the hearts of man, and what results in a masterpiece of breathtaking beauty that captures the best parts of our humanity!
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I am not asking any person reading this today to necessarily alter any part of what they hold to be true in their hearts. What I do ask is that we all try to see beyond the part of each of us that is skin deep.What I ask is that we ask our questions and be receptive to the answers those questions elicit because it is God’s wish that we grow to be complete people…physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually! What I ask is that we each try to consider the impact our actions have on others, and that we try to discover some way we might assuage those fears through interfaith and intercultural dialogue with others. What I ask is that we work collectively as a race of human beings to look to a world on the horizon of wonder and not a world on the eve of destruction!

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11(NLT)

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Well, it is now 2013, and while it may be hard for you to believe, there are still people living in the area devastated by Superstorm Sandy back on October 29th, 2012, that remain without essential services that you and I are taking for granted today! Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of this horrific storm. Lives will continue be impacted for years to come. But you can help! Please consider sending a Gift Card to the organization listed below. Thousands of 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!

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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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