Thought For The Day 02/25/13

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The Time Of Singing Has Come…

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robin singing

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10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle dove
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.

Song of Solomon 2:10-13 ESV

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Song of Solomon. In my opinion, this is, perhaps, one of the most beautifully written volumes of a tale of love of any book in the Bible. And it is also perhaps one of the most obscure and, according to some experts, difficult of any of the books to really interpret and to understand. And I wonder if perhaps biblical scholars and historians are looking to uncover more meaning within the text than was the intent of the author in the first place. Why not simply appreciate the beauty of the language and words that tell a tale of a blossoming love between the one who loves us more than any mortal can love, and who will forever be in pursuit of us. Yes, the words say “Shulamite” instead of Mandy, and presumably Solomon, instead of God. However, it is a tale of more than a mortal love. It is a tale of a love which is unending and everlasting, and this is what I choose to see as I read the words. Naive and simplistic? Perhaps, but sometimes we can think things to death as we try to apply all sorts of noble and heroic interpretations of what it is we are reading! So I choose to see within these 117 verses, the shortest of any of the books of the Bible, a love story that transcends the ages. I see a love story between God and me….God and you….God and everyone!

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6 Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.”

Song of Solomon 8: 6-7 NIV

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It is now February of 2013, more than 3 months since Superstorm Sandy struck on October 29, 2012, and yet there are still people living in Staten Island that remain without the basic necessities for living that you and I take for granted. 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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