Thought For The Day 03/13/13


Lighting The Way!


lighting the way


“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.”

Buddhist saying


Today’s post is inspired by a book my father, a World War II veteran, received when he was fortunate enough to travel to Washington DC last fall, as part of the Honor Flight Program! The book is entitled, “Battlefields & Blessings”, by Larkin Spivey and is a collection of stories of faith and courage from World War II.

If you want more information about the Honor Flight program or if you know a World War II veteran who would like to be remembered and honored for his service by visiting our nation’s capital, please visit:

We all can’t be heroes. Some of us must stand on the curb and clap as they go by.

Will Rogers


If you ever wondered exactly how it is that one person has the power to change the course of history, I want to tell you a story. It takes place in another time, when the world was a very different place than the one we know in 2013.


It was early summer 1944. The Japanese Imperial Forces knew they needed to make a bold move if they were to regain the upper hand in the war in the Pacific. However an extensive air battle had stripped them of their naval aviators. United States Naval leaders knew that now was the time to actively seek out the Japanese fleet. However, when they were located, it was nearing sunset and to attack meant a risky return for US Navy aviators, landing in near blackness aboard ships who were ordered to turn off lights at night so that they would not become an easy target against the blackness of land meeting sky behind them!


Knowing that an effort at that moment would, perhaps, bring Japan a defeat they might not recover from, the order was given and the planes took off! And, as predicted, the successful US attack lasted into darkness and the US pilots were running low on fuel, and landing on aircraft carriers in pitch black darkness was not possible. But suddenly, the Admiral commanding the carriers made a decision. He ordered the lights be lit so the way would be illuminated for returning aircraft. Despite the fact that the fleet faced an ongoing attack from the Imperial forces, nearly every American pilot, complete with crew, successfully returned to the safety of the carrier.


It was, perhaps, the greatest victory in the Pacific and was the one single thing that turned the tide of the war. All because one man chose to light the way for others, despite the threat of harm that it posed to himself and the crew he commanded.


We all have many opportunities where we can choose to share the light of the Father with others, exactly like the Admiral did nearly 70 years ago. But there may be risks attached to our actions exactly as there were to his. The thing we must do is ask ourselves a question. Will we each be brave enough and secure enough in not just our own minds but in the strength of our faith, to do what it is we should, as God’s disciple here on Earth? Like His Apostles, will we willingly suffer ridicule (Matthew 10:24-25), will we give up tangibles (Luke 14:27), and will we live our lives willing to share our love and our inner light with others (John 13:35)?


When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12 NIV


Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry


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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