Thought For The Day 04/22/13

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There But For The Grace Of God

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There Because Of The Grace Of God?

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The Grace of God

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“The growth of grace is like the polishing of metals. There is first an opaque surface; by and by you see a spark darting out, then a strong light; till at length it sends back a perfect image of the sun that shines upon it.”

Edward Payson
(1783-1827)

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There but for the grace of God….. How often have we said this phrase when realizing that we might have been a hair’s breadth away from experiencing some calamitous event in our lives? Yes, we were lucky…..or were we? Perhaps there was some divine intervention at play in keeping us safe and our feet on the straight and narrow……at least for now. But what about the next time? Will we be as fortunate?

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Most of us can never hope to understand all the dynamics that come into play and have the potential to affect our lives as we live each moment any more than we can directly cause the changing of the elements on Saturn! But what we can do is try to live the best lives as the best people it is humanly possible to be and that means treating others, whether we know them or not with fairness and all the respect we can manage. Sometimes that can be a challenge, especially if we are upset or feeling helpless, especially during a time of crisis. But then remember that this is the time we need to rally the troops around us not divide ourselves from others through our behavior, whether that is what we intended, or not! That is the moral of a story I’m going to share with you all today.  It is another one from “Godvine”, and its message is one that should be taken to heart, and lived!

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There but for the grace of God…..Or there because of the grace of God?

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A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call A.S.A.P., changed his clothes and went directly to the surgery suite. He found the boy’s father pacing back and forth in the hall, as he was waiting for the surgeon to arrive. Upon seeing him, the father yelled angrily, “Why did it take you all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”

The doctor smiled and said, “I am sorry. I wasn’t in the hospital and I came the fastest I could after receiving the call… And now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work!”

“Calm down? What if your son was in this room right now? Would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??” said the father angrily.

The doctor smiled again and replied: “I will say what Job said in the Holy Book “From dust we came and to dust we return, blessed be the name of God”. Doctors can not prolong lives. Go, say a prayer, and intercede for your son. We will do our best by God’s grace, here in the operating room.”

“Giving advice when we’re not concerned is so easy,” murmured the father.

The surgery took some hours after which the doctor exited happily, “Thank goodness! Your son is saved!” Without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running. “If you have any questions, ask the nurse!!”

“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t even wait a few minutes so that I might ask about my son’s state,” commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.

The nurse answered, tears coming down her face: “His son died yesterday in an automobile accident. He was at the funeral when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left, running, to finish burying his son.”

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“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
1 Peter 5:10 NIV

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “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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