Thought For The Day 05/23/13


thursday thoughts


People think that you have to do something huge, like go to Africa and build a school, but you can make a small change in a day. If you change Wednesday, then you change Thursday. Pretty soon it’s a week, then a month, then a year. It’s bite-size, as opposed to feeling like you have to turn your life inside out to make changes.

Hoda Kotb


You know you’re reaching deep into the bottom of the bucket for ideas to write about when you begin musing what you can manage from dissecting the day apart. You see, up to now, the only meaning that Thursday held to me was one of 2 things.

  1. It is celebrated as Thirsty Thursday at our local sports venue where beer can be had for half price.
  2. It is the day before Friday which most who work on a normal weekly calendar (including me once upon a time), celebrate the arrival of a 2 day gift to Rest & Recharge the ole batteries before returning, once more, to the grind that living our lives with a roof over our heads and food in our bellies, demands we must!

Then I began to wonder what more the day held and if there was much relevance to the day in terms of faith.


Did you know that Thursday got it’s name from Thor, the Norse God of Thunder? Yes, Thursday was Thorsdaeg, or Thor’s Day! Now, earlier in history, the Roman’s, who inhabited most of the civilized world in those days of yore, honored their god who roared and thundered, Jupiter, and honored him on “dies jovis”! But when the Germanic tribes lived and reigned where the Roman’s once dwelled, they chose to supplant their Gods, as well, hence Thorsdaeg supplanted “dies jovis”!


Now while there are definitive timelines that can be found for major Biblical events throughout history, it is difficult, if not nearly impossible, to affix any significance of the day of the week with most occurrences, because of the difficulty in reconciling the exact days, weeks and months these events actually occurred. However, there are two traditions that have attached themselves with some significance to the day Thursday in history. One has specific ties to Christianity. The other is a local holiday celebrated almost exclusively, within the United States! However, both incorporate some common ties relating to love,brotherhood, camaraderie, thankfulness and family, all of which are very much faith based in importance!


The first is referred to by various names including Holy Thursday or Maundy (meaning mandate) Thursday, which originally celebrated the Passover Seder of Christ and His Disciples on the eve of what would become his last day as a living man among men! Biblical accounts have it that the “Last Supper” was on a Thursday, and it was at this meal that Christ gave the “mandate” to his disciples to “love one another”. He washed the feet of His followers, teaching them to serve others always, before breaking the news that one of their number would betray and another deny Him before the night was over! When John asked who this would be that would be the betrayer, this was His answer. “Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.” (John 13:26 NIV). He gave bread to them all, but to Judas Iscariot, he gave the first piece! And even when Judas left the room, the others believed that their personal holder of the purse-strings was leaving to buy more bread. Of course, we all know where Judas went!


The second day of significance for Thursday is Thanksgiving. Becoming an official holiday in 1863, when President Lincoln asked that Congress decree it so, it occurs on the 3rd Thursday of November, as it has nearly every year since 1623! And while we historically view it as the day when 2 peoples united, joining together in another celebratory meal, in the hopes of fostering an everlasting treaty of peace and respect, just like we found after the meal in the Upper Room some 1600 years before, there would be both betrayal of promises made as well as a denial of the rights of a people, just as there was in Jerusalem! And while it is likely that Lincoln saw the day as more of a celebration of two Union victories during the American Civil War, Gettysburg and Vicksburg, rather than a celebration of bountiful harvests and an attempt at multi-cultural unity, we have encouraged the original intent of the day to supplant Lincoln’s!


Now I am no scholar of either History or Theology and so it is likely I may well have missed other days that were significant to Thursday. However, I feel certain that I am correct in drawing the analogy between the two that supports the tenets that our embracing faith holds to be absolute for us. And it is my hope that you might just think of your “Thirsty Thursday” in just a bit of a different way, from now on!


“Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. …

1 Chronicles 29:10-20 (ESV)


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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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