Thought For The Day 06/15/13

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Our Tomorrows

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Whether it’s making sure that families have access to quality health care and child care, or making sure that our children receive the best educational opportunities we can give them, we must remain committed to these needs because our children are our future.

Blanche Lincoln

http://www.searchquotes.com/search/Children_Are_Our_Future/

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An 11 year old American, born and bred boy, sang our national anthem on back-to-back nights at the NBA finals. Sebastian De La Cruz’s dad served in the United States Navy, for goodness sake. About as All-American as you can get, short of topping the whole thing up with a slice of Apple Pie and a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and a cherry on top! Living an All-American dream you would think……right? Wrong! About a millisecond later, those whose hearts hold hatred and bigoted sensibilities, began the attack. “9 out of 10 chance that kid was an illegal” was but one of thousands upon thousands of tweets that nearly paralyzed Tweet-land in the aftermath of what was an extraordinary performance! And you want to know something? This kid let it roll right off his back! He and others like him are our future and all because they are being reared to see and appreciate the best in others by people who can, if not see, then at least DREAM of the same thing! These children ARE our future…all singing a song that simply resonates with the promise of hope for ALL of our tomorrows!

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This is the reason we have been working tirelessly on our 2nd annual golfing event, Hitting It For Heroes, which takes place tomorrow. We do it to celebrate children here in our community. They are kids who may not have yet born witness to life’s joys, but because of our Guardian ad Litem program, which places a volunteer advocate with a child who has been identified as at risk by the courts because of abuse and neglect allegations, might just get the same wish! We who serve as those advocates want these children to always know they matter. We want these children to break the cycle of poverty and despair. Because they ARE our future! We want to end the finger-pointing by dark hearted people and create a color blind world where any thing is possible and a child can reach as high as their dreams can carry them! Which is why our faith teaches us to see life as a child does, if we are to enter the kingdom of heaven. It’s there, in black and white, again and again! Luke 18:17 ESV, is but one! Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And Mark 10:13-16 ESV is another. And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

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Landon 05 2013

Landon Hilliard

May 2013

This is a promise Sebastian knows well. So does my grandson, Landon. So will every child in my community, as long as there is breath in my body! Because having the promise of tomorrow matters to me! It should matter to you too! So ask yourself one thing; “What can I do to make the promise of tomorrow a reality today?”

Sebastian

Sebastian De La Cruz

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But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?”

Matthew 21:15-16 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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