Thought For the Day 06/27/13

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We Are A Beautiful Mosaic 

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melting pot

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We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. 

Jimmy Carter

http://thinkexist.com/quotation/we_become_not_a_melting_pot_but_a_beautiful/325232.html

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I am very blessed to have children who chose mates that I grew to love. And while I may not have always liked some of the things they have done, nor do I always agree 100% with everything they choose to do, I have learned to respect the diversity of ideas they brought to our family. And while my daughter’s marriage has known more than its share of stresses, mostly due to the fact that her spouse grew up not knowing what it takes to be a part of a family, and therefore, has had difficulty forging the bonds necessary to do what was needed to hold up his end of the promises made, that he loves my daughter and my grandson I have no doubt nor do I doubt that he has grown to love Dan and me, as well. On the other hand, my son’s wife brings a rich cultural heritage to our family. Melissa is a first generation American, the youngest child of parents who emigrated to the United States from Cuba, and who truly embody “the American dream”. (And, I might add, you haven’t really partied until you’ve combined a room full of Italians and Cubans, good food, great music and an open bar….it was truly an unforgettable wedding day!)

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I just love that word, diversity, for it truly is our differences that lend character to the people of the land of my birth…the land I call home…the United States. It was our differences way back when, that brought us to the shores of this new world in the 1400’s, forever changing the face of civilization on mother Earth, and it is those same differences that drives us to want to achieve the very best we can in today’s world….not only in ourselves but in what we expect from each other, as well. For all the terrible things that face our communities today, there is an underlying spirit of unity among us that is strong and unyielding, and which binds us all together, like a finely tempered steel. I call that spirit LOVE, and so does God, as we read in Colossians 3:14 NIV, which says it so beautifully. “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

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I am an American. I am particularly proud of the society that we have created here that assures me that the freedoms I hold dear will always be my fundamental right. And I will always keep my end of the bargain….I will be a good citizen. But whether or not this is your country of citizenship, our responsibilities remain essentially the same!  We must make sure that our voice is heard by the powers that be in our countries by embracing our right to help to choose the type of government and its representatives that embody the ideals and beliefs that we hold as sacrosanct. We must support those institutions that are so essential to the well oiled machine that comprise our communities, such as police, fire and emergency services. We must contribute to the betterment of our nations by volunteering and by helping others. We must financially support the institutions of learning so vital for the children of our nations who will be our leaders of tomorrow. And we MUST all offer thanks to God and ask that He continue to watch over our families, our communities, our countries and our world and that He continue to provide us with the wisdom to be vigilant caretakers of each and every single thing I have mentioned! After all, this is the only world we have….at least for now. And as we care for this tiny center of our universe, we must never forget remember the words told to us in Acts 20:35 ESV, “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

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 “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ..”

Ephesians 4:11-13 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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