Thought For The Day 06/28/13

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Our Fundamental Right

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Fundamental-Rights

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Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Oh, Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky

But until that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin

“Porgy and Bess”
1935

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It’s summertime and for some folks the living is, indeed easy. But for most of us, winter, spring, summer or fall, our trials often seem to be the only thing that carries us through the seasons of our lives! I know that while some evenings, our dinner conversation is lighthearted and easy and as buoyant as those fish jumping from the pond and landing neatly into the frying pan in preparation for the divine moment when aroma and flavor merge to assuage the rumbles in our tummies! But more often than not, our conversations outline troubling workdays and frustrations with the systems that seem to sometimes hold us hostage and keep us mired in unhappy lives, instead of lives that are fulfilled and productive and satisfying. And perhaps I am looking at my history through rose colored glasses, but there are so many components to our living in the 21st century that seem to be a direct dichotomy to the way life was in this world 50 years ago, which makes me wonder something. How has the landscape of faith changed over the last half century?

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The greatest changes that seem obvious to me is that religion has become an increasingly polarizing platform. Gone are the days when nearly everyone you knew attended church every Sunday or Synagogue every Saturday. Today, faith is divided into two polar opposites with those middle of the road religious moderates disappearing with the same rapidity as is the disappearance of the honeybee! And I suspect that the reasons are twofold, but with both sides centered around the influences that culture and politics played during the 60’s. Yes, I well remember the 60’s, when sexual freedoms seemed to burst forth at the same moment that opinions about the way all of the the decisions that were made by our leaders in government came under fire by a generation who had been taught that to speak out and to take a stand was not just a fundamental right but almost a moral imperative! And yet, despite the days where religion was seen with a jaded eyes, there remained the counterbalance of those who were drawn to rebirth in faith and God. Yes, it was also an era of being “born again”! You see, for every nay that was shouted at religious denominations, most of them learned to roll with the punches, redefining the way they elected to promote their message to the common man. For example, think about the decision to change the Catholic Mass from Latin into English, and even the popularity of the rock musicals “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”, to name just two.

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I guess there remains one absolute in the ever evolving landscape. Religion was, and always will be, adept at evolving. And, quite frankly, it is this fluidity that keeps it alive and vibrant and just as important and impactful to society today, as it ever was. Yes, it has been altered over the years, just a tad, exactly the same way we have altered our hemlines over the years from the mini’s of the 60’s to the maxi’s of the 70’s to the midi’s of the 90’s! But, as long as we are willing to invest a little sweat equity in the search, we will always find a place that seems to be the ideal fit for how we choose to practice the myriad of faiths that the world’s more sophisticated cultures have guaranteed as being our fundamental right! Assuming, that is, that we know what it is we hope God will deliver into our lives! And might that be something we find described in 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”? Or perhaps, it is this. from Titus 2:12 ESV, ” “Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age..”! Or how about, Acts 1:8 ESV, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”?

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Romans 15:13 ESV

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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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