Thought For The Day 07/17/13

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The Great Divide

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children of color

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“THESE YET TO BE UNITED STATES”

by Maya Angelou

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Tremors of your network
cause kings to disappear.
Your open mouth in anger
makes nations bow in fear.

Your bombs can change the seasons,
obliterate the spring.
What more do you long for ?
Why are you suffering ?

You control the human lives
in Rome and Timbuktu.
Lonely nomads wandering
owe Telstar to you.

Seas shift at your bidding,
your mushrooms fill the sky.
Why are you unhappy ?
Why do your children cry ?

They kneel alone in terror
with dread in every glance.
Their nights [“rights” ] are threatened daily
by a grim inheritance.

You dwell in whitened castles
with deep and poisoned moats
and cannot hear the curses
which fill your children’s throats.

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It is 2013. It is 150 years since the land that I love engaged in hostilities that pitted brother against brother over certain inalienable rights which our fore fathers guaranteed in language used to define our country. And yet, today, the battle over issue related to skin pigmentation continues to shout to the world, how little we here have not just learned, but also choose to hold within our hearts, in all these years. Yes, like it or not, and for right or wrong, depending on your personal perspective, faith and God’s directive to love one another, seems to be colored by color! When did we forget Luke 10:27, “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”? YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF!

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A Newsweek poll conducted in 2012, sums it up clearly in its headline, “A Newsweek Poll Shows Americans Still Divided Over Race”. (a) And while this poll looked at many differing issues related to race, including both politics and those same news-worthy events that most of us here have seen 24/7 in recent days, the bottom line seems to be that, while a war was fought and won, and rights and freedoms were extended to all individuals the live here, regardless of skin pigmentation, little has changed in all of these years. Simply look at the violence that occurred at Wal-Mart just 2 nights ago in California!

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Racism and bigotry is not an innate trait that man is born with. It is LEARNED! And this means that it starts with you and me…..ALL OF US, in the hospital delivery room! And ignoring the problem, or worse, NOT teaching tolerance to our little ones, does not make it disappear nor does it promote racial harmony. So how do we heal our nation’s widening racial divide and build those bridges among the races, and by extension, between faiths and cultures?

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We ride a perpetual “See-Saw” as we are charged with teaching children that we are all created equal. You see, we must do so but at the same time, we must prepare our children for the harsh reality that not everyone they will meet will hold this same belief! This is why we must teach each child that it is within their capacity to each become an agent for social change in our world! And yes, that means opening the gate, and bringing the issue of race to the table from an early age. Now if we listen closely enough, the question about this will come to us first. There will be that first moment when our children come to us, curious as to why this or that friend looks different.

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Friends, if we have difficulty with this conversation, know that the problem is ours, and ours alone! We will be guilty of fostering complacency and worse, intolerance! Perhaps this will make it clearer! Civil Rights is not simply an “African American” issue. Gender Equality is not simply a “woman’s” issue. Gay Rights is not only a “gay/lesbian” issue. Each and every one of these examples of intolerance is a blow to every one of us, where ever we live, who stand for five little words… “Liberty and Justice For All”

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(a) http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/08/a-newsweek-poll-show-americans-still-divided-over-race.html

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“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:36-40 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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