Thought For The Day 08/03/13

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 Anyone Can Be A Hero ! 

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“Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -it will make ripples throughout the entire pond…”  

Jessy and Bryan Matteo

http://www.beamentornow.org/ripple-effect/

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My grandson is 3 1/2 years old now, and he is at the age when he has become aware there are people who do heroic things in our world. Yes, I must admit that his heroes take the form of comic book characters, rather than flesh and blood men and women. In fact, today’s flavor of the month is Spiderman! Tomorrow? Who knows! The point is that he is seeing, and I hope emulating, the goodness of people who think and act selflessly in service to others, and who have those very same noble qualities that we admire so much and hope to adopt as our own.

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Now, in thinking about the idea of heroics, I began to think about those heroes of faith that we read about throughout the Bible. I recalled the names of those whose heroic exploits are vividly remembered…..heroes such as Noah, Abraham, Jacob and even Joseph of Nazareth, who was the earthly father of our Lord and Savior. But suddenly I realized that we are seldom told of women heroes (or heroines) in the Bible. Yes, we know about the kindness of Ruth (the Moabite woman who married an Israelite and who cared for her mother in law, Naomi). But is there a woman described in the Bible, who had neither a connection nor a reason to help, and yet, when called upon to act selflessly in behalf of another, did so with little thought of the consequences? Suddenly one name jumped out! RAHAB!

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Rahab was a woman….a prostitute, as a matter of fact….who lived (and worked) in what was considered to be an invincible city, Jericho. Now Rahab was only a woman, but she was a woman who had heard of the God of Israel, heard of the exploits of His chosen people, and knew He was worthy of making a sacrifice to. And she was called to act and protect the lives of some spies! You see, when the Jewish people, led by Joshua, finally entered Canaan after the years of wandering in the desert, Joshua dispatched spies to scout our the city where Rahab lived.

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Coming upon them in her home (some say it was an inn), where they had taken refuge as they were fleeing capture, Rahab hid the spies on her roof and lied to the King’s soldiers about their whereabouts. She then spoke with the two and promised them she would remain silent, if they would spare her household when they invaded the city. She was told to hang a scarlet cord from her window. And when the mighty walls protecting this great city fell, and the lives of every man, woman and child were offered as a sacrifice to God,  Joshua remembered this woman, spared her, and she and her family became as one with the Israelites, remaining with them all of their days!

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The heroism of this woman is remembered even today. You see, she is the namesake of ministries worldwide, that have been established with the purpose of helping women who are homeless or victimized in some way, start over and remake their lives. There is even a “RAHAB’S HOUSE” here in my community (http://www.rahabshouse.org/), that trains women who have been released from prison to help them establish their personal independence through faith in Jesus Christ. So what is Rahab’s legacy? Transforming women who know only hopelessness into empowered women of God with new hope for their futures!

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1 Then Joshua secretly sent out two spies from the Israelite camp at Acacia Grove. He instructed them, “Scout out the land on the other side of the Jordan River, especially around Jericho.” So the two men set out and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there that night.

2 But someone told the king of Jericho, “Some Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 3 So the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab: “Bring out the men who have come into your house, for they have come here to spy out the whole land.”

4 Rahab had hidden the two men, but she replied, “Yes, the men were here earlier, but I didn’t know where they were from. 5 They left the town at dusk, as the gates were about to close. I don’t know where they went. If you hurry, you can probably catch up with them.” 6 (Actually, she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them beneath bundles of flax she had laid out.) 7 So the king’s men went looking for the spies along the road leading to the shallow crossings of the Jordan River. And as soon as the king’s men had left, the gate of Jericho was shut.

8 Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. 9 “I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. 10 For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea[b] when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed.[c] 11 No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.

12 “Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that 13 when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.”

14 “We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety,” the men agreed. “If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the Lord gives us the land.”

Joshua 2:1-14 NLT

 

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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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