Thought For The Day 08/15/13


A Flashback


God Family Country


We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.

Author Unknown–why/8211.html


This is a repost from a “THOUGHT” I wrote  on September 11th, 2011, during the early months of my journey of faith, and exactly 10 years following the horrific events of terrorism that no one will ever forget. I have grown since then, as has my writing style, but it speaks of the moment my own family was forever changed and, by extension, our world. I hope you enjoy this flashback moment!




The vision of the cloud that darkened our sky that fateful day remains an indelible picture in my head as does the memory of the smell. But it is the cloud….grey, ominous, oppressively heavy, like a shroud, that I see when I close my eyes. And in many ways, that is exactly what it was. A shroud containing billions and billions of minute particles….jet fuels, plastics, asbestos, chemicals, nickel, lead, cement, and the hopes and dreams of almost 3000 families from NY, NJ, CT, PA and other places!


We were there, on the Staten Island waterfront, looking across at a New York City skyline that once held majestic buildings that were part of the financial and corporate empires of America and now all we saw were black plumes thousands of feet high.


I woke up every day to that scene from my college dorm room which held a breathtaking view of the skyline. I watched as night became day behind the majesty of buildings whose windows winked of unknown secrets behind glass meant to withstand all that Mother Nature could dream up. Unfortunately, the sinister dreams born in the heart of men were their undoing.


We knew we were a family member short following the attacks but we also knew that most likely, our worst fears would become a reality with the news that we had lost friends too. One young woman lost we had met only 3 weeks earlier, introduced to us by her soon-to-become father-in-law as we sat on the front “stoop” of Dan’s childhood home. Others were school friends, who shared the years of teen angst with us. Still others were the brothers and sisters of colleagues from our work place.


Our family survived, except for one….Alfred Bracca, the brother of our sister-in-law, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 101st floor of the South Tower. We had seen him 2 days before dressed in a Hawaiian print shirt and sandals as he paid his respects on the loss of Margaret, our family matriarch. We know how he spent his last minutes. He was with colleagues, heads bent, leading them in prayer as they held hands, knowing there was no hope but that which awaited them all in the Kingdom of Heaven. I think his story was probably repeated a hundred, perhaps thousands, more times that morning, whether spoken by small groups of terrified workers or unspoken but offered up by 1st responders.


If we are to learn a lesson from this, may it be that we must embrace not only every day, but every person in our lives, with a love so fierce we feel it in every pore of our being, for we can not know what God’s plan is for us from moment to moment.


I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 ESV


Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry


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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