Thought For The Day 09/11/13

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A Time To Sow And A Time To Reap…

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harvest

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Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The time for mourning is passed and it’s time to embrace our living, which is why I am traveling in a different direction today, despite what the date reminds us of. Yes, today it is time to think about the days of bounty and of the harvest, whose time is rapidly approaching. With the shortening days and the crisper evenings, the time for reaping is at hand and nowhere is it more evident than in my own backyard! You see, country living has always beckoned me and although I do not live on a farm, lush fields with their earth colored fruit, ready and ripe for the picking, can be found no more than a 5 minute drive from my front door. Even the stores have shed the crisp colors of summer and are dressed in fall’s reds and rusts and oranges!

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The Bible tells us that to every season is a purpose set in place by the hand of the Almighty, and the reason for all of this, when you think about it, is to teach us about the cycle of life, and how our living serves His plan for our world! You see, He is our Father throughout all the seasons of our lives!

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From the moment we emerged, wet, wiggling and crying, His breath of life into our tiny lungs was His promise that all of the wonders of our world would await our grasp. He was there the moment we picked up out first frog or caught our first fish and the spark of curiosity and a hunger for learning was lit in our mind. He walked beside us the moment we met the one who we would choose to be our partner in life’s journey, and He opened our hearts and mind to a shared love that exists as a reminder of His divine love for us all. And when the memory of what we ate for breakfast becomes hazy, and our hair turns white, still He holds us close, whispering that we need not fear our tomorrows because He will carry us through the days if we can not make the journey on our own 2 legs.

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Yes, the seasons of our lives, with all the changes those seasons bring, is perhaps the single most important absolute we are guaranteed. But that we do not travel through those moments alone, is another absolute. And while that promise is there, ready for us to reach out and grab, still, it is not a gift that is free for the taking. No, it requires that we make a conscious choice to embrace God’s promises and give Him free rein to control the journey we make.

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I once read an article written by Father Richard J Sweeny. Father Sweeny received his doctorate from the The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and he is Academic Dean of the Athenaeum of Ohio. Father Sweeny wrote the following passage as part of an article which appeared Catholic Update Newsletter. The title of his article was “How God Invites Us to Grow: Six Stages of Faith Development”. (http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac1087.asp) But of all of his words, there were two paragraphs at the end, that sums up completely, what this “stuff” of change that is our living, and the things we reap from the Almighty because of them, adds to the rich harvest that is our living!

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As we become more conscious that faith develops in stages, we also come to some practical conclusions. For example, we may need to learn patience and realize that some things are beyond our control: It may simply take a certain amount of time, and even trial-and-error, to get from one stage to another. We need to trust that God is in the often uneven process of our growth in faith. Therefore, it’s okay to feel conflict, fear and doubt or to face hard questions. This may even be our cue to reach out to others for help and guidance, which is already a sign of growth.

Finally, the stage-by-stage process of faith teaches us that change is not a bad word. It’s the stuff of human life, the meaning of conversion, the way the Kingdom comes—like the little mustard seed, becoming by grades a full-grown tree. Openness to change, to the ongoing invitation of the Spirit, may well be the gift of God we need the most.

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Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:7-9 ESV

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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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