Thought For The Day 09/14/13


Superstition and Faith


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We boast our emancipation from many superstitions; but if we have broken any idols, it is through a transfer of idolatry.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Yesterday was Friday the 13th, and I didn’t really give the superstitions we associate with the day much thought as I greeted what would turn out to be a beautiful late summer day. But as the day progressed I began to toss around in my head the two words, faith and superstition… because that is the word that most identifies me, and superstition because it is the word that most identifies the day, and I knew I needed to write something about the very real connection between the two.


People of faith are often challenged a great deal by people not of faith, who are quick to remind us that our faith lacks the qualities that are required for something to be a real and viable entity. They say that something that cannot be seen with the eyes, tasted with the tongue, heard with the ears, smelled with the nose and felt with the skin, is nothing more than a superstition. And I say that they could not be more wrong! You see, a superstition is an irrational belief whose roots are to be found in ignorance. Bur faith is a rational belief whose roots are to be found in enlightenment!


Superstition gives birth to irrational fear, while faith gives birth to a very rational feeling of assurance and sense of completeness. And if I am asked how I know that God exists, my answer must be that I believe because it is what the Son has told me. And if I am asked how I know of the existence of the Son, my answer is that I have been told of Him by the letters, and memories that have been related by His earliest followers. And interestingly, despite the fact that those memories were written by different people and were recorded by them at different times and during their own journeys, they all relate stories of the teachings of their Master, that are nearly identical!


It is all of these things that serves to cement the trust that I place in the reality of my faith in God. And while some may mistrust the reality of my faith as I believe it to exist, I am just as confused by their inability to believe the very real impact that faith imparts to those who believe. And it was then that I realized that it all boils down to trust. I trust that God is there for me, while others don’t. At least not yet!


I For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? {33} It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. {34} He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights

2 Samuel 22:32-34 NIV


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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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