Thought For The Day 10/16/13


FAITH…..A Mosaic!




“Life is like a giant puzzle… and people are the pieces. Without each other, we will never be able to complete it. Allow each piece… each person, to be who they are. Don’t try to mold them… change their shape or color, file down the rough edges or remove them completely. No two puzzle pieces are alike and we serve a certain purpose. We need each other… we need to work together to make life complete.”

Tighmir I Sayles


We all live on a spinning ball… of many closely related balls circling through the heavens in a perfectly timed miracle of motion. Each of the many moving bodies that share our tiny piece of the universe remain independent of, and yet wholly dependent upon, all of the rest for their very survival. Remove the moon or another of the planets that circle the sun with us, and the entire dynamic of the winds and the waters and the bedrock itself that holds the entirety of our planet together will change. Yes, life as we know it will cease to exist.


Now just as the whole of our universe is dependent on the balance of every thing in the heavens, so is the dynamic of faith wholly dependent on the millions of individual people who embrace faith’s various forms! Yes, each brings with him a unique history that had led them to this time and place in the world, which is why there is a place for every single one of us to seek out a source of comfort and nurture through a higher power that touches our very soul!


There are approximately 20 major religions worshiped by approximately 6 billion people of faith. (There are also about 1 billion people who are Atheist, Agnostic, or another of those who are categorized as irreligious.) And while the names and specific tenets of each one of these religions may be somewhat different, there is one undeniable constant…..a commonality that weaves all the world’s religions together into an amazing mosaic of Faith. Every single one devotes itself to a worship of, and love and devotion to, a power greater than ourselves.


Each one of those billions of faithful is a tiny piece of mosaic tile. Each piece is shaped a little differently. They are perhaps a different color and may even be made of a different core substance. Some of the pieces have been chipped by illness or divorce, or homelessness or any of the millions of barbs hurled at us every single day. And yes, the beautiful final masterpiece doesn’t just magically become! We may have to turn and maneuver and adjust each piece until it finds just the right place as a member of the whole! But my, oh my, the beauty of the final piece is breathtaking, indeed.


Amazingly, faith’s mosaic is never really finished. Once those of us whose time is done leave, we make room for new life to emerge into the new family of mankind. And each new life begins a new row, or border or design in our mosaic. In fact, sometimes we may find ourselves re-creating our own little part of the picture, as we grow and continue becoming. We are, after all, a work in progress in all things, especially in our faith. Consider for a moment the piece of the mosaic that were the disciples.


Again and again, the disciples, handpicked by the Son to accompany Him, to learn from Him and to carry on for Him when He was no more, exhibited little faith. Again and again they questioned and they doubted. In fact, Christ found more faith in a centurion. A ROMAN CITIZEN! The story relates a tale of the day a Roman centurion asks Christ for a miracle of healing for his servant. And when Christ offers to accompany the centurion to his home, the faith of the centurion was so great that he told Christ there was no need. You see, this man knew that a single word from the Son would heal his servant. He had FAITH….more faith than the disciples seemed to manage. And “….when Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” Matthew 8:10, NIV. A Roman citizen….a centurion….and another piece of the mosaic.


So think for a moment what the piece you bring to the beauty of this mosaic of faith will look like. Will it be symmetrical and perfect? Or will it bear a careworn ruggedness? No matter what your piece looks like now, there is always room for you to change it and present to God an enhanced and brightly colored tile of a life that celebrates His will for the life we live! If you have the courage of a centurion. And if you have faith!


“When he came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking him, and saying, “Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented.”

Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

The centurion answered, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and myservant will be healed. For I am also a man underauthority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and tell another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, “Most certainly I tell you, I haven’t found so great a faith, not even in Israel. I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 

Jesus said to thecenturion, “Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” His servant was healed in that hour. ” 

Matthew 8:5-13 KJV


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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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