Thought For The Day 10/18/13

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“Hallowmas”

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It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

C. S. Lewis

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There is a day coming that is not one we associate with God. In fact, “Halloween”, a word that is really a contraction of the phrase “All Hallows’ Evening”, is generally associated with the pagan harvest festivals that were celebrated during this time of the year in Europe of Olde. But there is increasing consensus that “All Hallows’ Eve(ning)” is really the beginning of a trio of Christian feast days dedicated to remembering all of the departed faithful, including the Saints, Martyrs and other believers. The three-day Hallowmas, also known as the  Triduum of All Hallow include All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

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Now according to Wikipedia,  On All Hallows’ Eve, Christians traditionally believed that the veil between the material world and the afterlife thinned. And afraid that the living would be recognized by the angel of death or a departed loved one, people would don masks in an attempt to conceal their true identity. And it is this that has given birth to the trick-or-treating that has become commonplace in my part of the world! Another Halloween tradition includes the carving of pumpkins into fun or scary designs. And it is this that I want to focus on today.

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“Mickey-O-Lantern” 2011

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Every year it seems to become my mission to go out and choose what seems to be the perfect pumpkin. I look for one that is brightly hued, smooth and perfect for what I have planned. But look just a bit closer. On closer inspection, it’s not quite as pristine as I once thought. The surface is ridged and sometimes bumpy. It is not uniformly orange but has flecks of the greenish tint of immaturity marring its harvest color. And yes, it is even stained with the soil upon which it grew. Not perfect like I first thought but flawed and imperfect. Sounds a bit like most people we all know, don’t you think?

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Now carve around the stem, remove the top and what you find are the seeds and flesh that make up the core of the pumpkin. Yes, the pumpkin’s “innards” are slimy and gooey and ugly, exactly the same as the parts of us that are our sins and transgressions. But scoop out the seeds and stringy parts from the inside, and what is left is smooth and pure. Now carve a design on the front, insert a light inside, and what is left is a transformation from a simple pumpkin to a bright, shining and wonderful Jack-O-Lantern! It is exactly this very same thing that allowing God into our hearts does for us.

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We start out on life’s journey flawed and imperfect and all too human in out weaknesses.  Then suddenly, often before we really know what has happened, He touches us, and we will never be the same again. You see, once we choose to allow the light and love of God to enter our hearts, all of our imperfections and flaws and sins are washed away….cleansed by the promise of salvation that was a gift to us when God sent His Son to our world to die for us! And it is Christ’s death that allows us to become the holder of God’s heavenly light. And every step we take to grow that faith and every thing we do to share our faith filled heart with others, makes that light glow brighter and more beautifully. Yes, just as the light shines forth through the carving of that once imperfect pumpkin creating a magical glow, so will faith’s light shine from every fiber of our being.

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So think about something. Now that I’ve shared this with you, will you think about Halloween and the Jack-O-Lantern the same way ever again? Probably not. Isn’t it amazing how we can identify something about faith in every single thing we encounter in our world?

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“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 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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