Thought For The Day 10/24/13

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As Light Is To Darkness

So Is Good To Evil

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Light-and-Darkness

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Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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I was thinking today about obscurity. Now when I thought of the word in relation to faith, I was thinking of it in terms of those whose name we might not know despite the fact that they may have contributed in some way, great or small, to God’s plan for his flock.  For example, do you know the name Abishag, who was a young and beautiful virgin who was brought into the bed chamber of an old King David to keep him warm at night? (1 Kings 1:1-2 NIV, “When King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. So his attendants said to him, “Let us look for a young virgin to serve the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm.”). Or how about the name Korah, a man who became angry at God (but took his anger out at Moses) when it was determined that the holder of the title and honor of Priest be limited to the descendants of Aaron? Not content with the duties he was assigned, he organized an uprising against Moses, which must have irked God, because God opened up the earth, swallowing up Korah, the insurgents and all of their families! (Numbers 16:31-33 NIV, “As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.”).

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Anyway, as part of “fleshing out” this idea to write about, I wanted to make sure I really knew the definition of obscurity, and while I am correct in my assumption that to be obscure is the quality of being unknown, I had forgotten that it also means the absence of light. And suddenly I realized that when we do not know God or hold faith within, while we may well have a physical presence here on earth, we live in the darkness of our own making simply because the light of God is absent from our lives!  You see, as light is to darkness, so is God (and good) to Satan (and evil).

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No matter what we may think, our path in this world is one that wades through darkness unless our spiritual light is kindled by our faith. And while the light is given to every person who is born into the world, it does not remain aflame unless we work to keep its embers hot. As we seek to live lives that honor God’s commands, those embers are given the fuel they need to keep us safe from the darkness of sin that is Satan’s delight, and all too often, the downfall of man!

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So can you keep your spiritual light ablaze in a world where darkness is so pervasive? It’s not hard. All we need do is turn our hearts over in love to the Father. You see, there is nothing that Satan fears more that love and light…..and the power of the Almighty!

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“The light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

John 1:15 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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