Thought For The Day 11/08/13


More Fun Facts Of Faith





I think there’s a difference between ditzy and dumb. Dumb is just not knowing. Ditzy is having the courage to ask!

Jessica Simpson


One of my all time favorite television characters was Rhoda (Morgenstern), played by Valerie Harper. She was flashy, spunky, ditzy, slightly overweight (something that she perseverated about and which became a comedic counterbalance to the perky and perfect Mary (Richards), played by Mary Tyler Moore. And I wanted to enter Rhoda into my search engine to see how Ms. Harper’s health battle with Lung Cancer was doing. Well, lo and behold, who do I find as I am looking through the pages of names Rhoda? Another Rhoda and another fun fact of faith! (It never fails to amaze me how God directs my posts here!!!) You see, there was a teenaged girl named Rhoda who was also a bit of a “ditz” (just like the one from TV), who met quite an important man whose name was Peter.


The time was likely between 60 and 70 AD.  Herod had already martyred James, and Peter was imprisoned, and was probably going to be next to die at the order of the tyrant. In fact, Herod’s intention was to bring Peter before the people for condemnation after Passover had been observed.


Herod, determined to keep Peter under lock and key, chained him between two soldiers, and placed many others in and around the prison. However, God sent an angel who freed him from his chains, lead him outside, and then left him alone to make his way to safety. At first confused, Peter then decided to go to the large home of Mary (the mother of John Mark and one of the women who was a witness to Christ’s empty tomb), where he expected to find friends praying for him. You see, this was a place where many Christians could gather and worship and pray together!


Upon reaching Mary’s home, Peter knocked on the door. Rhoda, who was Mary’s teenaged servant, went to the door and looked through the grille. Seeing Peter, Rhoda became so excited that she ran to her mistress, forgetting to let the escaped Peter come into the safety of the dwelling! She cried out that Peter was at the door, but the assemblage thought she was addled, insisting that Peter was in prison, protected by Herod’s soldiers! All the time she was insisting to the worshipers that Peter was there, he continued banging on the door. Finally Rhoda lead some of the group to the door, and Peter was finally able to gain admittance to the relative safety of Mary’s home (although after eating, and at his suggestion, the group divided and went their own way, thinking that Herod would be sending troops to hunt for and recapture him)!


Now Herod, unable to understand how this escape could have happened, slew the guards who were responsible for keeping Peter prisoner. However, not long after, Herod dressed in his finery, sat on his throne and gave an impassioned speech, that some said was a speech of a god. Suddenly, God….the one true God….sent an angel to Herod who struck and killed him for his blasphemy!


Now you understand why I referred to Rhoda as being a ditz. But then think about the rest who were in the room, who failed to believe her story about Peter. And when we really think about it, isn’t that one of man’s biggest faults? If our faith is not validated by positive proof, we often stray from the path the God is asking that we travel! But I ask that you remember doubting Thomas, and remember what Christ’s words were to him in John 20:29 NIV. “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Can you say you believe because of what your faith tells you is true, and not only what your eyes see, your nose smells, your skin touches and your ears hear?


“Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”

“You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”

But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.”

Acts 12:13-17 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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