Thought For The Day 11/16/13


An Amazing Tapestry Of Faith

Post # 974



The Nativity of Our Savior

From the collection of Tapestries found in St John’s Co-Cathedral, Malta.


Destiny itself is like a wonderful wide tapestry in which every thread is guided by an unspeakably tender hand, placed beside another thread and held and carried by a hundred others. 

Rainer Maria Rilke


This was the first “Thought” I shared that was noticed by a friend outside of the realm of the select group of fairly like-minded people on Facebook and in prayer groups, who share the same passion and depth of faith that I had been discovering. She was also the very first person that I shared where God was leading me, from among Dan’s and my group of lifelong friends. Interestingly, writing fairly anonymously to people that I didn’t know intimately well was a whole lot easier than it was to open up to someone who knew me when my warts were showing! Yes indeed, when God whispered into my ear, he was whispering into an ear of one who had long dwelled in that “hospital for sinners”!


Well, the earth did not swallow me up, as had been my fear when I decided to talk with her, and we remain as closely tied today as when we first met, way back in the early 70’s. And while we only see each other perhaps once or twice a year these days, isn’t it wonderful to have a friendship with someone so that the moment you reconnect, it feels like you were never apart…almost like the exact same feeling you get when you put on your coziest and softest pajamas?


Even though this “Thought” was written just 10 days after my first stumbling effort that I shared with you yesterday, the faith that I am now being more open about in this post is deeper and richer and more defined than it was on that first day. But that is exactly what faith does for us, isn’t it? It so often sneaks in the back door and before we even realize that it’s there, it begins weaving its magic on out hearts and our minds! And oh, what an exquisite tapestry it creates!


Thought For The Day 04/03/11

Since I am a person who was born during the “baby boomer” years, many of my views about life may have been formed by my parents during the 50’s  but they were most definitely shaped by the politics and social mores of the “Age of Aquarius”.  And even to this day, my feelings play a constant tug-of-war concerning most of the controversial issues facing us in today’s society. If I knew what the solution was to some of the ethical and moral dilemmas facing humankind, I would certainly be a wealthy woman. Fortunately for all of us, religion has grown and changed and adapted as the various nations and cultures  have  grown and changed and adapted in our ever evolving world. Thank you Pastor Linebarger for reminding me that today there is a place for everyone who desires to join the fellowship of a congregation within any of the thousands of religious sects worldwide. And while the names and tenets may be different, there is one undeniable constant…..a commonality that weaves all the world’s religions together into an amazing tapestry of Faith…..worship of, and love and devotion to, a power greater than ourselves. For me that power is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For me, my moral code is shaped by my belief in The Ten Commandments. For me, I know that my soul is destined to join all my loved ones who have passed before me in Heaven because God loved me so much that He gave his only son to die for my sins. There may be a lot of things I don’t understand well or feel certain about in today’s world, but God’s unwavering love for me isn’t one of them!


I will make an exception with tomorrow’s “throw-back”. As I have been choosing on God’s day each week, to share a Gospel reading for the day, I will continue with that tomorrow, and we will begin our journey into the days of “yesteryear” once more, on Monday!


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23 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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