Thought For The Day 11/21/13

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The Gift Of Love

Post # 979 

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Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. 

Author Unknown

http://quotegarden.com/love.html

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The day I wrote this “Thought” was a day I was feeling incredibly grateful for the man that God made just for me. Our 37th anniversary was just around the corner and it is during those moments when I am feeling so blessed, that I find my words become a bit “sappy” as I reflect on the love we share. Now some might view that as unprofessional for one who writes the way I do, but to share my heart’s desires with you it is as much a part of who I am, as is sharing the depth of my faith!

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Even today, when Dan and I are finding our strength tested as we face the wake up call that some health challenges are delivering to us, I am reminded that the shared love that unites our hearts, and the strength of our faith which joins our souls, all serves God’s purpose for our lives. And it is this absolute trust in God’s plan for my life that gives me the strength to continue moving forward even when my head tells me to run and hide!

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So here is my heart, laid bare for all to witness, shared through the words of one of the most beautiful love songs I know. And as I share it with you, I thank Dan today (and every day) for his gift of love to me!

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The Gift of Love

Written by Hal H. Hopson
Performed by Doreen Lai
Arranged by Martin Lai

Though I may speak with bravest fire,
and have the gift to all inspire,
and have not love my words are vain,
as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

Though I may give all I possess,
and striving so my love profess,
but not be given by love within,
the profit soon turns strangely thin.

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
by this we worship, and are freed.

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To view the YouTube video, click the arrow in the screen below.

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If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part  and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;  then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
 

1 Corinthians 13 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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