Thought For The Day 12/21/13

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Wise Men And Women

Post # 1009

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There is a funny saying that begins something like this….. If the Three Wise Men had been Three Wise Women:

1) They would have asked for directions before they arrived.

2) They would have arrived in time and been there to deliver the baby.

3) They would have cleaned the stable, brought practical gifts, like diapers, baby wipes and a casserole.

4) They would have managed to accomplish the greatest miracle of all… Peace on Earth!

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Now we know that this is merely a “tongue in cheek” take on the assumption that women, by their very natures, are more domestic, are better organized, intuitively know what needs doing and are willing to accept the fact that not everything in life can be accomplished without asking for a little help from both friends and strangers. However there is also something else very significant in thinking about the wisdom of the Magi….whether or not you believe them to exist in male or female form. And that is that even today, wise men and women still follow that very same baby who, once upon a time, was wrapped in swaddling clothes and who was placed in a bed of fresh hay in the manger.

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The Magi were truly wise, despite the fact that they were NOT followers of God. Still, they were able to read the signs in the heavens and apply that to what they did know of the Jewish scriptures. Yes, they knew they were seeking a King! They knew He would change the world! (Matthew 2:1-2 NIV, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”) And while they may not have known of all he would give to man one day, we do! We know and understand that this single act of God’s gift to us is our second chance. Christ’s unselfish love, became the propitiation for the sin of the world. (Colossians 2:9 NASB, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form…”)

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Oh yes, He is still hated by many just as He was hated by Herod, who actually lied to the Magi in the hopes that they would lead him to the child so that he might kill this future King and ultimate Savior. Even today, it is this same mindset, infected by Christ’s opposite, who strive to undermine the faith of Christians by speaking untruths as if they are absolutes. But just as the Magi did (Matthew 2:12 KJV, “And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.”), so must we turn our backs on those who would try to diminish our faith. BECAUSE we DO know the truth. And it is to this that we must cling to and remember as we celebrate this most important day each and every year! Yes indeed, wise men and women still seek Him out and follow His teachings!

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“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

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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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