Thought For The Day 01/07/14

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I Will Follow HIM

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Follow-Jesus

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When Problems comes knocking at your door, don’t be afraid, just send Jesus to open the door on your behalf.

Author Unknown

http://www.searchquotes.com/search/Following_Jesus/

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A tremendous amount of controversy followed the release of the movie, “Sister Act”, released in 1992 by Touchstone Pictures, and starring Whoopie Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, and Harvey Keitel. The controversy included accusations that the script was plagiarized from a book “A Nun in the Closet”, owned by actress Donna Douglas, of “The Beverly Hillbillies” fame,   (which lost its court battle), to a second lawsuit brought forth by a nun named Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, who wrote an autobiography in 1982, “The Harlem Street Nun”, which is still pending. And of course, actress Whoopie Goldberg is credited with publicly stating that she hated and regretted making the movie series. However, whatever you may feel about the subject, the movie served to humanize the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, it was with a comedic twist, but until then, if you were a non-Catholic (and especially a non-Catholic youngster), there was, what might be best described, as a caul or veil of  mystery surrounding all things having to do Catholicism.

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As if that wasn’t enough, there was something else, perhaps even more profound, that the movie gifted to fans, and non-fans for that matter. It showed us that there was a new and vibrant way to interpret the lyrics of some rather non-religious tunes. Over and over, as the choir in the movie discovered their humanity that had been before hidden behind locked sanctuary doors, their capacity to discover a divine meaning behind “lay” words, burst forth. And by extension, their capacity to see something beautiful within the community, blossomed! And isn’t that the way it is for all of us when we embrace a faith and love filled heart?

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It is said that a faith-filled heart produces a fruit-filled life! After all, didn’t John the Baptist preach in Luke 3:7-8 NIV,  “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” What…..you thought he was speaking literally, giving advise on horticulture? Of course not! He was telling us that each of us must continue to use our gifts and talents to bring forth those whose lives are not yet touched by His word!

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So, you can understand why this movie had such a profound reaction in me! I will never again hear the song “I Will Follow Him”, recorded and made famous….the first time, anyway….by Little Peggy March in 1963, quite the same way ever again. And I wonder if, after viewing the YouTube video from the movie, “Sister Act”, if you will either!

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Lyrics:

I will follow Him
Follow Him wherever He may go,
And near Him, I always will be
For nothing can keep me away,
He is my destiny.

I will follow Him,
Ever since He touched my heart I knew,
There isn’t an ocean too deep,
A mountain so high it can keep,
Keep me away, away from His love.

I love Him, I love Him, I love Him,
And where He goes,
I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow.
he’ll always be my true love, my true love, my true love
from now until forever, forever, forever

I will follow Him,
Follow Him wherever He may go,
There isn’t an ocean too deep,
A mountain so high it can keep,
Keep me away, away from His love…

We will follow Him,
Follow Him wherever He may go,
There isn’t an ocean too deep,
A mountain so high it can keep,
Keep us away, away from His love…

I love Him
(Oh yes I love Him)
I’ll follow
(I’m gonna follow)
True love
(He’ll always be my true, true love)
Forever
(Now until forever)
I love Him, I love Him, I love Him,
And where He goes,
I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow,
He’ll always be my true love,
My true love, my true love,
From now until forever,
Forever, forever…

There isn’t an ocean too deep,
A mountain so high it can keep,
Keep me away, away from His love

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This is the ending song from the 1992 film “Sister Act”.

Performed by the Nuns Choir from St. Katherine’s convent, a fictitional convent in San Fransisco, CA.
(All of the characters shown are actresses)

Conductor: Sister Mary Clarence A.K.A Delores Van Cartier A.K.A Whoopi Goldberg.

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John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

“What should we do then?” the crowd asked.

John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”

“Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.

Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”

He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.

Luke 3:7-18 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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