Thought For The Day 01/15/14


Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Post 1035



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I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.

Dwight D. Eisenhower


Is there anyone reading this post that can’t state with an absolute certainty that living a peaceful existence in a peaceful world isn’t about the highest thing on their list of priorities these days? Now I know there are probably a thousand of other things that rank right up there, but when we really sit down and give it some concentrated thought, living a life of peaceful coexistence in the world is the thing that allows many of the rest of the problems that plague us every day to be, if not solved, at least put into a manageable state.


Whether we are considering countries at war or families where anger and  discord have managed to become firmly rooted, I defy anyone reading this, no matter the relationship (whether intimately connected or merely a casual connection), to say that they do not seek a peaceful coexistence with others! But do we really know how to reach those ends to a peaceful means? How do we manage to get people to see beyond those surface scratches that mar the character of most of us, and work toward relationships that are not just mutually satisfying but mutually productive as well?


People of faith understand that, written into the very language of the tenets that define our belief system is one absolute that is indisputable. Our faith requires that we love God and our neighbors and pray for our enemies. We know that all of human kind are the children of God, whether they ascribe to the same set of beliefs as we do, or not. It is how we, as thinking and intelligent individuals with a conscience, see ourselves, no matter what we believe in, or even who we believe in. And so we pray and ask for His divine hand in aiding us in this endeavor. And yet, sometimes peace graces our lives and sometimes it doesn’t. But it is the true and dedicated effort we each make to reach these ends that is, in my opinion, what is being asked of each of us by God, and the thing that will be judged when God calls us to him at our day of reckoning. Yes, we each will be judge by the degree with which we lived lives as people of faith living our lives with a heart dedicated to peacemaking.


Interestingly, if we are asked, I bet there are few of us who could name more than a hand full of men and women who are well known peacemakers in our world. And it is a sad commentary of human nature that we can probably name more tyrants that those who dedicate their lives to brokering a peaceful co-existence. So I wanted to introduce you to the names and faces of some of those who are true heroes… my book, anyway! So see how many you recognize and then try to think about what gift they have given to humanity.


“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

James 3:17-18 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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