Thought For The Day 02/05/14

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Being Color Blind

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One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings. 

Franklin Thomas

http://www.quotegarden.com/racism.html

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I clearly remember the singular moment when I discovered an amazing phenomenon. It is something that transcends all cultures and countries and religions and sexes. Did you know that every single child born into the world is color blind? Now I’m betting there are some of you reading this and shaking your head and saying “NO WAY. Mandy’s lost her marbles!” Well, just to make this absolutely, positively clear…..this is not just my opinion. This is an absolute fact! Now I knew this truism already, but I decided to look up some supporting evidence for you doubting Thomas and Thomasina’s out there. While surfing the web, I happened upon a You Tube clip that supports this fact and, indeed, actually explains this phenomenon in clear and concise terms. It’s very short and well worth seeing, just in case you don’t believe me.

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Now should you need more proof, I invite you to go to any playground or better yet, visit a day care facility during a warm and sunny afternoon. You are apt to view running and chasing and throwing balls and sliding on slides and swinging on swings and climbing and laughing……much, much laughing. I promise you that you will be witnessing a pure and unadulterated joy for joy’s sake alone!

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You are just as apt to see 2 little boys (or girls) hugging one another as you would a boy AND a girl hugging. To these children, they are playing with their “bestest friends” in the whole wide world. They are not playing with their black friend or their white friend or their brown friend or their purple or green or Chartreuse colored friend. They are playing with their friend. In fact, there is not a single nerve or cell in the being of these little children that can even conceive the evil that is hate or bigotry. It is not until our children become exposed to darker and more sinister side of life, usually passed onto them like some evil and malignant tumor by the ignorance and intolerance of the adults in their life, that all of this amazing innocence of childhood changes.

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This fact was brought home to our family in a hard way nearly 2 years ago. You see, it was then that an important little one in my life lost his best friend. The fact that they are separated is through no fault of theirs. In all truth, what it is, is a sad commentary on the state of my community. I can tell you that everywhere I look here, despite living in the heart of Dixie, I am finding that interracial couples are more the norm than the exception.  But suddenly, surprisingly, bigotry rears its ugly head when we are least prepared to deal with it. And with its intolerance came the need to explain it all to a little guy who only knew that his “bestest friend” was gone from his life.

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Even though 2 years have passed, and I am no longer certain whether the memory of his “bestest friend” lingers in his heart or mind, the explanation will have to wait a few years more. You see, we do not know yet how to explain racism to a child whose eyes still do not see the differences in the color of a person’s skin. And all I can do is say a prayer that maybe…..just maybe…..the explanation won’t be needed at all by then!

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But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Galatians 3:25-29 ESV

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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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