Thought For The Day 03/15/14


The Fork In The Road


Post 1097




Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. 

Faith Baldwin


If there is one thing that life has taught me, it’s that our paths are never certain and that we must become flexible enough to roll with the punches. Case in point….my desire to do Hospice Chaplaincy. Now as you all know, I was a Hospice Nurse for many years. And, as you also know from blogs I have written in the past, helping people through the process of death and dying is something I am fairly comfortable with where others may find that to be a much more difficult endeavor. And while I no longer work as a Hospice Nurse, I am a volunteer for the physical, emotional and spiritual support for patients and families who are navigating the rough waters of the dying process. However, even though the Medical Director for the Hospice program I affiliated with really wants my involvement with the program, I haven’t received many referrals, despite me being honest with the administration that I would be willing to travel to the far ends of Horry County, if I were needed. And yet, they have not come and I actually realize now, having thought about it, what the reason may well be.


I live in the “Bible Belt” of our country where churches line every back road with the same frequency that fast food venues line the entire length of Highway 95, from Maine to Florida! Most people here are as firmly attached to their own personal faith as well as their churches and ministers as they are to family members, and so it is natural, that IT is the place that they associate with having received the most spiritual comfort during their living years that they would naturally turn to during their dying ones. And this is a wonderful thing, and even better still, the way it should be for everyone! In the meantime, the program knows that they can turn to me if I am needed. And that is also a wonderful thing. But, for me, it actually nudged me to consider some more options that have presented themselves to me.


I am lucky to have multiple passions in life. Caring for the dying is one. And if I had to list one that is almost as high on my list of priorities, it would be children. That is why I chose “Fostering Hope”, the non-profit agency that provides to children entering Foster Care, a suitcase, clothing, shoes, personal care items, school essentials, etc., as one of my projects for the community outreach work I do. And that is what also prompted me to become a member of the Board of Directors for “Heroes for Children”, which supports all the endeavors for the “Guardian ad Litem” program here, and to make the decision to undergo the training necessary to become a Guardian ad Litem, myself. It seems as if children is the direction I am being led by Him to help. And this is also a wonderful thing!


Sometimes we must make a change to effect a change. None of us stays the same throughout our lives. As we grow, not just in years, but in faith, as well, we often discover that what it is we were expecting from our service to others, takes a radical shift. And sometimes that requires us making a u-turn in the road we are traveling. The key here is to recognize this basic fact and to see when that change is needed, and then to have the courage to take that chance. Sometimes it might just remove us from our comfort zone. And that is often a good thing for our lives, because it might just be that new venture that re-ignites within us the passions that may have become somewhat stagnant within us. What it does is gives us another opportunity to re-write the story that is ours. And this, too, is a wonderful thing!


O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ Then you will defile your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, ‘Away with you!’ He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows.’

 Isaiah 30: 19-23 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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