Thought For The Day 05/12/14


For She Who Nurtured Us!

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The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes


Since my Sunday “Thought” is now a Bible reading, I wanted to honor mothers in a way that I could not yesterday.



The tale that can be told of mothers throughout history is not a unique one. For even in ancient times, except for the Almighty himself, it was to the one that bore us and fed us and set our feet upon the road of life, they were the ones that we honored with the highest praises that could possibly be sung. Even today, as a mother, I serve myself food at the table last. It is not because I fear there will not be enough which is a fear that faces many mothers in today’s world. It is not because I am in less need of having my hunger assuaged. But it is because I want the choicest morsels, and only the most perfect pieces to go to the ones I love more than I do myself. It is a testament to the bond that formed as my heartbeat synced with theirs as I carried them inside of me for those 40 odd weeks before they burst forth into the new world. However, that instinctive, fierce protectiveness is not isolated to the mother who carried that child in her body. You see, it is just a palpable in the life force of the mother who carried her child in her heart!


I do not say that all mothers are angels. Yes there are some that commit great evil upon the very innocent lives they were entrusted with by God. Not every mother there is has the mother gene perfectly affixed to each strand of DNA. In fact there are indeed some who never should have conceived, nor carried, nor delivered a child. And yet, we know that this number is infinitesimally small  compared to the millions upon millions throughout history that would have gladly sacrificed the air they breathe if it would in some way help their little ones. And this is the part of the story we tell today. It is the part of the tale that we cling to when we paint a picture in our mind of mothers and a mother’s love! It is the tale that was written for Good Housekeeping Magazine in 1933 by Temple Bailey!


Is This The Long Way?

“Is this the long way?” asked the young mother as she set her foot on the path of life. And the Guide said:

“Yes, and the way is hard, and you will be old before you reach the end of  it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”

The young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be  better than these years. So she played with her children, she fed them and  bathed them, taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike, and reminded  them to feed the dog and do their homework and brush their teeth. The sun shone  on them and the young mother cried,

“Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.”

Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and  the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and  covered them with her arms. The children said,

“Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come.”

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed  and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the  children,

“A little patience and we are there.”

So the children climbed and as they climbed they learned to weather the  storms. And with this, she gave them strength to face the world. Year after year  she showed them compassion, understanding, hope, but most of all unconditional  love. And when they reached the top they said,

“Mother, we could not have done it without you.”

The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years. The mother grew  old and she became little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and  walked with courage. And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at  the stars and said:

“This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and  are now passing these traits on to their children.”

And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her, and gave her  strength, just as she had given them hers. One day they came to a hill, and  beyond the hill they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And  Mother said,

“I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than  the beginning, for my children can walk with dignity and pride, with their heads  held high, and so can their children after them.” And the children said,

“You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the  gates.”

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed  after her. And they said,

“We cannot see her, but she is with us still.” A mother is more than a  memory. She is a living presence. Your Mother is always with you. She’s the  whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of certain  foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she’s the cool  hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well, she’s your breath in the air on  a cold winters day.

She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a  rainbow, she is your birthday morning. Your Mother lives inside your laughter.  And she’s crystallized in every tear drop.

A mother shows through in every emotion – happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy,  love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow – and all the while  hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.

She’s the place you came from, your first home, and she’s the map you follow  with every step you take. She’s your first love, your first friend, even your  first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.

Not time, not space – not even death!

Author: Temple Bailey


When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.        

John 19:26-27 ESV


Copyright © 2012 “MandysPath”

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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