Thought For The day 05/19/14



Post 1163


The meeting of Abram and Melchizedek


Knowledge is proud that he has learn’d so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. 

William Cowper
“The Winter Walk at Noon”


Yesterday, I was thinking about Melchizedek. Now I’m sure you are all wondering what would make anyone think about this man, whose name was mentioned only a couple of times in the Old Testament. Well, just in case you don’t know, he was a priest who blessed Abram after the defeat of  Chedorlaomer and later, Melchizedek was regarded as an eternal priest, typifying the priesthood of the  future Messiah!


Now, the truth of the matter is that in all my years of Sunday School growing up, I had NEVER heard the name Melchizedek. Then I met Dan, my better half, and the product of a Catholic school upbringing.


Now, as a couple, we regularly socialized with a group of friends that we are still close with today, nearly 40 years later. But back in the “Dan and Mandy” honeymoon years, when this group would get together, we would have “cut-throat” games of Charades. It was always the husbands versus the wives and playing the game took a great deal of planning and strategy. And the wives never won! EVER!


Now, truth be known, the wives always thought the husbands cheated, but we could never prove it. And so, our losing streak continued, year after year. Then one winter, several couples from our group rented a ski house in VT, and one night we decided to stay in. We made dinner, lit a fire, un-corked a few bottles of wine and decided to continue waging the “Battle of Charades”.


We women had planned well in advance for this challenge and we came up with “a famous person, male” which we knew the husbands couldn’t ever get……Melchizedek! We were absolutely convinced that our losing streak would end. We folded our slips of paper and began the battle. And we began to edge forward to where there was a chance we might actually be triumphant…..finally! And as we began doing better, the more wine the husbands imbibed. And finally….the last clue which would determine a champion was at hand. And the word was?!?!?!? Yep, you guessed it!!!!!!!


It was after midnight and after more than a couple of bottles of “vino”, there were only 2 husbands remotely able to play this, our “coup de gras”! Dan, my husband, and Jack! But all we needed were 2….a giver and an answerer! We were positively salivating! And so, my better half stood up, turned toward Jack who was the only other male awake and even remotely able to hazard a guess. Dan began the litany that starts every game of Charades……”famous person…..male…..4 syllables…..1st syllable…..sounds like……bell…… And Jack looked up at Dan and, without blinking an eye, answered…..Melchizedek!


We were flabbergasted! Half of us were crying and the others were laughing hysterically! Thwarted! AGAIN! We asked Jack how he could have possibly gotten the answer so fast, and he simply looked at us and said, “Who else could it have been?” Who, indeed! We never played Charades, ever again, but I never forgot that name, either!


War of the Kings

When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.

God’s Promise to Abram

Then after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High.

Genesis 14: 14-18 NASB


Mandy 2014

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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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