Thought For The Day 06/09/14

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The Ark

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Always remember to hope for the best but to prepare for the worst. After all, never forget that it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark!

Amanda Pierce Bruscella

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Having developed a close friendship over the last year with people who foster and care for animals as well as some animal sanctuary programs, and discovering all of the logistical difficulties of making provisions for and then caring for some small species of animals, I am positively awe-struck at what a monumental task would have been brought to bear by Noah and his family on the ark. And even when assuming that the animals for the purposes of practicality simply relating to size alone, must have been quite young, the amount of food and water needed  and the resultant wastes produced for the approximately 16,000 animals (the accounting of which is done in the most rudimentary of fashions) positively boggles the mind. Certainly, when remembering the ventilation and fresh air needs (although people in those days probably were not as aware of the odors involved since it is only in more recent times that man and beasts have been housed in separate quarters) to offset the inevitable accumulation of things like toxic methane gasses which might just prove harmful not only to the animals but their human caretakers, as well, I must ask how in the world all of this was managed by one family for 40 or so days?

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The design of the vessel alone was pure, God inspired certainly, genius! And while the rendering above is not a proven design for the ark, it seems likely that Noah and the small number (7) of family members that were entrusted with this mission by God, certainly planned for the logistics of not working harder but working smarter. Animal species that could live together in harmony and safety, probably were housed en masse.

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Even for animals needing more specialized foods to meet dietary needs which would have been guaranteed them in their natural habitat, probably were fed similar types of foods as the rest, and which most likely consisted of plant products and grains which could have been more easily stored. Meat eaters may have been fed with dried fish and meat which would not have been difficult to store for the journey. The goal here, after all was not really to thrive but was, instead, simple survival! Water most likely was shared by use of conduits feeding it into troughs.

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Certainly the availability of water was never an issue. And with the feeding of so many, comes the inevitable by-product …. waste. Slatted and sloped flooring would have allowed wastes to fall through where it would have more easily been cleaned. The motion of the Ark as it rode the flooded seas, would have helped to dissipate accumulated gasses and kept the vessel habitable for the duration of the journey.

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Now there are many out there who doubt that this event really occurred. There are some who view it being related in the Bible simply as a metaphor for explaining the consequences for sin. We know that the world as it was known then was not the world as we know it to be today, either in size or in scope. However, nearly every faith including Christianity, Islam and Judaism speak of the story. And while there has not yet been offered definitive proof for the flooding, it is certainly plausible to think about the melting of polar ice causing a rapid rise of many, many feet in the Black sea, likely causing massive regional flooding. Then again, putting aside trying to find logical explanations for the story, perhaps this is simply another way of asking us to believe something in the absence of absolutes. We who believe, are asked to do this often. We always have been and we always will! Isn’t this, after all, part of what we are taught about everything related to God? All that comprises the very essence of belief is accepting that for which we have no evidentiary proof and is that not the definition of FAITH?

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“And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.”

Genesis 7:23 KJV

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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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