Thought For The Day 07/04/14


A Humble History Lesson

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When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea.  He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. 

Adlai Stevenson


Today is the 238th birthday for the country I call home. And so I ask you who live outside the shores of my country, to bear with me as I think about and remember those men whose signatures on a piece of paper forever changed the history of my country. 56 men signed that document, known today as “THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE”, between August 2, 1776 and January 22, 1777. And of that number, there were 2 future presidents, 3 future vice presidents and 10 members of the United States Congress. But do any of you know their names or what happened to the rest? Well draw near and let me tell you!


Their names and the states they represented were:
Delaware • George Read • Caesar Rodney • Thomas McKean
Pennsylvania • George Clymer • Benjamin  Franklin • Robert Morris • John Morton • Benjamin Rush • George Ross • James Smith • James Wilson • George Taylor
Massachusetts • John Adams • Samuel Adams • John  Hancock • Robert Treat Paine • Elbridge Gerry
New  Hampshire • Josiah Bartlett • William Whipple • Matthew  Thornton
Rhode Island • Stephen Hopkins • William Ellery
New York • Lewis Morris • Philip Livingston • Francis Lewis • William Floyd
Georgia • Button Gwinnett • Lyman Hall • George Walton
Virginia • Richard  Henry Lee • Francis Lightfoot Lee • Carter Braxton • Benjamin  Harrison • Thomas Jefferson • George Wythe • Thomas Nelson, Jr.
North Carolina • William Hooper • John Penn • Joseph Hewes
South Carolina • Edward Rutledge • Arthur  Middleton • Thomas Lynch, Jr. • Thomas Heyward, Jr.
New  Jersey • Abraham Clark • John Hart • Francis Hopkinson • Richard Stockton • John Witherspoon
Connecticut • Samuel  Huntington • Roger Sherman • William Williams • Oliver Wolcott
Maryland • Charles Carroll • Samuel Chase • Thomas  Stone • William Paca
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
  • Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
  • Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
  • Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they?

  • Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
  • Eleven were merchants.
  • Nine were farmers and large plantation owners.

They were men of means, well-educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

  • Carter Braxton from Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
  • Thomas McKean of Delaware was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
  • Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
  • At the battle of  Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. of Virginia, noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
  • Francis Lewis from New York, had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
  • John Hart from New Jersey, was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.


So my fellow Americans who celebrate today, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid. And for all my readers, whether from this country or another, always remember what might just be the most important lesson that we Americans remember today and we as a human race, seek to remember always:




“I’m Proud To Be An American”

performed by: Lee Greenwood


It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5: 1 NIV


Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “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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