Thought For The Day 08/15/14


Faith, Family, Friends

Thought 1252




Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

Jane Howard



Top: Harold, Mandy, Dan
Bottom: Henry, Landon, Sabrina
Thanksgiving 2010

Dan and Melissa 2013

Melissa & Danny
August 2013


FAMILY! Who has ever looked this word up? Well, family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity, affinity, or co-residence. In most societies it is the principal institution for the socialization of children. Anthropologists most generally classify family organization as matrilocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a husband, his wife, and children; also called nuclear family); and consanguineal (also called an extended family) in which parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent’s family.


Look at this definition and I wonder that any one of us would ever want to be a part of any union of a consanguineal nature. Sounds more like something that Bram Stoker would have written about, doesn’t it? And yet, it is these blood or consanguineal ties, that physically link every single living being, whether human or animal, to other like members of their species. And today, we take the definition of family one step further as we recognize that families have evolved beyond the traditional nuclear one to any group united and sharing domestic responsibilities within the home! But no matter how you define family, it was the concept of family that was recognized as being so important, that even God knew that for His son to walk the earth and to do what it was that He was destined to do for humanity, first He needed to be conceived, carried, delivered, nurtured and educated within the family dynamic!


The concept of family has always held tremendous significance throughout our history of faith. From the Garden of Eden where God directs Adam and Eve to “….Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28, to the time of Moses when God’s laws were given to man, and two of His commands (the seventh which protects the sanctity of marriage by prohibiting adultery, and the fifth which directs all humans to honor their parents) instructed about the importance of maintaining a cohesive and unified family dynamic.


Yes, our human family is the most important gift we, and society, for that matter, are given. But even more important than the physical family we are born into, is the spiritual family we are “born again” into! And yet there is one thing that ties both of these families together. LOVE! Love is the glue that unites the human family together as one, and it is love that defines our spiritual family, as well! John 13:34-35 NIV reminds us of this new command from God! “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”


For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named

Ephesians 3:14-15 NIV


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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