Thought For The Day 08/22/14

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Why?

Thought 1258

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Everything happens for a reason

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Unimaginative people give up when bad things happen to them, while wise people keep going and overcome their misfortunes.

Melchor Lim

http://quotegarden.com/god.html

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I saw the movie “Oh God, Book 2” the other day. At least I saw a smidgen of it when I woke up at 3 AM. But the snippet I saw has stuck with me for 3 days now and so I guess that by utilizing His best George Burns impersonation, God is trying to tell me I better write something about the part of the movie I did see before falling back into dreamland.

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Now to make everything a bit more clear in case any of you have no idea of what I am talking about,  “Oh God, Book 2”  is a story about what happens when God chooses a little girl named Tracy to be His messenger on earth. (I think the fact that He chooses a child should not be lost on any of us. He did, after all, send a little child into the world to be His messenger and our salvation 2 millenia ago.) So it makes perfect sense that he reason He has chosen a child (at least as it is written in the script), is that he wants for the innocence and faith of children to serve as a wake up call to adults who often fail to see or hear Him because they no longer view the world through the same eyes and with the same pureness of heart that a child does. Now Tracy is attacked by well-meaning experts who believe her vision of God to be nothing more that the hallucinations of a disturbed child. But her classmates rally to her defense and together, they create the way they will promote Him, complete with the slogan…….”THINK GOD!”, which they plaster everywhere they can, on posters and through the art of graffiti.

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The particular part of the movie that I actually saw the other night was when a distraught Tracy pleads with God to show himself to her because she feels abandoned by Him even as she is being subjected to the scrutiny of all those many experts of mental health whose questioning of her begins to erode her faith. And it is when God finally comes to her again that she is able to ask Him THE question. It is the very same question which we continue to ask of Him every day in the here and now. Why does He let bad things happen to good people? And the answer God gives to her in the movie is just as impactful and as relevant to us all today as it was when this movie was released in 1980!

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God’s Response to Tracy

(God is portrayed by George Burns in the movie)

“I know it sounds like a cop-out but there’s nothing I can really do about pain and suffering. My problem was that I could never figure out how to make anything with just one side to it. Ever see a front without a back, a top without a bottom, an up without a down? O.K. There can’t be good without bad, life without death, pleasure without pain. That’s how it is. If I take sad away, happy has to go with it. If anyone knows another way, I wish they’d put it in the suggestion box.”

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Life is hard and does not come complete with its very own “Little Handbook for Living”. If life was all moonlight and canoes, we would, I think, find ourselves and our very humanity somehow wanting. We are not robots, devoid of emotion. Every emotion we experience, both the good as well as the bad, is what helps to define the very unique individual we are and serves to build our character. Each new life experience built upon the lessons learned from the last one is what makes us human and special. And the movie says it perfectly. Would we appreciate the beautiful blue skies of a sunny summer afternoon if we hadn’t also been faced with the thunder and lightning of the storm clouds at least once? And isn’t it the times when we have felt the bitterness of loneliness that makes the warmth of an embrace or the kiss of the one we love so sweet? I don’t know about you all, but I’m somehow very glad that God couldn’t figure out how to make all things in life one-sided!

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Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead,  who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many

2 Corinthians 1:1-11 NKJV

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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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