Thought For The Day 09/12/14


His Grace

Thought 1280




Life is a tapestry:  We are the warp; angels, the weft; God, the weaver.  Only the Weaver sees the whole design. 

Eileen Elias Freeman

 The Angels’ Little Instruction Book , 1994


 Yesterday was an unhappy day. It was an unhappy day for our family, just as it was for America and the world. As much as I tried to avoid the news, remembering and reliving the horrors of those events is inevitable… brought back with freshness every year, whether through the live broadcasting of memorial services, or the many new documentaries that keep popping up on our televisions, seems, somehow, to keep us from putting the heartbreak and pain of the day to bed, and to move forward with the business of living. Indeed, the ghosts are everywhere. And this is understandable given the sheer numbers who perished in what was the costliness act of terrorism to claim human life ever to occur on American soil! But a funny thing happened. You see, even as I was wallowing in a pity party of my own making, I suddenly began thinking about the time that my grandson spent with me just a few days ago.


I watched this tiny red-headed ball of fire as he was playing and who, if it were possible to harness all the energy in his 4 1/2-year-old body, could power a small city. He was sitting all by himself, and happily playing on one of the tablets we have which is specifically set up for his personal use with games and the Netflix account that delivers to him the PBS and Disney shows he loves. Then suddenly, he was sitting on the floor surrounded by 10 of his favorite dinosaurs, making his T-Rex roar and the Pteranodon fly and swoop down to catch some imaginary fish in waters only he could see! And then just as suddenly, the dinosaurs were forgotten… making way for the Lego’s community that we have built which includes a train station, fire engine and police station, complete with Lego men and women going to work, arresting the bad guy and putting out a fire! And the entire time, my grandson was sporting a grin the size of the moon which looked so huge on his tiny face! And then it struck me that we all were like this at one time in our lives. We may not remember, but we all lived a time when every thing we saw or did brought a joy to our very being.


Children do not know ego or pride or hatred or anger or jealousy. They only know the pure delight of each new experience! They only know that each thrill they feel with every new act is “tingly” and vibrant. They only know that they are alive and that the world is there for them to discover! Oh but that we might somehow put on hold the part of maturity that robs us of this joy and spirit, even as we are saddled with the responsibilities brought to us by every year we live. And then, just as suddenly, I realized that these negative traits don’t just magically appear for us. They are, in fact, the result of us often making the job of living more complicated than it needs to be.


We can fix or at least cope with so many of these challenges in our lives if we remember that there is someone greater than ourselves that has our back. And even if we do not really know all of the things we really need and the things that are best for us, He does. I know that your faith may not be the same as mine. I am a Christian and it is by those beliefs that I gain the strength to move through life’s days and both the joys as well as the trials that color those days. But I do so with a peace in my heart knowing that as I travel the path he has chosen for me, I do not walk that path alone. And yes, He will not always remove every bit of the pain of life’s difficult days. It is all of the things that touch our lives, both the good as well as the bad, that make us unique and special. But just as He made me, so will He help me if I but reach out and ask!


“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Matthew 6:25-27


Mandy 2014


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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