Thought For The Day 09/13/14

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The Living Message

Thought 1281

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BA00846 

http://www.lrba.org/795868

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Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.

Neil Postman

“The Disappearance of Childhood” 1982

http://quotegarden.com/children.html

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There is a seamy side of life that exists for some of the children in our world that most of us (thank God) never really witness during the course of our lifetimes. Yes, we know it is there because we read of its existence or see it up front and personal, on our 65″ television screen. The unthinkable happens to little ones every day and not just in some other neighborhood. We know that the self-defeating behaviors that living a life of poverty produces seems to infect and spread in adults entrusted with the welfare of children, but the unthinkable also happens in areas of affluence, as well. While poverty will often breed more poverty in future generations who do not know anything else (or any other life) because they have never learned any other way, then what explanation can there possibly be for the horrors that happen in my middle class community or the upper class communities of…. oh…. let’s say, a Beverly Hills, CA or a Kiawah Island, SC, where the cost of building a home could feed an entire town for months? We as a society, have become infected with a sickness that is metastasizing and turning our souls into some dark and malevolent thing. Indeed, we have become not just complacent but apathetic, as well!

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My husband once said that as parents, we are entrusted with one responsibility to our children……. to keep them alive until they grow to adulthood! And while that might shock you, feeling that way actually makes some sense. We do, as adults, have a duty to provide for the basic welfare of our children. We must feed, clothe, provide shelter and educate youngsters as well as protect them from their own propensity for becoming involved in behaviors that will prove harmful to them. These things are considered to be so essential that their guarantee is protected by laws we have enacted, to assure that the welfare of little ones remains the primary focus in our society. However, there is a point where Dan and I part ways on our opinions of child rearing. You see, I believe if we stop right there, we are not producing children who will become the best they can possibly be. To create a generation who will grow to become caring and loving adults, we must take parenting one additional step and nurture and guide our children on a path that will, hopefully, implant within them a hunger to learn all that they can and a thirst to care not just about themselves, but others and the world, as well. After all, tomorrow’s parent is the child we raised today! And like it or not, this MUST include instilling the tenets of faith as part of the rest of the things we teach our little ones.

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Showing faith by the way we live and then reinforcing those lessons by examples we teach our children needs to begin at a very young age and is an essential determining how our little ones view not just the world but their place in the world, as well. Our goal must be to guide them onto a path through life that is productive as well as principled! I once read that faith is like the wind! We know that the wind exists even if it does not have mass or color or taste or smell. Now while we might see the movement of the leaves on trees or the clouds in the sky or feel the sensation of a breeze on our bodies as the hair on our skin is rustled, still we can not see it! Faith is exactly the same way. Faith does not have mass or color or taste or smell either. Although we can see the tangible symbols of faith that exist in our world, such as crosses and churches and the Bible, faith is just as invisible to the eye as is the wind. However, what we do know is the feeling that faith provides to us. Once we open our eyes to God’s truths we will see faith in the way it touches our soul and brings joy to our hearts. And what a wonderful legacy we are sharing with the adults of tomorrow by teaching them of religion and God and faith, today!

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 NIV

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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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