Thought For The Day 10/22/14

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Our Ever Expanding Horizon

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“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.”

Eartha Kitt

http://izquotes.com/quote/103331

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I have learned so very many things since I began this amazing journey in 2011 to expand my relationship with God. I have learned that to not grasp a new concept every day is a waste of the air we breathe. Life is and should always be our classroom and I believe it is an impossibility that any of us can ever stop the learning process. From the second we open our eyes until the moment we close them at night, we are seeing new and beautiful things all around us. Look past all the concrete things. Notice that beautiful spider web glistening in the sunlight. Look at the color of the trees in your yard. Even the tiny drop of dew that graces the petal of the mum planted outside will not be in the same place tomorrow having evaporated in the warmth of the morning sunlight.

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One thing that this journey has brought me is new friends along the way. There is one friend who kindly put faith-based videos on the web site I had created back then (and which is no longer up and running today), of her faith which is Judaism. Every day I learned from those videos and I learned from her social media site, and just as it is with all new information that we encounter every day, these things add one more subject in that diploma I will earn with my last breath, as the late, great, Eartha Kitt pointed out so magnificently.

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Now this friend once posted something written by a rabbi and I could not help but look at the wisdom of not only his words but those of Walt Whitman (who was a friend of my mother’s family many years ago, as a matter of fact), and whom he quoted in his writing. I felt compelled to share this wisdom with you all today. Just look at it as one more step along your path to earning your very own diploma.

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What Makes The Torah
Great?

By Rabbi David Wolpe

The Torah has been described in many ways: a love letter, a ketubah, one long poem, a mystic message of black on white fire, a compendium of law and story, a family diary, the foundation stone of Israel, a written assurance of God’s love. Turn it over and over, the Rabbis advise us,
for everything is in it.

What makes the Torah such a protean document — why does it evoke such varied metaphors and so reverential an approach? The traditional answer, and still the answer many would give, is that it is the written word of God and therefore by definition inexhaustible. Whether one accepts that conclusion or not, even a Divine text is insufficient without one more ingredient.

To have great books, said Walt Whitman, there must be great readers. This greatest of books has had the greatest of readers. For thousands of years the Torah has been the focus of scholars, saints and sages, the distilled genius of the Talmudic Rabbis and their innumerable disciples. Words seemingly wrung dry by fantastic intellectual exertions suddenly, miraculously, show themselves capable of new meanings to new generations. This year on Simchat Torah as we hold aloft the Torah, let us also celebrate the great readers, commentators and lovers of this eternal text. And let us join them.

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We know Jesus understood the importance of learning. It is, after all, why he is thought of as the greatest teacher of all time. And it was these skills that he passed along to his disciples and followers, instructing them to go out into the world and share his message with others. Jesus sought to motivate and inspire those listening to him and that is what we must continue to do as well. He sought to convey the truth in all he taught, which is and always will be the rock-solid base of teaching. And he sought to share this knowledge in lessons offered in the context of life experiences (the parable).

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It is not just our purpose to teach but to encourage independent thinking and interpretation as well. That is the way the next Biblical scholar will emerge. And it is also our purpose to learn and to grow in all aspects of life. And never forget to strive to read and learn from those texts of faith that we have been gifted with…. the Torah for those who are Jewish, the Koran for those who are Muslim and the Bible, most importantly, for those of us who are Christian. And perhaps we should exchange our books of faith. This would be the ultimate opportunity to enrich our minds, expand our horizons, and earn that very special diploma from life’s teachings!

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 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Romans 15:4 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

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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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