Thought For The Day 12/16/14

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I Bring You Good News Of Great Joy

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heavenly Host

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To see an angel, you must see another’s soul. To feel an angel, you must touch another’s heart. To hear an angel you must listen to both. 

Author Unknown 

http://www.great-inspirational-quotes.com/angel-quotes.html

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I was thinking about what to write today when it occurred how completely all-encompassing music has become with this time of the year. Everything from “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” to “Silent Night” can be heard everywhere we go. My bank plays Christmas music. The stores I frequent, from my local Dollar type store to those more upscale retail establishments for which those Platinum type of credit cards are mandatory, play it. Even our favorite fast food business and my doctor’s office have Christmas music playing in the background. And then it occurred to me that there really had to be some subliminal undercurrent also programmed into the thread telling me to spend, spend, spend. You see,I know darned well that most of these places have no more idea of, nor do they really care about, the true reason for the season.

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Those many retail establishments simply see this time of the year as the cash cow on which their bottom line for every year rests! However, you and I both know that the real story and the real bottom line is so much richer, so much more vibrant and so much more beautiful, than any magical display in Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s window. You see, it all begin’s with a call to pay taxes imposed by Rome. And it involves a young couple who heed the edict to appear to be counted. Their names were Mary and Joseph.

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Now Mary was very pregnant. In fact, she was almost 38 weeks pregnant. But Mary did not want to be parted from her husband, Joseph who needed to go to Bethlehem, and she was also hoping to have the opportunity of seeing her cousin Elizabeth during their journey. And so travel they did.

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The journey was an arduous trek, lasting perhaps more than a week. It would have been impossible for Mary, heavy with child, to walk, so it does appear likely that she did ride atop a donkey. Traveling  in a mountainous region would not have been an easy journey for a well prepared, modern-day hiker, but Joseph was a resourceful man who planned as well as he could, given the information he had available. But nowhere, nohow, could he have imagined that sheer numbers of people descending on the city of Bethlehem, nor could he make advance arrangements for accommodations for the two of them. And so, having no other choice, Joseph and Mary took refuge in a stable.

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Smelling of fresh hay, it was a cozy and warm place for them to rest. But then something wonderful happened. “While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:6-7 NIV) 

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Amazingly, the word spread with the efficiency of  teenaged girl’s texting, except that it was heralded not by text, but by a heavenly host appearing in the sky…appearing to a group of shepherds keeping watch over their flocks of sheep and goats. And that host sang as it proclaimed the miracle that the Son of God had been delivered.

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Now these verses from Luke were certainly not the first to reference music. No, the first was in Exodus 15:20-21, and it was referenced again in Numbers, and again in Deuteronomy, and again in II Samuel and again and again and again! Yes, throughout both the Old and the New Testaments, music had played a significant role in the life and times we celebrate when we worship. But it seems to take on a special….almost magical quality when singing the songs associated with this time of then year.

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So the next time you are listening to a song, remember the true reason for the season, and begin humming, or singing one that we so closely associate with faith! Perhaps “Silent Night”, or “The Little Drummer Boy”. Then ask yourself a question. Am I truly happy this Christmastide? If not, why not? And if I am not, what measures can I take to make myself happy? You see, we….each of us….control the degree of the happiness we wear as we travel life’s path. And know that happiness is infectious and spreads almost without our doing anything! And I am certain that this is a type of infectious entity that we can all live healthy lives with, once we have been infected by its special magic!

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“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Psalms 96:11-13

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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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