“Not Knowing When the Dawn will Come I Open Every Door”

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Dear Reader:

I love Emily Dickinson’s works but I think I would change one word in this quote….from door to window. “Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every window.”

Sunday morning I was up early and had just gone to open the shutters when the sun’s rays shot through one half-opened shutter I had been adjusting… and this image caught my attention and appreciation. So beautiful! Mother Nature was creating her own art works on the walls in my house using the sun as her paint brush.

In our Sunday School class we are finishing up with one book we have been studying…in order to start a new project. I  missed some Sundays so I thought I would read the Epilogue to see how the author brought conclusion to her story. (It ended up being my favorite part of the book.)

The title of the epilogue was “Dark” and it was captioned with the Emily Dickinson quote in today’s blog title.

The book had been about an early, youthful rejection of the church (with its fair share of hypocrisies) by the author, It is the story of one person’a journey to re-invent what the church really means on a personal level.She concludes that “Church is a moment  in time when the kingdom of God draws near; when a shared meal, story, song, apology, and even a failure is made holy simply by the presence of Jesus among and within us.” 

She finishes by reminding us: “The church was alive and well long before we came up with phrases like “making it relevant.” It will go on long after the grass grows through our cathedral floors.”

The church, as we have known since we played the finger rhyme “Here’s the Church” as children, is the people. We are the church.

Here’s the church – finger rhyme

Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple
Open the door and see all the people.
Here’s the parson going upstairs,
And here he is saying his prayers.

I told my Sunday School class that I equate becoming a Christian and signing up for the journey… more like playing “Mother May I.” Some days I feel so close to God and then by the next day I have slipped back into a dark abyss (my own personal ‘rabbit hole’) still searching for the light.

Three feet forward,..five steps back and so on and so on. My hope is that one day “Mother” (God) will say” Becky, it is time. Take one giant leap of faith forward  and don’t look back….the Kingdom of God awaits.” (I will remember to ask permission and, hopefully, be welcomed with open arms.)

Maybe that is why I am so drawn to all kinds of light… lanterns, candles, solar lights, decorative strings of light, etc…perhaps they are God Winks letting me know He is still watching over me, guiding me, and waiting for the time when I will enter His Light.

So until tomorrow….Let us be assured that just as love conquers hate….light is and will always be victorious over darkness. Go open the doors and windows to let the sunrise in.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

leap_year_round_ceramic_decoration-rdb3520f6d6ae49b0947182b5336af8b3_x7s2y_8byvr_324*Happy Leap Year….Personally I am ready to leap into Spring!

 

 

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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6 Responses to “Not Knowing When the Dawn will Come I Open Every Door”

  1. Anne says:

    Amen! And Amen!

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  2. Becky Dingle says:

    Today….I will definitely be opening windows and doors….”Oh What a Beautiful Morning…Oh What a Beautiful Day!”…

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  3. Gg says:

    What a wonderful analogy…you make life so simple by putting it into layman’s terms…a lot like Christ using parables…thank you

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      That is the highest compliment, Gin-g, I have ever been given…..my poor little brain necessitates taking something complex and bringing it down so I can understand on a personal level….just so glad that others feel the same way!

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  4. Johnny Johnson says:

    Mrs. Dingle you only think you sink into your own rabbit hole, you never slip from Gid nor God from you. Your kindness, thoughtfulness, your daily inspirational blog, the Holy Spirit guides you and is with you every step of every day. You may feel it isn’t so but all that comes from you tells us all that it is.

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      I think it is all of you loyal blog readers who continue to pull me out of “my rabbit hole”….and I thank you for it. Have a beautiful day!

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