Christmas…The Season of “Bright, Wild Blooms”


Dear Reader:


Today brevity will win out…because as I was flipping through some Madeleine L’Engle’s books…out popped the most important message I have heard in awhile. I needed to ponder this one verse  in my heart too.

After Annunciation

By Madeleine L’Engle

This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason
There’d been no room for the child.


As I re-read these words over and over I realized just how true they rang. Reason did and continues to have no room in the inn. We can’t logically explain a virgin birth unless we can completely turn our faith over to God. Just as difficult is explaining God in man as One. Faith and Trust are the two vital components to the root of Christianity while rationing and reasoning must stand behind each.

Christmas is an “irrational season” where “love does bloom bright and wild” like our lovable, crazy “Big Red.” It was Mary who taught us that her story had nothing to do with reason but everything to do with faith. It was her faith that made room for the child in the manger.

What I love is the fact that with rationalization and reasoning taking ‘second stage’ imagination and creativity were (and continue to be) free to reign triumphantly on the most holy of nights. Or as Madeleine L’Engle sums it up:

“Was there a moment, known only to God, when all the stars held their breath, when the galaxies paused in their dance for a fraction of a second, and the Word, who had called it all into being, went with all his love into the womb of a young girl, and the universe started to breathe again, and the ancient harmonies resumed their song, and the angels clapped their hands for you?” –Madeleine L’Engle

So until tomorrow: “Amen.”

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Vickie is getting in the Spirit! Her back yard is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

*Okay Clemson Fans…Take a deep breath today and here we go again tonight! Let’s hear it for our beloved Tigers!!! We love you and kisses abound! Go Get’em Tigers!



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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7 Responses to Christmas…The Season of “Bright, Wild Blooms”

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Loved this and wrote a lengthy reply but then a thing popped up inquiring about following the blog back to 2013??

    On Dec 2, 2017 6:04 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: Today brevity will win > out…because as I was flipping through some Madeleine L’Engle’s > books…out popped the most important message I have heard in awhile. I > needed to ponder this one verse in my heart too. Afte” >


    • Becky Dingle says:

      That was strange…never know what is going when things like that happen on Word Press…John is at a WordPress conference right now in Nashville…helping Mandy out.


  2. bcparkison says:

    The song” I Can Only Imagine” pops into my mind.


    • Rachel Edwards says:

      On Dec 2, 2017 9:34 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

      > bcparkison commented: “The song” I Can Only Imagine” pops into my mind.” >


    • Rachel Edwards says:

      Becky. ..don’t know if it was a hiccup but I wrote a response earlier because your blog entry was so profound…there was no room for Christ because of his unique and Godly ways that threaten the religious leaders and frightened and amazed the common people but in the end they too wanted to crucify him…but God’s timing and plan is the greatest story ever told…

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