Just Passing Through…

Dear Reader:

When I came across another short anecdote yesterday…it brought about another ‘pause and ponder’ moment. The more I thought about it; the more I liked it. The spiritual anecdote went like this:

“Only a Visitor”

In the last century, a tourist from the States visited the famous Polish rabbi Hafez Hayyim. He was astonished to see that the rabbi’s home was only a simple room filled with books. The only furniture was a table and a bench.

“Rabbi, where is your furniture?” asked the tourist.
“Where is yours?” replied Hafez.
“Mine? But I’m only a visitor here.”
“So am I,” said the rabbi.


Hebrews 14: For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”

If you are like me…no matter where I travel or how amazing the trip is…I am equally as happy returning home as I was leaving it…I want to  sleep back in my bed and putter in my garden. Home…I love my home!

However, this little anecdote and scripture reading reminds us that earth is not our permanent home…that is still “yet to come.” We truly are just visitors here for such a short stay…it is a blink of the eye through God’s perspective.  (Maybe as short a stay as the alien visit in Bowman? 🙂

I think part of this “simplifying” my life and getting rid of “stuff”/ “clutter”phase I have been in for about a year now…especially around my home.. is my own personal attempt to remind myself…that my body is just a temporary shell for my soul…it too will leave the shell behind one day…just as my house, my home will be left behind also. So “Keep It Simple.” (Those who stay behind will thank you!)

And speaking of keeping things simple…How about this thought I stored away last Sunday?…A remark by our wonderful pastor, Jeff Kackley.

He made an observation that I had never considered. As the Easter Story is finishing up for this season…Jeff reminded us that we are in the habit (as a congregation) of responding to his proclamation… “The Lord is Risen” with “He is risen indeed.”  

We are so used to saying it…we never have given it much more thought than a positive cheer for Jesus and eternal life. But what if?

Jeff said…if we separate “indeed” and turn it into two words ‘ in deed’ suddenly the words take on a new meaning.

Deed is defined as an act or action that is performed intentionally or consciously. As Christians we are to live our lives as Christ would want us to live them…becoming mentors for others by our deliberate choices and actions taken through this life. Eternal life and sacrifice doesn’t and didn’t end at the cross…just like Christ still lives in us today…so does the torch we are all to carry, in His name, remain in us. Yes, in deed! He is risen!

So until tomorrow… We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that our unity will one day be restored
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yeah they’ll know we are Christians by our love…

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh


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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2 Responses to Just Passing Through…

  1. bcparkison says:

    Yes,yes,yes! .I have been very “Home” sick lately. Keep looking up. He is coming back for us….soon, very soon.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I think in all of us there is a feeling of “homesickness” we experience in intervals throughout our lives…it takes awhile to realize that it is not an earthly homesickness for a specific place we know…but a homesickness for a place we don’t know but, yet somehow, simultaneously, do know, at a certain level of awareness and recognize as our next home.

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