Beauty in the Common Things – A Source of Hope

Dear Reader:

When all is said and done…I think one of the greatest lessons about life we learn is that it is the common things in life that bring us the most joy.

This is true of “Little Red.” It now has two red buds about to burst open with eight other buds on the stem that will produce a gloriously large display of life renewed. Just like I felt “Big Red” was my on-going health 0′ meter….my “Little Red” has now taken up this position and once all the buds pop open my medical challenges will make a turn back to normalcy and good health…my hope lies in God’s common messengers.

Lynn Gamache, who sent us the fall photos from British Columbia, said fall was leaving there now as winter was quickly approaching. The harvest was in and now it was time for roaring fires, hot tea, and wonderful books and poetry. She then mentioned how much she enjoyed the poetry of Ruth Bell Graham (Billy Graham’s wife) in her book Sitting by My Laughing Fire.

As I pulled some of the sample poems from the book from the internet…the one that drew me to it was titled : “Common Things.”

Ruth Bell had originally planned to become a missionary in China before meeting Billy Graham…she then gave up this personal dream to become part of his dream. Her life wasn’t easy…with her popular minister husband speaking around the world she was often alone raising their five children by herself.

The everyday chores of life…washing dishes, making beds, and ironing became a big part of her world. Instead of sighing over what might have been had she chosen a different path, one that perhaps had lead her to become a missionary to China…she started looking for God in the ordinary chores of every day life and found Him.

“Common Things”

Lord, let mine be
a common place
while here.
His was a common one;
He seems so near
when I am working
at some ordinary task.
Lord, let mine be
a common one, I ask.
Give me things to do
that others shun,
I am not so gifted or so poised,
Lord, as some.
I am best fitted
for the common things,

 and I am happy so.

It always brings
a sense of fellowship
with Him who learned
to do the lowly things
that others spurned:
to wear simple clothes,
the common dress,
to gather in His arms
and gently bless
(and He was busy, too)
a little child,
to lay His hand upon
the one defiled,
to walk with sinners
down some narrow street,

to kneel Himself
and wash men’s dusty feet.
To ride a common foal,
to work with wood,
to dwell with common folk,
eat common food;
and then upon the city dump
to die for me

Lord, common things
are all I ask
of Thee.

From Ruth Bell Graham’s Collected Poems 


Since the beginning of October until now…the beginning of November… I have been car-less and walk-less…to the point that these two abilities…to drive and walk…have become pivotal goals in my life. I don’t want riches or gold…just a healthy foot that doesn’t hurt that I can walk upon and work in my garden…and a simple car to drive that will get me from A to B.

Just to be able to walk out in my garden again will renew my hope and health….Doodle and I return tomorrow for the bandages to be replaced and the equipment to be hooked up again. Please pray that I get some encouraging news…need to hear it.

When Anne came across the old David Mallett folk song that Peter, Paul, and Mary made famous in the seventies…’The Garden Song” she said that she immediately thought of me with the verse “Inch by inch and row by row I’m going to make my garden grow” with so many people, friends and family, helping me inch along each row of this recovery path. Bless you all !

  • *So until tomorrow….With everyone’s help I know I will soon return to my garden…the sanctuary of my many adventures to come.
  • I tried to link this song for you but some reason it just wouldn’t do….but do take time to look it up and play it….your day will be better for it.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Last Sunday you might have picked up that Tommy and Kaitlyn arrived with four little dogs…not three. They have a foster dog, Shatzi, who was abused (puppy mill) and needed a foster home. He got invited to be on a local television program to see if someone might call and adopt him….he sat in my lap a lot Sunday and is such a sweet older dog. If anyone out there can help or is interested please let me know. Here is the video link (after the advertisement) to Shatzi and his story.

Our foster, Shatzi, made it on TV yesterday. (Tommy and Kaitlyn)


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 Beauty in the Common Things – A Source of Hope

  1. bcparkison says:

    I am so proud of little red. She (or he) is coming along just great and bringing great things for you.
    There is a plan to the madness just hang on.


  2. Becky Dingle says:

    I am hanging and know God has my hand…just will be glad when I find my way back on my path and see the light ahead….for now…holding on is my goal.


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