Life Always Wins…Especially At Christmas

Dear Reader:

Haven’t we all found ourselves saying ‘tried and true’ words of condolences about a friend or loved one who passes away around Christmas? We shake our heads and think…it is going to be such a sad Christmas for the family, etc.

Of course this is true…like any day of the year…when someone we care for leaves this world. “The first Christmas” is the hardest…we whisper…and other nod in mutual understanding.

Yet…isn’t Christmas about life, new life, and old? The world was changed one Christmas Eve with the birth of the Christ Child…and it has never been the same again…even Christ’s later passing couldn’t stop life from re-entering our world in a different sphere… re-defining the knowledge of life… ever more.

Minister and theologian, Quinn Caldwell reflects on this theme and adds his personal thoughts on the subject.

” Life is not limited to humans. This is the God who notes the fall of every sparrow, right? Surely God noted the fall of ever pterodactyl. 

“Niney-nine percent of all the different species that once lived are now extinct. And yet, the place is full of life. Why? Because God does not let extinction win. The dinosaurs go down to bones and molecules, and the mammals rise up to take their place. Homo Sapiens appear on earth and one very particular Homo sapiens, soon to be born in Bethlehem, goes down to dust and rises up the king of heaven.”

Death happens, but so does resurrection. Extinction happens, but so does evolution. And if our bones fit together differently when we walk out of the valley than when we walked in, maybe that’s not so bad. Our good looks have taken awhile to settle in our genes. 🙂

On a personal note…God understands that losing our beloved Tiggy at this time of year is emotionally tough…made more so with the holidays…but it is also a lesson in life and the beauty and reassurance that it will continue, no matter what.

No human or animal is so powerful…that the world will stop at their demise…the world will keep turning…and we will keep learning…that loss is part of finding and re-discovering who we are and how to accept change…no matter the circumstance.

So until tomorrow…

The original Christmas Day changed the world forever…ensuring that life would not only continue…but be better because of  the One born in a manger with love enough to help us keep rediscovering unconditional love over and over…with losses and additions to our lives.

Tiggy’s photo was added yesterday to Boo’s Prayer Tree. Poogie and Tiggy together again.

Christmas keeps spreading as I keep finding more ideas….

Making crosses out of cinnamon sticks adds to a Christmas tree…fantastic smells fill the home.

Jake lost something yesterday…his first tooth…his front tooth..a little lisp for Jake this “Merree Chrithmath!” Too cute!

 

 

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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4 Responses to Life Always Wins…Especially At Christmas

  1. Pat jackson says:

    So very true! Hard to believe it’s been two years since I lost my son! Always sad but with Gods help and prayers we make it! Merry Christmas

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  2. Becky Dingle says:

    Oh Pat…that is the hardest….what would we do without faith…I don’t know how non-believers keep going…”and grace will lead us home.” Merry Christmas friend!

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  3. Rachel Edwards says:

    Powerful message…remember Doug Hetzel passing during the holiday season and Gary Bailey…hard on those who are left behind…

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Always so hard for those left behind…but for them they had a joyous Christmas with the angels…a re-birth of joy and wonderment.

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