The Cornerstone of Our Lives: Faith

Dear Reader:

Isaiah 28:16 talks about a tried stone. A tried stone is a fine grained stone used for carving statues. Stone is a solid nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is made. A piece of stone can be shaped for a specific purpose.

In every stone building, one stone is crucial. It is laid first, and it is to ensure that the building is square and stable. It is the rock upon which the weight of the entire structure rests. It is the cornerstone.

Today’s StoryWorth question asked me how I thought my faith was different from my parents’ faith. I can truthfully say my faith has come directly down to me from my mother…but I still have far to go to get to the highest level of faith that mother held throughout her life.

Since my father died when I was so little…I can only go on what I witnessed watching his mother, Grandmother Barbour(Callie) each time we visited the Barbour family in Durham. If “Callie” wasn’t helping cook or clean she was sitting in her old rocking chair…brought there from Smithfield, North Carolina.

I never saw Grandmother Barbour in that rocker without the Bible in her lap…many times I would think she was napping…but then I realized her lips were moving silently and she was still memorizing scripture into her late eighties.

Mother certainly questioned different parts of scripture in her Bible readings but she never lost her faith… she had me learning and reciting the Shorter Catechism before the congregation one Easter Sunday when I was eleven… while still in late grade school.

At the time I wasn’t that thrilled about it but now I am so thankful mother made me do this…because to me, as an educator, I don’t think one can consider themselves an educated person if they can’t recognize certain quotes of scripture.

You might put these lessons under historical quotes and not just spiritual ones…but recognizing the metaphors throughout the Bible is the “cornerstone” of a well-rounded education.

If mother had not passed down her strong faith to me, not just in words, but in how she lived her life…I would have been completely lost when cancer invaded my body threatening to take my life with it.

I honestly don’t understand how people get through the tough times without faith in God- to have nothing to fall back on-…I honestly don’t…to not have anything or any One to rely upon would be the worst thing that could happen to me…much worse than fighting metastatic breast cancer.

I know all denominations and religions are, sadly, losing potential worshipers/believers in droves. I can’t help but think there is a link between the lack of morality seen today and the absence of a foundation of basic parables, poems, and quotes from scripture.

Certainly part of the reason is the hypocrisy young people see between the “talkers” and the “walkers” ….talking a good game and walking a righteous path (as an example for others following behind us) are two completely different”animals.”

If all children are given the chance to hear the stories of old and are familiar with them…then as adults they can decide on their faith or not …at least based on past knowledge… not just contemporary hearsay.

So until tomorrow…

I gave the pails  to the grandchildren yesterday with the heart glasses and bracelets…candies…it was fun. Then the grandchildren gifted me their special artistic valentines…Love your flowers Eva Cate!

Thank you  little Dingle clan for your creative stick-on hearts poster for me…so bright and fun!

 

P.S. And thank you Joan for the beautiful book marker, candy, and soap…so sweet…Eva Cate and Jake loved having y’all visit…hopefully next time it will be sunny…hope y’all didn’t run into snow and ice on the way home to Alabama!

 

 

 

 

Mollie and Lisa Register each gave me “mystery” spring blooms…have to wait and see what pops up. Too much fun!

 

 

Thank everyone for a wonderful “heart” day…every day should be one.

 

 

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 The Cornerstone of Our Lives: Faith

  1. I am so glad you wrote about this topic! Very important one… Especially for people who have gone through a traumatic or difficult journey in life and realize how important their Faith is to get through that journey with a happier heart 💕. I have gone through a difficult journey without relying on my Faith and it made it that much harder! I will never do that again. I’m so glad you got the flower in the box! It’s supposed to be Sun flowers. 🌻

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Sun flowers…love it…though they might need a bigger home or maybe they are special little sunflowers that bring big big smiles…will keep you attuned to what mother nature shows us through the growing process!

      Faith is the best lantern to us when we are lost…it is the only light left to follow during dark days. So glad Lisa you found it the second time around. Love ya girl!

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Becky…how true your words are today. Faith is the essence of our being to accept what ever life sends our way. I also remember my grandparents and parents reading from their Bibles…and living the words that they read. I also love hymns because they come straight from the Bible and whenever I have situations in my life a hymn will pop into my head. When Paul and Blake were youngsters they memorized enough hymns that they were given a hymnal of their own by the children’s music ministry at our church…and one time when we were at my Mother’s home Paul showef her a list of Bible verses thst he had tyoed thst were his favorites. I just know that when I say my prayers I thank God that I was raised in a Christian home and shown how important faith is…

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      So true…to be raised in a home where core virtues like honesty, goodness, generosity, helpfulness, integrity are ingrained in us make us one of the lucky ones…where courage is not just talked about but shown and that moral courage is the highest obtainable achievement of the soul.

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