Sacred Ordinariness

Dear Reader:

Anne invited several friends, including me, to attend our church’s early service … held in our beautiful wooded area behind the sanctuary-an alternative worship site since COVID-19 hit. Weather permitting this service is held outdoors with worshippers bringing their own lawn chairs.

It was and is exactly the kind of worship service I am drawn to these days-simple but powerful-with nature providing the natural rhythms of music with the wind, the leaves, the birds and trees talking among themselves.

It was if our bodies and spirits found holiness in simply breathing, in simply being. This type of service reminds us just how precious the act of breathing is… until we can no longer draw another…

After my initial breast cancer prognosis was given to me… I remember that my memories took me back to the most ordinary days of my life-made memorable by a conversation, a tear, communicating with another through laughter, a hug or kiss, a loved one or friend … these became the moments of holy hallowed ordinariness!

It wasn’t all my adventures though I was profusely thankful I took each opportunity to travel and see more of this beautiful planet we all call home. Instead it was the ordinary incidents of life that surpassed the extraordinary! As long as our lives are enriched and personally fulfilling… we have lead a ” extraordinary ” life… no matter the circumstances or surroundings!

So until tomorrow… ” May we always trust the journey… knowing we are right on time, exactly where we are supposed to be.” (Kelly Rae Roberts)

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

🤞Don’t forget! Today is the first day of June! Remember to say ” Rabbit, Rabbit” and have a jubilant June!

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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3 Responses to Sacred Ordinariness

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Agree that there is no better place to worship than outside surrounded by all of God’s beautiful creations. I worked at a Baptist camp one summer when I was in college and in the mornings we had our devotionals alone in the woods in silence and every night we had group mtgs in the chapel on the side of a mtn
    …Holy…Holy…Holy…

    And Rabbit x 3 for 1st of June. Prayers for Suzy as she grows weaker…❤🙏❤

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Will do Gin-g…and will update the blog post readers…so so sorry. I think that is why I like the early morning outside service…it reminds me of camp and how I felt God’s presence one summer as a young teen at Vespers…such a special time of the day…that and early morning.as the dawn rises.

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  2. Roz VanAlstyne says:

    Becky, I am trying to reach you. I don’t have your cell phone #. Please check messenger on your Facebook account.

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