A Glimpse of Kairos Time… at Christmas Time

Christmas is Coming… Christmas is coming!

Dear Reader:

Haven’t we all experienced Christmases when time became our taunting nemesis with more to do than 24 hours a day allowed? Didn’t we wish for more hours in each day in preparation for Christmas-… so much so that the day after Christmas found us in pj’s, under the covers, completely immobilized?

Recently we discussed , on an earlier post, that COVID has forced us to change some of our Christmas traditions and how hard that can be. Certain stories or decorations or carols performed together make us feel like we’re ” calling the birth of God into existence again.”

Traditions feel more like ” a collapsing of time, a drawing in of the past and future into one long now.”

Minister Quinn Caldwell comments that ” theologians would say we’re stepping out of ordinary time, or what they call chronos, and catching a glimpse of God’s time, or what they call kairos.

In chronos, minute follows minute, and you can only go forward; that’s where we live most of the time. But for God, in kairos, every moment is one, and your first Christmas, your last Christmas, this Christmas and the redemption of the whole world are all happening right now, forever. ”

Caldwell goes on to explain that it is one of the reasons people love this time of year so much, that quality it has that, for many people more than any other time of the year, let’s us glimpse the world the way God sees it.

“Lo how a rose ere blooming”

So until tomorrow…God, grant that the songs, stories, and traditions of this season might become passageways leading straight to Your Heart!

Today is my favorite day. Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday we finally got rain after a two month drought period-my flowers are so happy! Every now and then we all need a rainy day to curl up in a comfy chair or sofa and read a good book!

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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