Light and Shadow

The Adoration of the Shepherds-Rembrandt

Dear Reader:

Rembrandt has been called ” a compelling storyteller on canvas.” His painting The Adoration of the Shepherds portrays the darkened stable in Bethlehem where two shepherds kneel beside the manger while others stand farther away.

One man holds a lantern, but the brightest light shines not from his lantern but from the Christ-child, illuminating those who have gathered close to him.

Seven hundred years before Jesus’ birth, Isaiah used an image of light and shadow to foretell the coming of a Savior for Israel: ” The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.” ( Isaiah 9:2, 6)

Each person may see a different story in Rembrandt’s famous painting, but perhaps each of us is represented somewhere in the stable. Are we kneeling in worship, standing back in hesitation, or hiding from the light that has penetrated our darkness?

So until tomorrow… Christmas invites us to step out of the shadows of darkness and to allow the light of Christ to shine into our hearts. ( Source: Finding Peace at Christmas devotions-David McCasland)

Today is my favorite day. Winnie the Pooh

And speaking of darkness and light we are two days out from the winter solstice-Tuesday, December 21, is the shortest day of the year or the longest night of the year-depending on one’s personal perspective.

We might break a record today-temps suppose to be very close to 80 ! I am having to water, water, water my porch poinsettias!

Walsh and Rutledge are having lots of fun in Atlanta-his team won their first game and we’re waiting to see who they will play for the championship game later in the day-will update tomorrow-main thing-having fun!

Faith in Christmas is not a leap into the dark… it’s a step into the light!

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 Light and Shadow

  1. Beautiful post, Becky. I iwsh you and your family the joys and hopes of the Christmas season. May 2022 be your best year, ever. Thank you for the joy your posts deliver into my email each day, from wonderful sayings to the antics of your sisterhood to watching your grandchildren grow. It’s always a pleasure to read them.

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