Seeing Sacredness in the Ordinary

The Circle in Our Everyday Lives

Dear Reader:

Yesterday was the ending of a full circle of days spent together as a family. It has been so nice cuddling with Eva Cate each afternoon as we watched the Hallmark mystery movies together-I realize our shared love for these type movies won’t last long as Eva Cate grows and changes so I know this time is precious.

Precious memories

It is the same with everyday rituals-Kent Nerburn discusses this when reflecting meals together at the end of the day.

One evening while eating supper together Nerburn observes: ” It dawned on me that the table itself is prayer enough. It draws us into a circle, the most mythic and powerful of all human shapes. We pass the food from hand to hand, the most sacramental of all common human acts. Though it remains unspoken , even unrealized, our shared meal creates a bond among us and for a moment,makes us one.

There is no mystery in why Jesus chose a meal to reveal his death to those he loved, why he chose a meal to commemorate his truth. It is the time of common celebration when the taking of nourishment fills us with simple joy.

The Dakotah Sioux would often take the choicest piece of meat and cast it into the fire before beginning to eat. The Tibetans place the first food of a meal outside the door as an offering to the hungry spirits.

Today food comes too easily to us thus we have lost the sense of the meal as holy gift. We care less about sustenance, more about choice. Still… as I watch the family laugh, argue, share stories of the day-we are filled with the elemental joy that comes with nourishment. It is a small moment… but it is ours.

Leaving yesterday…. I agree with Kent Nerburn! Missing shared meals with family will be one of the hardest rituals to lose… eating by oneself is very different.

So until tomorrow… Thank you Father for opportunities to still feel needed and be part of Your Family within our families.

Winnie-pretty in pink

*** The Ukraine Fundraiser Honey is participating in are ” Bowls for Hope.” To raise funds for humanitarian efforts. Every year St John’s in the Wilderness conducts an ” empty bowl” project for the community. Honey took this idea she has contributed her talents to… for years and applied it to Ukraine-sorry I confused you calling it a plate-they are bowls made personally by hand by our Honey. Good deeds are still alive and well with good people!

One funny last note: Jake, my first grader, told me yesterday morning… before leaving for school, he was going to ask his teacher if he was good enough to earn the ” coveted” 5 Star for being really really good-after all he has been living with four ” girls” all week since his dad left. ” Four?” I asked. ” Yes! You and mommy and Eva Cate and Winnie.” I kept a straight face and told him I hoped he got his ” 5.” Time will tell.

Hope you fished out a ” 5″ !

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 Seeing Sacredness in the Ordinary

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Becky…it is so true about gathering and shari g a meal. I love eating at Suzy and Clyde’s because they always treated their guests royally with fresh from the garden veggies and homemade desserts and breads…but the most important aspect of the meal was the conversations…I always cherish this time…either laughing or seriously contemplating the topics being discussed…you never eat and hop up…the meal time is at least an hour or more. Clyde is continuing this tradition…thank the Lord.

    Bless Jake’s heart…hope he gets his 5 star award. I always tease women who live with all men because I did…not a lot of drama but too much testerone…🙄😉😬

    • Becky Dingle says:

      It is always an adjustment returning home after sharing family upclose and personal for almost a week, Miss the hugs and snuggles- human touch is critical to human needs!

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