The U.S. Capitol was Built on Holy Ground…

Dear Reader:

Yesterday, with the conclusion of the January 6 Committee’s final public meeting … with recommendations for four criminal charges concerning the Capitol attack… being sent to the Justice Department… a dark day in American History and democracy ended.. except for the long-lingering memory.

And regardless of the Justice Department’s future stance… as a history teacher… no one will ever be able to erase the horror of the actions taken that day. Democracy run amuck for all the country to witness. It was just not in peril of being destroyed but also desecrated… as its history will show you.

I decided to spend some time researching the history of the US Capitol-using historian David Barton’s well -documented talents. Imagine my surprise when I read: ” Three weeks before Christmas, on December 4, 1800, Congress approved the use of the Capitol Building as a CHURCH building! “

* From Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln, many Presidents attended church at the Capitol… often as many as 2000 people in attendance! Wow!

* From 1800-1857-church services were held in various locations inside the Capitol Building

* Then from 1857-1869 services were held in the newly built House Chamber. In fact, the first official use of the building , as we recognize it today… as the House Chamber, had the first church service on December 13, 1857.

After 69 years of church services… they stopped and no historian could find out why… then Dan Cummins, a preacher from a small town in Texas became involved in an historical religious research program and became acquainted with several members of Congress … being asked to return to lead different sessions in prayer.

So today the Wednesday night services have returned ( thanks to Cummins) and ” Carols in the Capitol” started in Statuary Hall in 2017.

Carols in the Capitol Sing/Along
Statue of Washington Over looks a Gingerbread Capitol

So until tomorrow.. ” I have placed before you an open door/that no one can shut.”

If we truly are listening to God … we will find the doors opened for us to complete our unique task on earth.

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

Tarshie and Tyler

Look who came to fill in for Honey this year… daughter Tarshie and hubby Tyler! So sweet! Adorable couple!

The Southern Christmas Centerpiece ! The Apple Tree!

I moved Lisa’s wreath to my desk to make room for the Apple Tree!

Another God Wink… Look Who Showed Up at my windowSammy!!! He stared at me… perfectly still until I took his picture and with the flap of his wing … flew off! Merry Christmas Sammy!

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 The U.S. Capitol was Built on Holy Ground…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love the pineapple centerpiece and what a nice surprise with them delivering it for Honey …and seeing your favorite cardinal…❤🎄❤

  2. Marcia Hoffman says:

    Thank you for your research!!!
    Praise God🙌🏻
    Love your apple tree!
    Merry Christmas🎄

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