March 17, 2010

It's Not REALLY about Green Beer....

St. Patrick

I love St. Patrick's Day. It is a day to remember....Saint Patrick of course. He was born in England in 387 AD. He was kidnapped by Irish Raiders as a boy and taken to be a slave in Ireland. He escaped after many years and found his way back from Ireland to his homeland of England. Once back in his homeland he joined the Church, which was a continuation of the closeness he felt to God while alone as a slave. As an adult he was called by God to go back to Ireland and bring Christianity to all who would listen. St. Patrick started many churches and through his love for Christ changed the land where he was a hostage not long before.

Over the years the Saints acts have been somewhat embellished, one embellishment of St. Patrick's life was that he alone drove out all the snakes in Ireland and that is why today no snakes are found. But most likely he dealt with the "snakes" that were used as serpent symbolism that was seen in the land.

St. Patrick was a brave man who answered the call of God to save a land of people who he could have easily turned away from because of harsh childhood memories. It is no wonder that many churches added the label of saint to his name.

This is why I love St. Patrick's Day, it is a day that reminds me of a man who followed the call of God in the face of adversity, a man who lived a life that we remember more than 1600 years later.

St. Patrick is said to author a famous prayer, I pray an exert of the Breastplate Prayer most days...this is a prayer that brings me peace and comfort.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Christ with you today, laddy and lasses.