Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2015!

St. Patrick's Breastplate
"Christ be 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 inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger."

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! A day that should remind us of the importance of forgiveness and what can happen in this world when we truly follow the command to love our enemies. Easier said than done...but no one ever said it was easy. History rarely remembers "easy."

This morning as I was ladling spoonfuls of green batter into a frying pan Evelyn was given a brief history lesson of St. Patrick by her dear old dad. The story of an unexceptional teenage boy who was kidnapped, taken from his country, forced into slavery, and treated poorly for several years in Ireland. This boy wasn't sure if he believed in God, but in his years of capture it became clear to him that God was very real and he became a true Christian in the midst of his struggles.

Eventually the boy escaped on a ship back to his own country. Instead of spending the rest of his years bitterly resenting those who had hurt him, he felt compelled to go back to the place of his imprisonment and share the faith he had acquired with those he should have despised. He planned to become a missionary to his Irish enemies. And that's just what he did. Patrick took the good news of Christ to a pagan people, and in doing so he changed history and was a vehicle God used to change the eternity of thousands of people.

Things could have turned out so differently. He could have gone on with his life and never returned to face his adversaries...that's exactly what the world would have expected him to do. No one would have blamed him, and history would not have remembered anything about this ordinary boy's life. But look at what happens when we follow God's advice instead of the world's advice. Miraculous things happen. Imagine that!

We all have someone in our lives who has wronged us. Someone who doesn't deserve our forgiveness. Forgive them anyway. We don't deserve forgiveness either, but God gives it to us every day. Even when we curse him and aren't even sure if we believe in him. His patience with us is inconceivable. That is the message of St. Patrick's Day. Who knew it wasn't really about leprechaun's and pots of gold? ;)

But while we learn about the true meaning of this day, we still have fun with it around here. My kiddos are very Irish, after all. Even though...Patrick wasn't and the Irish were sort of the "bad guys" in this story...but whatever. Haha.

We started our day with green blueberry pancakes and scrounging the closets for anything green for Evelyn to wear to school. One thing this day always brings to my attention is how very little green we have in our wardrobes. :) I usually think for about five minutes to buy shirts just for this day, but then I talk myself out of it, haha. "I'll come up with something," I think. (And I never really do.)

The girls are so pumped for the activities they'll be doing at school today. Here's how Gracie's leprechaun trap turned out yesterday....

We added a rainbow to the top and some things to the back, but other than that, it's exactly the same as it was when Gracie was a little baby. I would have never guessed she'd be carting this thing off to preschool someday. :) I honestly have no idea what they are doing with these traps at school, but Grace is extremely excited to find out this afternoon! It's all she talked about last night.

I would like to do a special dinner tonight, but I haven't decided on anything just yet. Do you have anything special you do this day? As you can see, I'm not exactly organized at the moment. Still very much in the taking one day at a time phase - no time to plan these things! Everything is festive if you add green to it, right? I wonder how I could turn spaghetti green and convince everyone its traditional Irish fare...totally worked with the pancakes. ;)

I'll leave you today with a popular Irish quote that I hope is true for you and yours!

May neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you!

1 comment:

April Robert said...

Shepherds Pie or Corn beef brisket!


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