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St. Patrick’s Day – Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wearing green. Corned beef and cabbage…and my family background is Scottish…so a bit of a mix for us.
Still love celebrating this day for all the right reasons. Photo Credit: Flickr
I am also planning to watch the David Kidd documentary Patrick. A friend who heard David Kidd speak shared the following with me via email – notes from his talk on the real Patrick (legends removed):
- He was born in 396 AD and died in 471 AD.
- Patrick was a man brought up on a Romano British Christian home somewhere in southwest Britain (his father was a deacon and grandfather a priest).
- He was kidnapped at 16 (he said he didn’t really know God at that time), trafficked, and taken to the West Coast of Ireland where he worked as a shepherd and learned Irish.
- As a slave, Patrick came to see the hand of God in his troubles. God broke through his defenses, and Patrick faced his unbelief and pride. Later he described how he turned to God whom he realized had been watching over him all the time. He became aware of God’s protection, and he discovered that God loved him as a father loves his son.
- Before this, he had ‘sinned’ – something that ‘lasted an hour’ and he believed that God punished him.
- God spoke to him in a dream about a ship to take him home. At 22, he managed to escape slavery.
- At home, he had another dream of the people in Ireland calling him back.
- He was obedient to the Spirit and went back to West Ireland (the ends of the earth at that time).
- He was beaten, harassed by thieves and robbers, admonished by his British superiors, but his work grew and he remained humble.
- He protested against injustice, esteemed women highly, and identified himself as Irish.
- His legacy was a vibrant Christianity which lasted hundreds of years while Britain and Europe fell into the Dark Ages.
What we can do to honor Patrick’s memory?
- The Past: Remember a humble man who had been mistreated, heard from God, obeyed, loved his enemies, lived his life for Jesus, and made a significant difference – not just in Ireland, but much of Europe.
- The Present: Use Patrick’s life to help people focus on what really matters…Christ Jesus.
- The Future: Be as faithful as Patrick and live for Jesus and His Kingdom – making a difference in this world with fruit that lasts.
Worship Wednesday – In Christ Alone – Townend & Getty