Sunday, March 18, 2012

saint patrick.

May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us.
Against the snares of the evil ones.
Against temptations of the world.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore.
-Saint Patrick, (389-460 AD)

That's what St. Patrick's Day should be about. Praising Jesus for raising up a man who was held captive for many years and spent the rest of his life helping people and loving people and discipling people for forty years in Ireland. He devoted his life to trying to make the name of Jesus famous. What a shame it is that we've turned his name into a reason to drink green beer and pinch people who aren't wearing the correct color. Most people probably don't even realize he was a real person, but I praise Jesus that a man as God-fearing as him walked the same earth then we do today.

What legacy will we leave behind for the next generations? What will they remember about you? What will they remember about me? May we all live a life that points to Jesus and shines bright for Him, no matter how people choose to tell the story after we leave this place.

"If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me."
-Saint Patrick

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