Have you ever noticed how an “old wives tale” that is told over and over again, becomes known as the truth? Or how the truth is manipulated until it is an “old wives tale?” Such is what has happened to March 17 or Saint Patrick’s day.
Saint Patrick’s day was the celebration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It had nothing to do with Irish heritage, wearing of the green, shamrocks, or drinking beer. Saint Patrick’s day, over the years, has evolved from truth to fable. A reason for people to claim their Irish heritage, no matter how distant, and paaaaarrrrty!
This Saint Patrick’s day, we should turn it back into the truth! Following in Saint Patrick’s footsteps, we make it a day of witnessing. Telling people about the real life they can have in Jesus Christ! A life eternal. We can stand on the street corner and at shopping malls, handing out a little hope to everyone passing.
If you feel too intimidated for direct witnessing, bring cookies or cupcakes to work. Share with others kindness and smiles, take someone under your wing who is struggling and alone. A little kindness goes a long way. Let’s turn this day from obnoxious and raunchy to good Christian fun and outreach!
Churches could offer celebration services full of uplifting music and call-to-action sermons. Dinners for the community and visits to the nursing homes. A true day of outreach beyond the church’s front doors. Accepting of those, who may appear unacceptable but are only lost. Loving your neighbor as you love yourself!
By now, I am sure you get my point! In honor of Christianity being brought to Ireland and to the suffering of this world, I say, “May God’s grace be upon you, may His love fill your heart until it bursts upon your family and friends, and may you always find your nest in His loving arms!”