St. Patrick’s Day
This is sad, because the story about St. Patrick – the real St. Patrick – is so inspiring.
Born in England in the 5th century, Patrick was captured as a slave and taken to Ireland. After six years he escaped and returned to his family. After his escape, while home with his family, he had a vision in which he heard a call to return and evangelize the pagan Irish.
He returned to the country where he was formerly kept as a slave, only this time as a free Christian missionary, and saw thousands converted to Christianity. He is quoted as saying that he baptized thousands of people.
The shamrock is a symbol of St. Patrick because it is believed that he used it to illustrate the Trinity.
Sadly St. Patrick’s Day for many has lost this important and inspiring meaning, and is merely a day where we wear green to avoid being pinched and drink a lot of beer.
Here are three ways you can reclaim Saint Patrick’s Day
1. Use the Shamrock to share the gospel. Wear a Shamrock and when someone comments on it, share with them about the real St. Patrick.2. Avoid Luck. Rainbows, pots of gold, and leprechauns have nothing to do with the real story of Saint Patrick’s Day. Much of that is based in paganism, let’s bring it back to the gospel!
3. Use the color green. I love the Wordless Book. It offers a clear visual that associates colors with different aspects of the gospel. You can share with your children the wordless book, and then focus on green – how we grow in Jesus Christ.
4. Follow His Lead. Identify ways you and your family can use creative illustrations to share the gospel with the lost. Saint Patrick used nature, he used a shamrock – clover – to simply the often-complex concept of the trinity. Find one creative illustration you can use to share the gospel, and then try it out!
In a world where we elevate the wrong kind of heroes, I want my children to look up to those who sacrificed all for the sake of the gospel!! Let’s not forget who Saint Patrick really was.
Let’s reclaim Saint Patrick’s Day!
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