The Best Way to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

united-states-1195790_640“Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came
and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall.” – St. Patrick
To celebrate St. Patrick is to celebrate the power of the One True God who continues to work in those of us stones that lie in modern mud.
Irish raiders stole Patrick from his family, enslaving him for six years until he escaped back to his family in Britain.  After entering the church, Patrick returned to Ireland – to the people who had held him in slavery  – serving them as a missionary and spreading the truth of Jesus Christ.

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The Story of One Muddy Stone

united-states-1195790_640“Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came
and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall.” – St. Patrick
To celebrate St. Patrick is to celebrate the power of the One True God who continues to work in those of us stones that lie in modern mud.
Irish raiders stole Patrick from his family, enslaving him for six years until he escaped back to his family in Britain.  After entering the church, Patrick returned to Ireland – to the people who had held him in slavery  – serving them as a missionary and spreading the truth of Jesus Christ.
Today, before you don the green, cook up the corned beef, or raise a pint, consider those who have committed wrongs against you – those who perhaps held your spirit captive  – and choose, like St. Patrick, to forgive them, even to reach out to them, serve them, in the power of the name of Jesus Christ.
People harmed many of us in our youth. Like St. Patrick who was taken captive or Joseph, the dreamer, sold by his brothers into slavery,
we experienced harm and a certain type of bondage that interrupted our direct track to growing as we thought we should. St. Patrick and Joseph both found the power of God to be stronger than the power of those who had done them wrong.
They overcame through the spirit of Jesus Christ and not only broke free but forgave those who wronged them. Rather than being crippled by their captors, they translated their experiences into the language of God’s love and wove it into a greater story. 
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to celebrate a kind of freedom that many still have not experienced. The freedom to forgive those who have harmed us and to live our lives defined – not by them – but by our devotion to the truth and to Jesus Christ.
It isn’t an easy path. But it is possible path. Jesus. Jesus is the Way. Ask Patrick. He found the road. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
A celebration of those, freed by Christ, who spent their freedom serving others.

Remembering St. Patrick – One Who Has Gone Before in This Walk with Christ

We are blessed to live in a time when we have access to the stories of so many who loved Christ before we did and who followed Him through every imaginable obstacle and trial.

To celebrate St. Patrick is to celebrate the power of God who continues to work in those of us stones that lie in modern mud.

“Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall.”
Saint Patrick

“Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.” Saint Patrick

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. A Celebration of one with Deep Devotion to Jesus.

One More Tradition St. Patrick Started (That You Can Do to Celebrate Today)

We live in a time when we have access to the stories of so many who loved Christ before we did and who followed Him through every imaginable obstacle and trial. This is a wonderful resource for us as Christians.

To celebrate St. Patrick is to celebrate the power of God who continues to work in those of us stones that lie in modern mud. St. Patrick is quoted as saying:

“Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall.”

And this is a portion of the prayer of St. Patrick: “Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.”

Patrick was stolen from his family by Irish raiders and held as a slave for six years before escaping back to his family in Britain. After entering the church, he returned to Ireland – to the people who had held him in slavery – to serve them as a missionary and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

There are many reasons and ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Before you put on the green, cook up the corned beef and lift a Guinness today, you might look back on those who have committed wrongs against you – those who perhaps held your spirit captive – and you can choose, like St. Patrick, to forgive them and perhaps even to reach out to them in the power of the name of Jesus Christ.

Many of us were harmed by others in our youth. Like St. Patrick who was taken captive or Joseph, the dreamer who was sold by his brothers into slavery, many of us were harmed by those around us and experienced a certain type of bondage that shaped who we are. Patrick and Joseph both found the power of God in their lives stronger than the power of those who had done them wrong. They both overcame through the spirit of Jesus Christ and not only broke free but forgave those who did them wrong.

Take time today to ask God who it was in your past that harmed you, broke your spirit and held you captive. Pray the prayer of St. Patrick – Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me. Draw on the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ to forgive those who harmed you and ask Jesus to set you free, to deliver you completely from the bondage of the past – to set you so free, you could even share the love of Jesus with those who hurt you most.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to celebrate a kind of freedom that many of us still have not experienced. The freedom to forgive those who have harmed us and to live our lives defined – not by them – but by our devotion to the truth and to Jesus Christ.

It’s not easy. But it’s possible. Ask Patrick.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. A Celebration of one with Deep Devotion to Jesus.