St. Patrick

March is the month of Saint Patrick’s Day. Who was Saint Patrick? Saint Patrick was a Priest who God called to Ireland to share the Gospel during the 5th century AD.

Here’s a little of his history. Saint Patrick was born as a Scottish Celt, was enslaved by pirates, and taken to Ireland. After six years, he was able to escape and made the journey home where his family said he was never to leave again. However, he went to France to become a priest. While in France he had a dream. In the dream, there was a man from Ireland that gave him letters from Ireland that read, “Come walk with us again.” Patrick took this as a call from God and made his way back to Ireland.

Now, you should know there was difference between the Celtic Christians and the Roman Christians. The Celtic Christians believed in the Bible and the Bible alone was their rule of faith. The Roman Christians based their beliefs on tradition and councils. Patrick faithfully shared the Bible teachings with the Emerald Isle. In 432 AD Ireland was considered a Christian Island.

St. Patrick is honored today as the patron saint of Ireland. He was faithful in his service to God and to the people of Ireland, teaching them to follow the Bible and the Christ of the Bible. It has been said that he also kept and taught the faithful keeping of God’s ten commandments, including the 4th commandment to remember the seventh-day Sabbath. His followers continued this for many years. His famous prayer is called “Patrick’s Breastplate”. It has been a comfort to many over the years. Here is an excerpt from that prayer that I found very relevant in my life…

May Christ protect me today:
Against poison and burning,
Against drowning and wounding,
So that I may have abundant reward;
Christ within me, Christ before me, Christ behind me;
Christ to the right of me, Christ to left of me;
Christ in my laying, Christ in my sitting, Christ in my rising;
Christ in the heart of all who think of me,
Christ on the tongue of all who speak to me,
Christ in the eye of all who see me,
Christ in the ear of all who hear me.

I see in this man a love for Jesus that made him pray that Jesus would be the center of his life. That is my prayer! I want Jesus to be the center of my life and that others would fall in love with Him! May we this month think about this man who dedicated his whole life to Jesus; that we may also find this kind of service to God and service to others.

Oh, by the way, did you know that the rainbow around the throne of God is an emerald rainbow? (Revelation 4:3) So if you’re Irish you maybe closer to God than you think!

May your walk with Jesus grow more amazing every day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Pastor Merrill