Monday, March 13, 2017

Why We Should Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

We celebrated with these cupcakes a few years ago; maybe we should again this year.  :)

What does St. Patrick's Day mean to you?  When I was growing up, I just thought it meant wearing green so you didn't get pinched.  But then I read How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill, and my thinking changed.

Patrick was kidnapped as a young man and taken to Ireland where he was basically a slave.  He remembered the Christian teaching he had received back when he lived in England and turned to Christ.

After he made his way back home, his heart became burdened by the unsaved Irish, so he returned there to tell them about Christ.  Many believed.

Then the Western Roman Empire (also known as the Byzantine Empire) collapsed, and masses of barbarians streamed through Europe, looting and pillaging.  They destroyed all the civilization they could find, including monasteries which were the centers for learning at that time, not just Christianity.  Europe which had been Christian was now mostly pagan.

So the Irish sent missionaries to Europe to lead the people back to God.

Instead of  How the Irish Saved Civilization,  maybe it should be "How Patrick Saved Civilization."

What stands out the most in this story is how God used one man in a mighty way to save Christianity.  One man is such a small thing, but God often works through just one man in this way.  Isn't it wonderful?

Can you think of other times in history when God used just one man?  What about David when he killed Goliath?  After that battle the Israelites never had a serious problem with the Philistines again, although there were a few small battles.  What about Abraham Lincoln?  As much as I think he was a horrible president, God used him to keep the United States together so that the Allies could defeat Hitler's Germany.

One man.  Such a small thing, but in the hands of a mighty God, well, almost anything is possible!  That's why we should celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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