More than Green

With the various pinching that went on around here yesterday, I felt I needed to set the record straight regarding March 17th.

St. Patrick was a tough dude. He was kidnapped and enslaved in Ireland until he finally escaped back home to Britain. He was more than beer and green. After his escape, he had recurring dreams that God wanted him to go back to Ireland. He didn’t avenge his enslavement, but he sought reconciliation and shared his faith with others. For thirty years, Patrick spent his time starting churches and monastic communities and in prayer.

I’ve always loved the prayer of St. Patrick, and I offer it to you today. I guess the end of it could be looked at as a type of “God is watching you, be careful what you are doing” kind of warning. However, I always use this prayer when I am in need of great comfort. God’s presence should offer us comfort and protection….not shame and guilt. The responsibility that comes with God’s Great Love comes naturally when we understand how God’s Love works. This doesn’t mean we don’t blow it at times or that we aren’t selfish. God knows us inside and out. With God’s help healthy families can model this type of love and guidance for children. Pray this today and soak in the words.

Christ be with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.  Amen.

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