Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Remember to wear GREEN today! Luckily with Social Distancing, you are less likely to be pinched this year!
Today is the Feast Day of St. Patrick, one of the Patron Saints of Ireland who is celebrated now with Parades, green beer, green clothes, green food, gold luck charms, hunting for leprechauns and more.
But in fact, March 17th commemorates the 5th century death of this patron saint who was a missionary bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland. It has been said that he used a common Shamrock to explain the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and how God is at work in our lives. St. Patrick planted churches in small communities all across Ireland (similar to our own Wesleyan roots).
Besides all the GREEN everything, he is most known for this prayer “St. Patrick’s Breastplate.” (See the Picture).
As we have Journeyed this last year with Covid, I have had this prayer whispered to me in my prayer time. Reminder that Christ is in all things. Reminder to TRUST. Reminder of Christ’s protection. Reminder that Christ is with all of us in this time.
During Lent, we continue this Journey with Jesus – with prayer, compassion, service, and being a presence of peace.
I invite you, sit still and quiet for a minute. Visualize the words in this prayer – how is Christ in all the places and in all ways of our lives. Visualize your day and see how Christ moved before and around you. Do you see that peace? When you can see Christ in all the ways and movements of our day, you become a Presence of Peace – A Person of Peace.
Please, do all the GREEN and lucky things today. Also, Take on a new practice to examine your day for how Christ is within and around you, leading you to a presence of PEACE.
(Pastor Rodney is soaking up the Sun on a beach with the Fam…. He is for sure experiencing some Christ-in-the-waves and peace)