Greetings and Joy in Abundance!

Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?

I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.

Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.

Random? Probably not.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick the Missionary...Green, Party or History?

So, I was just thinking about St. Patrick's Day and how everyone is all decked out in green clothes and if not, getting pinched all throughout the seems all fun and innocent, and the parades are fun!  The truth is that not much is ever shared about good ole' St. Patrick.  Why is it that as years go by, we tend to enjoy the green food, green beer, green clothes, green costumes, a reason to party and completely ignore the fact that there is a good solid reason for the festivity?

I often wonder if I am at times a little kooky for wanting to know the history and reason behind things.  But I'll tell you, that being Irish, I always wanted to know about St. Patrick and the history of Erin go Braugh.  My Grandpa McCarthy used to share stories with us from his family who came from Ireland from time to time. 

One of the significant pieces of this short little story for you today is that the Missionary work of St. Patrick led directly to the conversion of many pagans to Christianity.  It might have been the reason some of my ancestors were able to leave a legacy for me.  I appreciate the parties, the fun and exciting green displays and the opportunity to share a bit of the reason for the fun.

Wow - yet another day going by...the cool breeze floating through my window, the Irish lilt in the Celtic music being played, the prayers being said to aid in the transformation of hearts and minds and the parties being planned to honor a man who answered the call on his life and spent years training to learn how to help people learn more about God.

I am so blessed by my heritage.  I am so grateful to my ancestors and to the missionaries that took risks and suffered so that so many might come to learn about what it means to accept the amazing grace that God has so freely and generously given to us. 

When I really think about the gift of salvation and eternal life, that it is given with no strings, no expectation and no act we must perform, it is hard to believe.  Why? The only answer is, "God so loved the world that He gave his one and only begotten son, so that whosoever may believe in Him shall have eternal life."  That is the story of our salvation - the history behind this day.  The real truth of what and who we are and how we have come to be.  God loves us.  He loves us so much that He would do anything to save one of us.  But we have our own choice.  He will not come and drag us kicking and screaming.  We must willingly and wholeheartedly desire to be with God and to basque in His embrace and love.  Of course, I'm not sure why we wouldn't want to...but of course there is choice.

Today, I am just grateful for the gift I have been given and hope that lies in the sacrifice that my Creator, Redeemer and Friend made for me so many years ago on a cross at Calvary.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit....
Amen and Amen.

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