I enjoy a Shamrock Shake just as much as the next guy, but before the shamrocks and leprechauns, there was a real reason behind the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
Do you know the real story of who St. Patrick was?
It may or may not surprise you, but St. Patrick was not Irish at all. He was actually born and raised in Britain until he was kidnapped from his village and brought by a slave ship to Ireland about the age of 16. He spent 6 years as a Shepherd before He heard a voice in a dream leading him to escape to home.
Upon returning home he began to study ministry with the intention of bringing the gospel to Ireland.
If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me.- Saint Patrick
Patrick’s ministry lasted 29 years planting 300 churches and baptizing 120,000 in Ireland.
It is believed that he died on March 17, c. 461 A.D.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrates a man who knew the cost of discipleship. What can we learn from what we know of his life?
Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. – Saint Patrick