Amidst all the controversy about whether or not Christmas and Easter have pagan origins, there is one holiday that has so completely lost it's meaning that for many it does not even closely resemble it's original purpose.
St. Patrick's Day
This is sad, because the story about St. Patrick - the real St. Patrick - is inspiring.
Born in England in the 5th century, Patrick was captured as a slave and taken to Ireland. After six years he escaped and returned to his family. After his escape, while home with his family, he had a vision in which he heard a call to return and evangelize the pagan Irish.
He returned to the country where he was formerly kept as a slave, only this time as a free Christian missionary, and saw thousands converted to Christianity. He is quoted as saying that he baptized thousands of people.
The shamrock is a symbol of St. Patrick because it is believed that he used it to illustrate the Trinity.
Sadly St. Patrick's Day for many has lost this important and inspiring meaning, and is merely a day where we wear green to avoid being pinched and drink a lot of beer.
This week I will be doing St. Patrick's Day projects with my children, ones that illustrate the real St. Patrick and his work to carry the gospel to the the lost. I will share these with you on Wednesday.
In a world where we elevate the wrong kind of heroes, I want my children to look up to those who sacrificed all for the sake of the gospel!!
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