St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us – Saturday, March 17. As I said in a recent post, our city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of my favorite Louisville parades. And since the parade always occurs the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll be celebrating it a full week early this year, on March 10.
My friend Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, wrote a great article called “St. Patrick: One Of The Greatest Missionaries Who Ever Lived.” It’s a fascinating, short account of Patrick’s life and missionary strategy. As Pastor Mark says, by the end of Patrick’s life:
“He had seen untold thousands of people convert as between 30-40 of the 150 tribes had become substantially Christian. He had trained 1000 pastors, planted 700 churches, and was the first noted person in history to take a strong public stand against slavery.”
Let his story inspire you to live as a missionary in your neighborhood, and let it remind you to pray for the many Sojourners involved in taking the gospel to the nations.
St. Patrick’s Day is a great chance to show hospitality, to make friends and to use this public celebration as a starting point for teaching our kids about Christ’s call to serve and to teach the gospel. Let them eat candy, let them wear green, take them to the parade, and then teach them about this man of Christ.
From the ancient hymn “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”:
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man 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.
- Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you have any fun or meaningful traditions for this day?